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Drama Therapy

Master of Arts
Drama Therapy

Our advanced clinical training in counseling and course work in drama therapy will prepare you to promote health and wellbeing in a range of wellness contexts.

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Develop Research Skills and Focus Your Studies on Drama Therapy

Deepen your understanding of drama therapy and become a competent researcher in the field. There are three options for doctoral study in drama therapy at NYU.

Doctor of Philosophy
Rehabilitation Sciences

Prepare for a fulfilling academic career in research and teaching in the rehabilitation sciences through interdisciplinary study across health fields.

Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities

Conduct cutting-edge and innovative research that addresses the most pressing questions in the cultural and educational arenas of theatre.

Doctor of Education
Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities

Prepare for roles such as principal, curriculum developer, and policy analyst in this practice-based doctorate with an emphasis on arts-based research methods.

Robert J. Landy Archive and Scholarship

Dr. Robert Landy, Ph.D., RDT-BCT, LCAT, founding Emeritus Professor of the NYU Program in Drama Therapy, has been a key figure in the development and widespread use of drama therapy for nearly four decades.

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News and Events

NYU Steinhardt co-produces Healing Arts Symposium

Many Steinhardt researchers and artists will be speaking at this first-of-its-kind symposium.

Nisha Sajnani on News 12 Connecticut

Nisha Sajnani is featured in a News 12 Connecticut story on treating PTSD with drama therapy.

How the Arts Improve Health

NYU Steinhardt Launches Research Initiative in Collaboration with the World Health Organization and the Museum of Modern Art, September 20-21.

What Does 9/11 Mean to New York City Today?

A BIPOC Team of Theater Artists and Therapists Examine Underrepresented Legacies of Trauma, August 27-29

New Research on Therapeutic Factors in the Creative Arts Therapies

Members of the International Research Alliance in the NYU CAT Consortium publish new open-access article on how the creative arts therapies facilitate psychological change.

Steinhardt Faculty Selected for NYU Aging Incubator Fellows Program

Faculty will support the development of interdisciplinary research and educational initiatives to improve the health and well-being of the oldest segment of our human population.

"Aesthetic Presence": The Importance of the Arts in the Education of Creative Arts Therapists Online

Dr. Sajnani, Christine Mayor, and Heather Tillberg-Webb published a new article on the role of the arts in the training of arts therapists.

Suzannah E. Gratz Receives The Samuel Eshborn Service Award

The award is presented to graduating graduate students in recognition of extraordinary service, exhibiting the value of strong leadership in school activities.

Message from the MPAP Chair on Racism and Black Lives Matter

"It is time for us to take responsibility and to take concrete steps to make MPAP an academic performance community where diversity and inclusion are indispensable and at the core of our teaching, training, and learning."

Nisha Sajnani Leads Special Issue on Drama Therapy and Technology

Dr. Sajnani organized a special issue of Drama Therapy Review related to drama therapy, technology, and new media.

NYU Steinhardt’s Drama Therapy Program To Host Therapeutic Theatre Festival for Care Providers, May 1-3

The Drama Therapy program will host a therapeutic theatre festival called, "Drama Therapists @ Home" from May 1-3. The event will feature creative performances, followed by breakout sessions where care providers can reflect on the themes showcased in the performances.

Drama Therapy Stages Pilot Production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof SR.' with Senior Community Members

The program worked with members of Penn South to perform a special adaptation of the hit Broadway musical.

NYU Sends Delegation to the UN

Dr. Nisha Sajnani was invited by Christopher Bailey, Chair of the Arts and Health working group of the World Health Organization, to bring a drama therapy delegation to a special session of the 12th UN Convention on The Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Can Art Save Lives? Questions for Nisha Sajnani on How Drama Therapy Heals

Nisha Sajnani, PhD, RDT-BCT, is an associate professor at NYU Steinhardt and the director of the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions’ Drama Therapy Program.

Nisha Sajnani Receives NADTA Gertrud Schattner Award

The North American Drama Therapy Association has awarded Dr. Nisha Sajnani, director the Drama Therapy program, the Gertrud Schattner Award, the highest honor that the organization bestows.