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.
Prepare for a fulfilling academic career in research and teaching in the rehabilitation sciences through interdisciplinary study across health fields.
Conduct cutting-edge and innovative research that addresses the most pressing questions in the cultural and educational arenas of theatre.
Prepare for roles such as principal, curriculum developer, and policy analyst in this practice-based doctorate with an emphasis on arts-based research methods.
News and Events
This new policy document provides evidence that art based activities and arts therapies can meaningfully improve one’s self confidence, opportunities to grieve losses, a renewed sense of belonging, and offer hope.
Travel to Rio de Janeiro to study the Theatre of the Oppressed, a system of games, techniques, and exercises for using theatre as a vehicle for personal and social change in partnership with local practitioners.
Documentary co-produced by Professors Maria Hodermarska and Nisha Sajnani exploring the psychosomatic impact of 9/11 in the lives of people of color in NYC won Best Documentary (Feel the Reel International Film Festival) and Best Black Lives Matter film (Amsterdam International Film Festival).
NYU Drama Therapy faculty and licensed Creative Arts Therapist Heidi Landis penned an opinion piece on the importance of arts funding in schools for City Limits.
Following a dynamite opening at the American Repertory Theater, Crystal Lucas-Perry will play John Adams in the musical 1776. This cast features a female, trans, and non-binary cast in a fierce reimagining of history.
Britton Williams collaborated with Hartford Stage, working with the cast of ‘Lost in Yonkers’ to identify how trauma manifests in the lives of the characters in the play.
NYU Drama Therapy Faculty Dana Trottier and Britton Williams together with alum Alexis Powell offered a demonstration of Drama Therapy on Bloomberg Quicktake with Scarlet Fu.
Every February, the NYU Program in Drama Therapy opens the doors to our Theatre & Health Lab to present our latest research, examine current and emerging innovations, and inspire a culture of inquiry in drama therapy.
Many Steinhardt researchers and artists will be speaking at this first-of-its-kind symposium.
Nisha Sajnani is featured in a News 12 Connecticut story on treating PTSD with drama therapy.
NYU Steinhardt Launches Research Initiative in Collaboration with the World Health Organization and the Museum of Modern Art, September 20-21.
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.
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.
Dr. Sajnani organized a special issue of Drama Therapy Review related to drama therapy, technology, and new media.
The program worked with members of Penn South to perform a special adaptation of the hit Broadway musical.
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.
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.
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.