Why Study Drama Therapy?

    Using role-play, theatre games, mime, puppetry, improvisation, mask work, psychodrama and developmental psychology, drama therapists work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, mental centers, prisons, and businesses.

    Explore the intersection of Theatre Arts and Psychology in the Drama Therapy Minor, where you’ll learn about the basic concepts and practices in the field. The minor will prepare you for both clinical and educational settings, through theoretical and applied course work. Whether you want to follow your calling in social work, mental health counseling, or apply for grad school in Drama Therapy, you’ll be ready.

    Why Study Drama Therapy at MMC?

    In the Drama Therapy minor, you’ll get to intern in the theatre capital of North America, study in a nationally competitive Theatre program, and work directly with Psychology and Theatre professors who are all working professionals in their field.

    What You Will Learn

    As a Drama Therapy Minor, you’ll learn to:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic theories and practices of Ddrama Ttherapy.
    • Articulate perspectives on the healing properties of theater and drama.
    • Combine your psychological and clinical knowledge with innovative techniques in drama therapy to best address the unique needs of various vulnerable populations, from those with disabilities to the elderly.



    Careers and Outcomes

    Alumni of MMC’s Drama Therapy minor have gone on to pursue master’s degrees at prestigious universities including Concordia University, Lesley University, and New York University, and have built rewarding careers across the country in leading health care and social programs.

    Careers and Training

    • Clara Maass Medical Center (Belleville, NJ)
    • Creative Kinections Institute (Westfield, NJ)
    • Drama Therapy Center (Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN)
    • Family Connections (Brooklyn, NY)
    • The Healing Center (Brooklyn, NY)
    • Interfaith Medical Center (Brooklyn, NY)
    • Mercy Home (Brooklyn, NY)
    • Mt. Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital: Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department (New York, NY)
    • The Post Traumatic Stress Center (New Haven, CT)
    • Self-help Community Services (Brooklyn, NY)
    • Sesame Street Workshop (New York, NY) Kings County Hospital Center (Brooklyn, NY)
    • VIBS Family Violence & Rape Crisis Center (Suffolk County, NY)

    Laura Wood ’05

    Professor Laura Wood ’05 with the students in her THTR 322 Drama Therapy: Theories and Practice course (May 2018)

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