People - Drama Therapy

Acting Program Director: Maria Hodermarska

Maria Hodermarska, MA, RDT, LCAT, CASAC, ICADAC

Phone: 212-992-9756

Maria Hodermarska is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT), a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT), a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC), and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (ICADAC). Her work spans both the creative and applied psychological uses of the theater arts, most often within NGOs, community-based mental health programs and alcohol/substance abuse treatment programs serving un-served or under-served populations.

Ms. Hodermarska has taught in the Graduate Program in Drama Therapy at NYU Steinhardt since 1995. She is the coordinator of creative arts therapies for Project Common Bond, an international symposium for young people who have lost a family member to an act of terror, armed or inter-religious conflict. She is former Ethics Chair for the National Association for Drama Therapy and is a former Education Chairperson for the same organization.

Ms. Hodermarska has presented and consulted internationally to various organizations including: Palacký University in the Czech Republic, Mount Sinai School of Medicine Department of Community and Preventative Medicine, Program in Health and Human Rights, the Yale University Department of Psychology in Psychiatry, the American Association of Mental Retardation (AAMR), Duke University School of Medicine, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, Cuyahoga County Developmental Services Office, and the Maryland Chapter of AAMR. She has presented at Grand Rounds for many major area hospitals, and lectured at NYU School of Social Work and Union Theological Seminary.

Her current research involves the use of duoethnographic methodologies to examine the lived experience of disability and its impact on emotional intimacy in relationship. A blog which serves as the data trail for her current research can be found at

Degrees Held

  • BFA
  • MA


2015 Steinhardt Arts and Culture Grant
2015 Steinhardt 125th Anniversary Grant
2014 Service Award presented by the North American Drama Therapy Association at its annual conference in Yosemite, CA, for service to the NADTA. 
2012 Excellence in Teaching Award, New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

2007-2008 Teaching Excellence Award, New York University, Steinhardt School of Education, Culture, and Human Development, for extraordinary dedication to the transmission of knowledge.

New York City Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, 1998 Creative Connections Award

NYU Founders Day Award

NYU Paulette Goddard Remarque Scholarship


Hodermarska, M. & Benjamin, P. & Omens, S. (in press). The Play as the Client: An Autobiographical Experiment in Therapeutic Theater. In S. Pendzik, R. Emunah, and D. R. Johnson (Eds.), Autobiographical, Self-Revelatory, and Auto-Ethnographic forms of Therapeutic Theatre.
Hodermarska, M. (in press). Mother, Son and then some: On Autism and Dramatic Reality, in Haythorne, D. and Seymour, A. The Handbook of Autism and Drama Therapy. London, UK: Routledge.
Hodermarska, M.& Landy, R. & Dintino, C. & Mowers, D. & Sajnani, N. (2015). As Performance: Aesthetic and Ethical Considerations for Therapeutic Theater. Drama Therapy Review. 1:2.
Hodermarska, M. (2015). Body Knowledge and Living Enquiry. For the proceeding of the SPOLEC╠îNÝ PROSTOR – COMMON SPACE –OBSHCHEYE PROSTRANSTVO 2014 international conference of expressive therapies and psychotherapy focused on body and psychosomatic approach: Research • Education • Practice Art Centre of Palacký University in Olomouc Univerzitní 3, Olomouc, Czech Republic.
Landy, R. & Hodermarska, M. (2015) Role, in Bas van der Mije (ed.), Vocabulary for the study of religion. Netherlands: Brill Publishers.
Hodermarska, M. & Haen, C. & McLellan, L. (2014) Exquisite Corpse: On Dissociation, Deadness, and Co-Construction – Implications for Trauma-Informed Drama Therapy, in Johnson, D., and Sajanani, N. (Eds) Trauma informed drama therapy: transforming clinics, classrooms, and communities.
Hodermarska, M. (2013) Autism as performance, Dramatherapy, 35:1,64-76
Landy, R.& Hodermarska, M. & Mowers, D. & Perrin, D. (2013) Performance as art-based research in drama therapy supervision, in S McNiff (ed.), Art as research opportunities and challenges. Chicago, Il: Intellect Ltd.
Landy, R.& Hodermarska, M.& Mowers, D. & Perrin, D. (2012) Performance as art-based research in drama therapy supervision, in S.McNiff , (ed.), The Journal of Applied Arts and Health focused on Art-Based Research
Hodermarska, M., (2011) Forward. Theater as life; practical wisdom drawn from great acting teachers, actors, and actresses. Wisconsin: Marquette University Press
Hodermarska, M. (2009) Perfume: The Countertransferential Drama with Babies Who Smell Bad, in The Arts in Psychotherapy, volume 36, pp.39-46.
Hodermarska, M., and Scott-Moncrieff, S. (2007) Operatic play: a drama and music therapy collaboration, in V. Camilleri, MA, MT-BC (ed), Healing the Inner City Child: Creative Arts Therapies with At-Risk Children. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 
Hodermarska, M., and Golden, H., (1991) Drinking, Drugs, and Developmental Disabilities: A Handbook for Professionals. New York: AHRC Press.


  • Introduction to Drama Therapy
  • Internship in Drama Therapy
  • Advanced Theories and Research in Drama Therapy
  • Ethics in Drama Therapy

Research Interests

  • Drama Therapy
  • Trauma
  • Attachment
  • Substance Abuse