This article was commissioned by RiDE’s Guest Editor Colette Conroy for her themed edition: Perspectives on Aesthetics and Participation. I deconstructed my street theatre project, Kindergarten Truck, which blended the arenas of activism, education, healing and performance aesthetics as I encouraged audiences to participate through role-playing as children. I describe how drama therapy directly informed my […]
Jason Butler and I co-facilitated this embodied panel and workshop at the meeting of the North American Drama Therapy Association in Yosemite, CA. As the fourth annual Educators’ Forum, this workshop once again created space for drama therapy educators to come together for support and collaboration. In connection with that year’s theme, we looked at ideas […]
As one of Dr. Greene’s last students at Columbia University, I proudly recruited her to deliver a keynote address on the opening night of NYU’s annual forum, for which I was the organizing manager. Sadly, this would become Maxine’s final public appearance before she did later that year. In this blog post, I recount a few more […]
Atonement on Yom Kippur can be deepened through imagination, community-building, and sacred play. Alongside Shoshana Jedwab (and once with her partner Jill Hammer), I have developed and facilitated several creative breakout sessions preceding the final prayer service, Neilah. Dramatic strategies have helped me create unique spaces for engaging, immersive prayer at Romemu. Informed by expressive […]
How can socially-engaged and educational theatre/drama ethically serve marginalized and vulnerable populations? As Chair of this panel including Ashley Forman, David Montgomery, and Juliana Saxton, we explored answers and unearthed deeper questions at the American Alliance for Theatre and Education conference in Denver, CO. Despite our best intentions, the terrain at the intersections of […]
Each year, NYC’s Jewish Community Center celebrates the holiday of Shavuot with an all-night learning event, Tikkun, meaning “heal.” Jews of all races, denominations, genders, ages, orientations, and levels of observance attended my session, inviting them to “delve, encounter, connect, and discover the breadth and depth of our communal and individual identities through a series […]
I co-authored, directed, and performed in this community-engaged Theatre of Faith performance project on The Book of Esther at Romemu synagogue, framed shamelessly around the structures and sketches of Saturday Night Live. Our “Cold Open” was Caveman Lawyer defending King Ahashverosh against Vashti over her refusal to dance, and from there we were off to the races […]
This was my 3rd Purim Shpiel at Romemu, a community-engaged Theatre of Faith performance project on The Book of Esther at Romemu synagogue. This year’s concept was all based on popular media themes. One of my favorite moments was a slow motion battle fought with giant pencils to music from Les Miserables. The title of […]
In the weeks following Hurricane Sandy, children were among the most neglected bystanders. My collaborator David Schechter and I travelled to Far Rockaway Beach in Queens, NY to contribute a puppet performance to the Rockaway Kids Carnival. We rented a van to bring fellow volunteers to the site and used the back as a makeshift […]
In this invited blog post, my colleague Lucy McLellan and share about the our upcoming presentation at the North American Drama Therapy Association’s conference themed on trauma.
In 2012, I was hired as the new Director of FACES, Maimonides Medical Center’s teen health educational company in Borough Park, Brooklyn. I left Interfaith Medical Center after nearly 8 years for the opportunity to more fully integrate my clinical skills with pedagogy, artistic expression, and civic activism. Together with a diverse cast of teenagers, […]
From 2005-2012, I worked full-time at Interfaith Medical Center on 3 different units using Drama Therapy. Inpatient Adult Acute Psychiatric Unit I began as Psychiatric Rehabilitation Therapist working with patients suffering from a wide range of diagnoses. Most of our clients were in crisis and considered to be a danger to themselves or others. Charged […]
In this invited guest blog post, I discuss the ethereal paradox of using video as an approach to drama therapy based on creating over 300 video shorts with clients. https://nadtconference.wordpress.com/2010/11/03/film-the-conference-and-liminal-space-andrew-gaines/
NRDC commissioned Six Characters to create these two videos for their climate change awareness campaign. In Arctic Margarita, I played the President of the United States: In Global Warmth, I am featured as the Husband in a “Cold” and loveless marriage:
This article unpacks my experience presenting a workshop called “Athletes of Emotion: Rasaboxes in Drama Therapy” at the North American Drama Therapy Association’s conference in Montreal, 2007. In ways, this article feels like a confession because I convey the darker sides that preceded the glory of the “gift” that follows. I hope that readers might identify with me […]
Click here for the New York Times review online!
My award-winning silent physical comedy troupe Six Characters meshed vaudevillian stage antics with video. We proudly earned praises from the New York Times. Trailer of “Best Show Ever!” And here’s Andrew in the skit “Tiny Pie Stand”
This Theatre for Young Audiences production was a musical adaptation of the classic Three Little Pigs. I played Lou P. Wolf, a devilish and kooky villain. My performance caught the eye of reviewer Lynne Heffley from the LA Times. Click here for the online version!