Taylor & Francis is featuring one of my articles among their “Most Read in February 2018” in the Teaching Artist Journal. Click on this link to see their special collection and gain free access to my work. Ambassadors of Aesthetic Experience: The Healing Legacy of Maxine Greene Teaching Artist Journal, 14(1), 24-29.
As a Diversity Trainer, I have helped dismantle misogyny and homophobia through the Mankind Project (MKP) since 2008. Using dramatic play, we facilitate powerful awakenings for men. Tens of thousands of men have improved their emotional intelligence and forged bonds outside their communities through these transformative experiences. I transfer the awareness wrought from this work […]
I recreated a mini version of Kindergarten Truck at the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama conference in Phoenix, AZ March 30-April 2, 2016. In this session, participants co-investigated my interactive performance art installation. We looked at how playing in civic playspaces guided by principles of aesthetic distance could liberate and reveal audiences’ vulnerable […]
This winter, I traveled to Spain to direct a production of The Disputation, a unique play portraying a public debate between Christians and Jews in medieval Barcelona. 700 college students from around the world saw the play simultaneously interpreted in four languages. In addition to working with the talented cast, crew, and producers, I had […]
This workshop was delivered at the meeting of the North American Drama Therapy Association in Boston, MA. Combining Campbell’s Hero’s Journey with Landy’s Role Method and Lowenfeld’s World Technique, this original framework makes the healing process accessible for a wide variety of populations. Seated with small objects, Tabletop Journey affords greater control and containment, yet the […]
Each year, the Performance Award is given to an NADTA member in recognition of the exemplary use of live or recorded performance to facilitate individual or collective awareness and transformation. I was honored to be recipient last year! I wish to thank the NADTA Board members, everyone who nominated me, and the many people who supported […]
Two of my recent articles about theatre and education were featured in Taylor & Francis’s collection.
I was honored by the journal “Contemporary Educator” to deliver a plenary speech to 1,000 elementary educators at their conference in Shanghai.
Kindergarten Truck: Participatory Play in Public was reprinted in Routledge’s new Major Themes in Mental Health Series entitled Expressive Therapies, edited by Nicholas Mazza. This series is aimed at the library market, which will hopefully open up a large new set of readers to learn about the power of drama for advocacy, community building, and […]
I was proud to serve as the Manager of this event at New York University:
In this workshop facilitated at the New York University Forum on Ethnodrama, participants devised an original ethnodrama about their own lives: an autoethnodrama. We surveyed a few ways to begin a reflective and creative process through structured storytelling, journaling, and physical improvisation exercises. This workshop was based on a sequence originally presented by Johnny Saldaña, […]
Assistant directing this Theatre for Young Audiences production was a true joy as Philip Taylor requested lots of my creative input. I really enjoyed choreographing the fight sequences and coaching the actors to use an Australian accent.
Teaching physical theatre successfully relies on a reverence for the human soul in order to cultivate risk-forward embodiment while demanding technical precision. In an effort to illuminate such praxis, this article documents and analyzes the experiences of novice physical theatre performers guided by master teaching artist and performer, Dr. Nancy Smithner. Teaching Artist Journal 14(4), […]
在戏剧教育与戏剧治疗之间的探索:国际途径 Excerpts from my 2015 Article “Between Drama Education and Drama Therapy: International Approaches to Successful Navigation” were translated into Chinese And Published for the 1st International Symposium of Creative Arts Education and Therapy in Beijing, China, May 6-8, 2016.
I chaired this panel featuring Lee Chasen, Marianne Chasen, Diane Feldman, and Sarah McMullian at the New York University Forum on Educational Theatre. My panelists had all implemented drama/theatre approaches in a range of educational settings–making connections across the curriculum and beyond–as well as prisons, heath settings, and community centers. I guide the panel and […]
In this article I reflect on the power, potential, and limits of teaching artistry based on existential philosophies of Maxine Greene and psychotherapy. Teaching Artist Journal, 14(1), 24-29. dx.doi.org/10.1080/15411796.2016.1147801
The ongoing professionalization of drama therapy in North America has been wrought from an interdisciplinary and intercultural crucible. In this chapter, my colleague Jason Butler and I update and synthesize disparate accounts of the field’s contentious genealogy amidst themes of solidarity, territorialism, incommensurability, marginalization, and validation. Building upon a metaphor of human development (Landy, 1996; […]
I conceived, produced, directed, and performed in this public performance experience staged inside a box truck. Audiences were briefly transported back to the magical world of childhood guided by playful actors. Much more information and blog posts can be found on my dedicated website: kindergartentruck.com
To illuminate scenes from The Book of Esther, I orchestrated a 60-member crew to guide 400 audience members across nine locations of a three-story synagogue in 2 hours. Organizing the logistics required tremendous planning. With the help of my dear friend Scott Osman, here is a glimpse at how I finally laid out the teams: […]
This article describes a workshop I presented at the 2013 congress of the International Drama/Education Association (IDEA) in Paris with Jason Butler and Clive Holmwood. Using the workshop experience as a backdrop, my colleagues and I discuss concepts within drama therapy that might serve to inform the use of emotion within education and other applied theatre […]