NYU Steinhardt News

Maria Hodermarska Invited to Czech Republic

This spring, Maria Hodermarska, master teacher in the program in Drama Therapy, was invited to teach at Palacky University in Olomouc in the Czech Republic. She spent a week in Olomouc and delivered a paper titled, “Body Knowledge and Living Enquiry in Clinical Supervision of Creative Arts Therapists.”  

Hodermarska presented a half-day workshop on "Role Theory and Method in Drama Therapy: The Hero's Journey" at the Common Space Conference at Palacky University. The conference was sponsored by the University, the Czech Parliament and the European Union. At Palacky University, she taught Role Theory and Method in Drama Therapy as well as Performing Disability: Disability Theory, Greenspan's DAR (Floortime) Model, and Developmental Transformations in Drama Therapy.

Hodermarska was also recently part of a panel discussion at Pace University that explored how disability is represented in film and media with, among others, Janice Chisholm of the New York City Bureau of Developmental Disabilities and Anita Altman, the founder of the NY Reelabilites Film Festival. Hodermarska spoke about the applications of emerging concepts in Disability Theory on representation and encounter, the challenges as a parent in confronting her own issues with her son's difference, as well as her aspirations for new forms of representation of disability that require rethinking narrative and that challenge typical audiences to engage directly with their discomfort in encountering and claiming disability. The event was sponsored by Pace University, NYU Poly, AHRC New York City, and the Reelabilities Film Festival.