NYU Educational Theatre & Drama Therapy Forum 2019: Theatre & Health

April 11-14, 2019

An aging population, increasing climate and politically-motivated displacement, unstable housing, the rise of depression and anxiety, and the challenges of providing comprehensive healthcare amongst other concerns make health a significant challenge for our times. With this in mind, we invite you to join us for an exploration of how theatre, including improvisation, performance, and other drama processes, contribute to psychological, neurological, physical, social, civic and public health. Teachers, drama therapists, applied improvisation practitioners, theatre-makers, performance artists, and scholars are invited to come together to share vocabularies, ideas, strategies, practices, measures, and outcomes.

During this event, participants will consider the following questions:
  • What understandings of health and wellbeing inform improvisation and theatre-making?
  • How can theatre, including performance, improvisation and other drama processes, be used to address specific health concerns and promote wellbeing?
  • How can we assess health outcomes related to theatre?
  • How are artists, educators, and therapists using improvisation and performance in health related research?
  • How do health-related contexts inform aesthetic choices and social considerations?
  • What factors contribute to the therapeutic benefits of theatre?
  • What practices facilitate accessibility and participation in therapeutic theatre?

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We look forward to seeing you at NYU in the spring!


The 2019 NYU Forum Committee


Dr. Nisha Sajnani and Dr. David Montgomery, Co-Chairs

We thank the Tri-State Chapter of the North American Drama Therapy Association for their support and sponsorship.