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Student Experience

Drama Therapy

Therapeutic Theatre Series

Internships and Research

Graduate students in drama therapy may participate in one or more productions in our therapeutic theatre series. Therapeutic theatre is the intentional use of performance to address psychological, physical, and social concerns and promote health and wellbeing. It is one approach used by drama therapists to support goals such as reminiscence, recovery, rehabilitation, and advocacy.  Every year, we collaborate with community organizations and mental health clinics who want to bring their stories to the stage. We co-create theatre with real people about their real lives and, together, discover how theatre changes lives.   

For example, as part of their course in Therapeutic Theatre (MPADT-GE 2121), students collaborated with JASA, an innovator in aging services in NYC, the Penn South Program for Seniors, and Music Theatre International to produce a pilot production of Fiddler on the Roof Sr. Our collaboration with Penn South continues with groups led by student interns involving playwriting, scene study, improv, and stand-up comedy.

See past productions in our therapeutic theatre series.

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The Creative Arts Therapies team at NYC H+H/Kings County during the Covid-19 pandemic

Internships  

During your first year, you will participate in a course on clinical populations. This course combines our unique theatre-based pedagogy with a fieldwork component that will prepare you for internships. You will then do a Clinical Internship throughout your second year where you can expect to work in hospitals, schools, rehabilitation facilities, community organizations, and mental health clinics.

Learn more about MA Drama Therapy Internships

Research

In addition to coursework and internships, students in drama therapy will complete a substantial thesis project that demonstrates both theoretical and accumulated clinical experience. Upon completion of the thesis, you will present your work as a poster session in a mini research symposium. Students may also participate in projects connected with our Theatre and Health Lab.

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The Collideoscope Repertory Theatre Company (CTRC) is a virtual therapeutic theatre company with a mission to advance racial justice and healing through performance and beloved community. The company is composed of students, alums, and partnering artists. Through this company, drama therapy students become increasingly familiar with the work of playwrights of color and develop a professional network. The CTRC is led by Artistic Director and NYU Drama Therapy Alum, Adam Stevens.

Consortium

NYU Creative Arts Therapies Consortium

The NYU Creative Arts Therapies Consortium aims to advance public knowledge and research in the creative arts therapies. Building upon NYU’s historical and well-regarded leadership in the creative arts therapies, this Consortium offers a venue for collaborative inquiry and continuing education about innovations in the arts therapies and the arts in healthcare.

Learn more about NYU Creative Arts Therapies Consortium.

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Events

Throughout the year, there are events for MA Drama Therapy students that include student-led mentorship meetings and workshops, conferences, lectures, book signings, and community collaborations in our therapeutic theatre series. These events highlight the work of faculty, students and alumni and bring together our diverse community of drama therapists.

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Information Sessions

Every year there are a number of information sessions on site and online for prospective students. These sessions will give insights into the program, its requirements and what to expect from the program. Please contact us at nyudramatherapy@nyu.edu if you are interested in learning about upcoming dates.