TIME WORKSHOP/SESSION INFORMATION

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM PST

11:00AM - 12:15 PM EST

Coffee Talk ("World Cafe") Opening 

NETWORKING SESSION (ALL CONFERENCE EVENT)

No CEs will be awarded for this session.

 

 

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM PST

12:30 PM - 3:30 PM EST

 CHED Forum

WORKSHOP/FORUM (ALL CONFERENCE EVENT)

PRESENTERS

 NADTA CHED Committee

CEs: 3 hrs RDT*, LCAT, & NBCC

*This offering is eligible for RDT CE hours toward the CHED-content area.

 

 

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM PST

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM EST

 30 MINUTE BREAK

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM PST

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM EST

(Concurrent Sessions)

Barrier-Free Theatre vs COVID-19

PERFORMANCE

DESCRIPTION

Kansas State University’s drama therapy program hosts the Barrier-Free Theatre every year. The actors consist of adults from the community who have disabilities and K-State students who devise an original play based on their ideas. Focus is on building the community actors’ social skills, emotional self-understanding, self-expression, self-confidence and helping them strengthen their executive function while K-State students earn internship hours as they help the other cast members create improvs, learn how to make accommodations or adaptations to create an even playing field, and serve as actors and stage managers in the play. About 22 actors from the community and 12 K-Staters work once a week from September to April: improvising, creating, and casting of the play in the fall and rehearsing the play in the spring.In 2019 the group chose to create a Fairy Tale Adventure, and so “Happy Endings” was born. However, March 2020 COVID-19 shut sent the community actors into a year-long quarantine in their group homes. Everyone was promised that the show would go on – eventually -- and that COVID would not beat us. With vaccines completed by mid-March 2021, rehearsals started again exactly one year from the date we would have returned from spring break. Since audiences were not allowed, the group livestreamed the show filmed on three cameras by Journalism/Mass Communications students.We would like to share the video of our performance and our process for creation and for overcoming the obstacles that COVID-19 tried to put in our way. 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  1. Participants will learn about the Barrier-Free method of therapeutic theatre and see it in action.
  2. Participants will learn the principles of creating accommodations and adaptations for clients with many different kinds of physical and cognitive disabilities.
  3. Participants will learn about how to confront stigmas in themselves toward people with disabilities and how to confront others in a useful manner.

PRESENTERS

Sally Bailey, MFA, MSW, RDT-BCT, is Professor of Theatre and Director of the Drama Therapy Program at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. Her books include Barrier-Free Theatre, The Drama Therapy Decision Tree, Drama in the Inclusive Classroom, and Careers in Creative Arts Therapies. A past president of NADTA, she is recipient of the 2006 NADTA Gertrud Schattner Award and the 2018 NADTA Teaching Excellence Award.

Bryant Mehay, MA, CRTS, is a graduate of KSU's freshly accredited Drama Therapy program. Acting credits include Humpty Dumpty for Barrier-Free Theatre, aspiring drag artist, playwright, and researcher. Located in Denver, CO.

Emily Fraser, BA,  is a student in the Drama Therapy program at Kansas State University.

Kim Wong, BA, is a banjo plucking, Lindy Hopping, sizzling drama therapy student at Kansas State University. She’s from Wichita, KS and doesn’t know how to farm.

Jessica Bilgrad, BA, Jessica Bilgrad is a second-year student at Kansas State University.

Alyssa Frey, LMSW, is in her second year in the drama therapy program at Kansas State University. Her master’s project focuses on intergenerational storytelling and puppetry with members of the Potawatami nation

CONTINUING EDUCATION 1.5 HRS RDT

*This offering is eligible for RDT CE hours toward the CHED-content area.

