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Drama Therapy

Founded in 1983, Drama Therapy at NYU Steinhardt offers you world-class training with leading drama therapists in New York City. Graduate students complete a final thesis or performance focusing on clinical research.

The program is approved by the New York State Education Department and qualifies graduates for Licensure in Creative Arts Therapy (LCAT) in New York State after 1500 hours of post-graduate supervised practice and licensing exams. Those wishing to pursue licenses outside of New York should contact Ellen Smittle, Program Administrator (

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

Healing, Bridging, Thriving: A Reflection from the Arts and Health Caucus

Dr. Nisha Sajnani and her co-conveners share their reflections from "Healing, Bridging, Thriving: A Summit on Arts and Culture," hosted by the White House Domestic Policy Council and National Endowment for the Arts.

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Using Theatre to Confront Healthcare Discrimination in NYC

The NYC Health Equity Project’s recent workshop explored how theatre can help change discriminatory attitudes and actions in healthcare.

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Arts Activities Promote Health: An Interview with Dr. Nisha Sajnani

The University Hospitals of Geneva magazine interviewed Nisha Sajnani, Associate Professor and Director of the Program in Drama Therapy and co-director of the Jameel Arts & Health Lab at NYU Steinhardt established in collaboration with the WHO, about the health benefits of the arts.

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