Robert Landy, Founding and Past Program Director

Robert Landy, Founding and Past Program Director

Robert J. Landy, Ph.D., 1975, University of California

Robert Landy is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT), a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT) and Board Certified Trainer (BCT). A pioneer in the profession of Drama Therapy, he lectures and trains professionals internationally. As a drama therapist, Landy has more than 35 years of clinical experience, having treated children and adults with a wide range of psychiatric, cognitive and adjustment problems. Recently he co-founded the Institute for Drama Therapy in New York City, offering workshops and trainings to both professionals and students. He has also worked in prisons, developing programs to treat mentally ill offenders as well as the general population within New York State correctional facilities.

At NYU, Robert is Professor of Educational Theatre and Applied Psychology and Founding Director of the Drama Therapy Program, which he started in 1984.

As researcher and writer, Robert has published and produced numerous books, articles, films and plays in the fields of Drama, Drama Therapy, Musical Theatre and related topics. He has been featured in the media in the CBS-TV series “Drama in Education,” the award-winning documentary film, Standing Tall, and his own production, “Three Approaches to Drama Therapy.” His 2008 book The Couch and the Stage: Integrating Words and Action in Psychotherapy examined the relationship between psychotherapy and Drama Therapy. His most recent book (with David Montgomery), Theatre for Change: Education, Social Action, Therapy, examines the relationship between Drama Therapy and applied forms of theatre.

Robert has received numerous awards and honors including the Distinguished Teaching Medal from New York University, a Fulbright grant to lecture at the University of Lisbon, the Gertrud Schattner Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Field of Drama Therapy , and the Daniel Griffiths Award from New York University for distinguished research,. He has been cited, reviewed, and interviewed in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Village Voice, and The Los Angeles Times.