At Lesley University students develop an understanding of how the intentional use of improvisation, storytelling, role-play, performance, and other dramatic action methods can communicate inner experience, strengthen relationships, and promote well-being. In addition, our program provides students to become both a licensed mental health counselor and drama therapist by learning from leaders in the fields of drama therapy, psychodrama, and expressive therapies. Our graduates pursue careers in a variety of settings, including schools, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, community organizations, correctional facilities, and private practice.

With both an on-campus and low-residency program, our 60-credit Master of Arts degree will help you promote spontaneity and creativity in relationships and combine the study and application of dramatic action techniques with a trauma-informed, culturally responsive approach to mental health counseling. Through theory and practice, explore and examine issues of form, aesthetics, and principles central to performance. You'll come to understand the use of creativity and transformation from a broader perspective as you master your chosen specialization as well as learn from others. Learn how to assess clients of all ages and backgrounds and select the most appropriate treatment approach. 

With experiential and dynamic instruction, student research laboratory opportunities, and individual one on one support, the Lesley drama therapy and clinical mental health counseling program is ready to support you on your journey.

Drama Therapy Program Information 


Drama Therapy Program
5 Phillips Place
Cambridge, MA
Phone: (617) 349-8689

Jason Butler, PhD, LCAT, RDT/BCT
Associate Professor and Coordinator, Drama Therapy Program
Expressive Therapies Division, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences

Accredited by the North American Drama Therapy Association since 2014.