NYU Drama Therapy Faculty and Student Perspectives

Wanning: I was actually an engineer, um, but I feel like
I was a robot, and I, I was actually working with robots. [All Laughing] [Intro Music] I found NYU and I was like, “Yeah, that’s, that’s
it,” and I watched Robert’s video and I started to cry. Dr. Landy: I want you to get a picture in your mind
of a little seed. So take your time and begin to grow into a thing that is going to stand
tall. Dr. Dintino: Drama therapy puts the stories and the
relationships and the roles we play in life, uh, right up front. Zahra: Yeah, I think it’s about harnessing the power of
theatre and drama, and all the ritual that’s involved in that. It’s giving a voice and it’s giving that space to,
to stories that might not otherwise been heard. Maya: I think the use of metaphor in drama therapy,
using it in the social context in my country, in Israel, and exploring the, the conflicts that
we have many of there, I think that it could bring to growth, and to more communication,
and more understanding of both sides. Dr. Dintino: Drama therapy is done, um, in schools, in
hospitals, in prisons, nursing homes. [Students Agree] Darci: It’s great for, for people who have experienced
trauma, children or domestic violence victims. Dr. Dintino: And the students at NYU get to do
internships with all of these different populations. Zahra: It’s a really rigorous program. The, the level
of theory and the level of, of attention to practice and methodology, that’s, that’s inculcated, it’s not
something that is purely an artistic process. There’s a lot of psychology and science that
goes into it as well. Ana: I wanted the academic rigor. I wanted the
experience. I wanted to be playing in the classroom, but I also needed to kind of buff
up my research skills, and I want to be somebody that is out there writing and, and putting work
into the field, and I felt like NYU was the best place to do that. Darci: And one of the great
things about how the program is set up is in our classrooms we get really the individualized
attention because we have smaller cohorts, and then also, um, the really nice balance between
lecture and theory and, and deep discussion with each other. And then also, you know, we get to
get on our feet and we embody and, and we get to actually practice what we’re learning. Dr. Dintino: We started now the As Performance series,
which we really consider a lab and a research program. We’ve done shows with people with, with cancer. Actress: What would you do? Who would you trust? What questions would you ask? Would you ask, “Why me?” Group: “Why me? Why me?” Dr. Dintino: [continuing] And we’re actually doing
performances on the stage with people who suffer from varying, um, issues. Darci: To be able to look at, you know, a book list
and see the names, um, and articles and books of the people that I get to sit in class with and learn from. Zahra: It’s such a privilege. Many of us are pretty far away from home but in the way we aren’t that far away from home, because there’s a way to get back home
in each of our, our lives. We can access different populations, we can speak to our diaspora. Maya: There’s also the kind of the cohort and the
school becomes a, a home. [Students Agreeing] Wanning: Yeah, when I first came I feel like, wow, this is
kind of home. I feel like a, a strong sense of belonging because of the strong drama therapy
community. [Students Agreeing] Zahra: You’re welcomed like nowhere else. Wanning: Like being feeling really being supported. Zahra: Precisely [Music Continues]

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