Keep Learning, Elmo Loves You: An Exploration of Drama Therapy Peer Supervision in the Time of COVID-19

PERFORMANCE

DESCRIPTION 

These presenters graduated from Lesley University’s drama therapy program in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. Immediately upon completion of their Zoom graduation ceremony, which left them feeling uncertain and unmoored, they began weekly drama therapy peer supervision sessions in an attempt to find support and drama therapy community as they embarked on their careers. Navigating imposter syndrome, burnout, and the struggle to preserve their drama therapist selves, these sessions served as an anchor throughout an uncertain time of transition when human connection was reduced to small boxes on a screen. This performance is a compilation of real-life examples and theatrical representations of these sessions. It is meant to give witnesses a glimpse into the experience of graduating into the world of the pandemic as (almost) drama therapists struggling to hold onto their drama therapy identities. Throughout this theatrical presentation, guidelines for constructing and maintaining drama therapy peer supervision will be offered to audience members and the importance of this practice on the future of the field will be emphasized. This is a performance about friendship, community, and the importance of connection throughout difficult days, both for ourselves and for the clients and communities we serve.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  1. Audience members will explore the importance of drama therapy-based peer supervision and the impact it has on building community, furthering the field of drama therapy, and increasing the confidence and competence of early-career drama therapists.
  2. Witnesses will experience (through real-life examples and theatrical representations) the contents of various drama therapy-based peer-supervision sessions and get a glimpse into the individual experiences of two newly graduated clinicians navigating the professional world.
  3. Attendees will be able to identify and take away various tools utilized by the presenters in order to conduct and maintain drama therapy-based peer supervision.

PRESENTERS

Anna Rich, MA, P-RDT, earned her MA in Clinician Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in drama therapy from Lesley University. She currently works and utilizes drama therapy in outpatient therapy and arts-based education spaces. Anna holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Point Park University, and is the founder of Theatre Crawl, an immersive theatrical experience which combines drama therapy and devised theatre techniques to create original pieces of theatre. Anna served as the Student Committee Chair for the North American Drama Therapy Association from 2019-2020 and received the NADTA Student Service Award in 2020.

Amy Larson Lazier, MA, CGCS, graduated from Lesley University in 2020. Amy works with children, adolescents, adults, and couples. She specializes in drama therapy and working with clients struggling with pregnancy and postpartum mood issues, clients going through grief and loss, and clients struggling with substance use disorder. Amy is a Certified Grief Counseling Specialist (CGCS). Amy invites her clients to share their story, utilize metaphor, think about their roles in their lives, be an interactive part of the process, and be willing to find meaningful change.

CONTINUING EDUCATION 1.5 HRS RDT

Let-Them-Have-It: An Abridged Performance Journey

PERFORMANCE

DESCRIPTION

This Autobiographical Therapeutic Performance is chapter 2 into a drama therapist’s journey where she takes her witnesses into the next chapter of her ATP, since she embarked on her therapeutic journey into self-revelatory love, joy, freedom of expression at the beginning of the pandemic. Has she owned her history, voice since chapter 1?

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  1. Participants will be able to explore the development and process of developing an Autobiographical Therapeutic Performance in the virtual space.
  2. Participants will be able to describe the importance of the development of a therapeutic relationship in this role as director/therapist and client/actor/co-director
  3. Participants will be able to describe how embodied storytelling helps to create communal conversation on topics often too taboo to discuss.

PRESENTERS

 

Michelle Christina Moreno, MS, RDT,  is a heart-centered registered drama therapist. She has been working with individuals to discover their unique voice for over 10 years throughout South Florida. She utilizes a variety of creative arts, drama therapy, and psychotherapy techniques to create a holistic experience to honor and support the individual to meet their unique needs. In addition to being a drama therapist, Michelle has been featured on the podcast The Creative Soulpreneur, improvised with the Front Yard Theatre Collective, We Love Murder. She has performed at The Improv Comedy Club Miami, The Olympia Theatre and various stages throughout South Florida. Currently, Michelle collaborates with fellow drama therapists and artists to produce original content for the virtual space that takes the witness on a magical autobiographical therapeutic journey. 

