As Performance: Therapeutic Theatre Lab

As Performance: Therapeutic Theatre Lab

The NYU Program in Drama Therapy As Performance series is a laboratory in therapeutic theatre. We create theatre with real people about their real lives and, together, discover the factors that contribute to how theatre supports health and healing.

Therapeutic theatre is defined by its intent to support the health and wellbeing of actors and/or audiences. It encompasses several genres including self-revelatory, auto/ethnographic, and collective performance and is one approach used by drama therapists to support remembering, recovery, and/or rehabilitation. The therapeutic value of performance arises from the co-creative process undertaken in rehearsals, the organizing of personal stories, and the experience of being witnessed by intentional and public audiences. Therapeutic outcomes may include an increased sense of belonging, a reduction in shame and stigma, and an experience of hope, meaning, and agency.

By framing the topics that we explore in this series as performance, we acknowledge the contingent and socially constructed quality of our everyday personas and the stories that we live within. These narratives become available to exploration and change when expressed through performance.

The As Performance lab is led by Dr. Nisha Sajnani and Maria Hodermarska and includes several graduate-level research and production staff and assistants. Our research has already begun to shed light on methodological approaches associated with this practice, aesthetic and ethical considerations, and the impact that theatre can have on our physical, cognitive, emotional, and social health.

We are so grateful for the alumni, playwrights, and organizations who partner with us. Through this series, we discover just how theatre changes lives and why, with so many options available to us, we still find meaning in gathering together, often in the dark, to participate in the life of a play.

Spring 2018

The Empty Space As Performance
Thursday, February 1 at 8pm
Friday, February 2 at 8pm
Saturday, February 3 at 3pm and 8pm

Black Box Theatre, 82 Washington Square East
ADMISSION: $15 General, $5 Students & Seniors
For tickets, contact NYU Box Office.
ONLINE: tickets.nyu.edu
BY PHONE: 212-998-4941
IN PERSON: 566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South)

Queer As Performance
Thursday, April 5 at 8pm
Friday, April 6 at 8pm
Saturday, April 7 at 3pm and 8pm
Sunday, April 8 at 3pm

Provincetown Playhouse, 133 Macdougal Street
ADMISSION: $15 General, $5 Students & Seniors
For tickets, contact NYU Box Office.
ONLINE: tickets.nyu.edu (tickets on sale soon)
BY PHONE: 212-998-4941
IN PERSON: 566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South) 

Past Performances