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Alumnus’ Mental Health Awareness Project Receives NEA Grant

Citiview Connections Clubhouse has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Artworks II Grant in collaboration with Village Playback Theatre for a project addressing mental health stigma in Queens.

Drama Therapy alumnus Russell Roten, Director of Citiview, is heading this yearlong mission along with Randy Mulder, Director of Village Playback Theatre.

Citiview Connections, which was founded by Goodwill Industries of Greater NY and Northern NJ in 1994, is an Internationally Accredited Clubhouse for adults with psychiatric disabilities.

Under the guidance of Village Playback Theatre, an applied theatre company based in New York City, selected members of Citiview Connections Clubhouse will train and perform with professional actors throughout this project. Performances will be available to adults with mental illness in shelters, residences, and treatment programs culminating in shows for the general public in May, Mental Health Awareness month, of 2016. The purpose of the performances is to de-stigmatize mental illness and promote healthy treatment options.

Roten graduated from the NYU Drama Therapy program in 2005 and has supervised Drama Therapy interns at the Continuing Day Treatment program of Goodwill Industries of Greater NY & Northern NJ from 2005-2008 as well as The Other Place of Goddard Riverside Community Center from 2009-2013.