Rev. Jordan Stewart was born, raised, and ordained in the AME Zion Church. Rev. Stewart is an alum of Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Radio, Television and Film with a minor in Theatre and German. He went on to continue his studies in Spirituality and the Arts at Emory University where he focused on rehabilitation education for prison populations, colleges and universities. Jordan is an arts educator, actor, director, writer, musician, drama therapist, spiritual counselor, and scholar. During the pandemic Jordan founded Faye Faye's House, a virtual children and youth theatre company centering on social emotional learning and therapeutic performance that continues to perform seasonal productions making theatre accessible for all communities. His current doctoral research centers on dramatherapy education and advocacy for black populations including Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In his current role as Campus Minister at Alabama State University, he is continuing to offer expressive arts as spiritual care to students, faculty, and staff post-pandemic.

CONTINUING EDUCATION 1.5 HRS RDT

*This offering is eligible for RDT CE hours toward the CHED-content area.

 

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM PST

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM EST

30 MINUTE BREAK

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM PST

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EST

(Concurrent Sessions)

Behind Blue Sky: A Therapeutic Film and Theater Response to the Soul Wound of 9/11 on New York City

PERFORMANCE

DESCRIPTION For the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, an entirely BIPOC-identified ensemble of drama therapists and theatre artists examine its legacy. In this current age of pandemic, social and political reckoning, and a rise in hate crimes in the US, they grapple with the permanent scars inflicted on the body of NYC. Designed for maximum destruction and loss of life, as well as unleashing panic and fear, the attacks of September 11, 2001 were unprecedented in their scope, magnitude and impact on the American psyche. There is hardly a person alive at the time who does not remember where they were and what they felt on that day. What is the role of drama therapy and filmed therapeutic theatre in the aftermath of a collective and historical trauma such as 9/11? If New York is our client, what is the appropriate therapeutic intervention on a city struggling to redefine itself 20 years after the trauma? Meeting regularly on Zoom, a team of theatre artists and drama therapists grappled with these questions. How do we digest the collective trauma of an undigested past during the current trauma of a pandemic and a period of social reckoning? Using the aesthetics of 1970's street photography, the film weaves the personal stories of 9/11 survivors, through improvisation, dreamwork, Playback Theatre and sociodramatic enactments.

Directed by Armand Volkas RDT-BCT Multimedia Design Jesse Bonnell

Ensemble: Chantal Georges, RDT, LCAT, Sara Kliger RDT, LCAT Jonathan Howie Carlos Rodriguez-Perez RDT, LCAT, Hala Shah Allyn Sitjar RDT, LCAT, Jennifer Tam RDT, LCAT

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  1. Audience will become familiar with the perspectives of this company, on how the legacy of 9/11 contributed to the seminal racialized and xenophobic discourse in the US.
  2. Audience will learn about filmed therapeutic theatre. as an alternative to live performance in the ongoing age of pandemic.
  3. Audience will consider filmed therapeutic theatre as a drama therapeutic form that can explore traumatic histories within lived contemporary contexts.

PRESENTERS

Maria Hodermarska, MA, RDT-BCT, CASAC, LCAT, is a Clinical Associate Professor of Drama Therapy at NYU. She is an adjunct professor for NYU's Gallatin School. She is a producer of therapeutic theatre for the NYU Theatre and Health Lab.

Armand Volkas, MFA, MA, MFT, RDT-BCT, is a psychotherapist and Registered Drama Therapist in private practice and Clinical Director of the Living Arts Counseling Center in Berkeley, California, where he directs a training program for students, interns and therapists who want to integrate drama therapy into their practice. He is a Board Certified Trainer in this discipline with The North American Drama Therapy Association. In addition, Armand is Associate Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program at California Institute of Integral Studies and has been Adjunct Professor at John F. Kennedy University, Sofia University, the Summer Peacebuilding Institute and the Canadian School of Peacebuilding. Armand has been honored with the Raymond Jacobs Award for his dedication to diversity and cultural competence and The Gertrud Schattner Award from the North American Drama Therapy Association for his distinguished contributions to the field. He has developed innovative programs using drama therapy for social change, intercultural conflict transformation and peacebuilding.

Chantal Georges, MA, RDT, LCAT, is a licensed creative arts therapist, a supervisor of a multidisciplinary creative arts team at Kings county hospital outpatient clinics, and a level II DvT trainee. She is an adjunct faculty member at Lesley University and a Bloom education facilitator. Chantal’s hope is to constantly provide healthy connections and empowerment to the people she serves, advocates for and collaborates with.

Sara Kliger, RDT, LCAT, is a biracial New York based therapist. She currently is a Community School Director and supervisor for an organization contracted by New York City public schools. Sara also works with young adults as well as businesses, offering either therapy, coaching or professional development services.

CONTINUING EDUCATION 1.5 hrs RDT*, LCAT, & NBCC

*This offering is eligible for RDT CE hours toward the CHED-content area

Anatomy of a Castle - A Self-Revelatory Performance

PERFORMANCE

DESCRIPTION

Once upon a time, in a not-so-faraway castle, there was a protagonist living their story. One day, they began to examine their castle and notice the rooms, battlements, bricks, attachment wounds, and adaptive strategies that made up the castle. But now that they have noticed the castle's parts, how do they make sense of it? How do they use this knowledge untangle their patterns and heal their wounds? Metaphors are the backbone of storytelling, which is the spinal column of therapeutic performance. Self-Revelatory Performance combines therapeutic and theatrical processes to produce a deeply personal sharing - to be embodied by the performer and witnessed by the audience. When the physical space of a theatre is not available, how does one adapt to an online space? How does the protagonist move from the stage to a screen (and, moreover, limited by shelter-in-place in a time of pandemic)? How will they show their castle to their audience? The protagonist moves from flesh-and-blood-and-lights into pixels. They glance at the audience through little squares on a screen. They commune with the audience through bytes and distance. With whatever they can find, they tell their story. And then, their story continues. Performed by Daphne Ong, and directed by Christina Lewis. **Content warning: Reference to sexual assault.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  1. Participants will learn about the process of conceptualizing and creating a Self-Revelatory Performance.
  2. Participants will explore the elements of creating and adapting a Self-Revelatory Performance for an online platform.
  3. Participants will explore the roles of metaphor, storytelling, and witnessing in therapeutic performance.

PRESENTERS

Daphne Ong, MA, AMFT, is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist currently working in community mental health, and a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies Drama Therapy program, where Anatomy of a Castle was first performed as her capstone project. Her therapeutic performance credits include Theatre for Change: Consent, Dissent, Reinvent (performed at the NADTA 2019 Conference), and Take It Like a Man: Demystifying the Taboo of Male Survivors of Domestic Abuse in 2018. Daphne came to drama therapy after a 10-year career as a professional theatre actor and writer in her native Singapore, having previously departed several years in the corporate world of medical publishing and events. It was in graduate school that she discovered her passion for psychodrama and therapeutic theatre, and aims to direct Self-Revelatory performances.

Christina Lewis, MA, RDT

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION 1.5 hrs RDT*, LCAT, & NBCC

*This offering is eligible for RDT CE hours toward the CHED-content area.

 

4:45PM - 6:15PM PST

7:45PM - 9:15PM EST

 

Regional Meetings

MEETING

PRESENTERS/FACILITATORS

NADTA Regional Representatives

No CEs will be awarded for these sessions.

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BETWEEN THE CONFERENCE DAYS EVENTS:
 Saturday, September 25th, 2021

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM PST

12:00 - 2:00 PM EST

 

Disability Justice Forum 

WORKSHOP/FORUM (ALL CONFERENCE EVENT)

LEAD PRESENTERS

CHED - Disability Justice Sub-Committee

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION  2hrs RDT*, LCAT, & NBCC

*This offering is eligible for RDT CE hours toward the CHED-content area.

(NOTE: CEs will only be awarded for this session for paid attendees.  Please register for a paid tier or contact the office for single-event registration to receive CEs for this event.)

 

Monday, September 20th, 2021
 

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM PST

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST

 

NADTA Student Forum I - Affinity Group Spaces

MEETING

LEAD PRESENTERS

 Student Committee Chairs

CONTINUING EDUCATION No CEs will be awarded for this session.