Theater has a visceral connection to our emotions
Drama Therapy has been developed to meet that basic human need for emotional connection. Because of the unique properties of theatre, this technique is being used very successfully as a form of counseling for getting at the roots of human pain, allowing clients to then benefit from cognitive therapy as they gain self-awareness. These drama therapists are supported by graduate programs including Concordia University, NYU and the North American Drama Therapy Association.
Our team has been excited to find diversity, depth and creativity among drama therapy practitioners, as well as experiential therapists, who are thinking outside the box, using dialogue, then guiding clients to create their own short play scripts. We discovered one drama therapist in Seattle who wrote a play as a therapeudic tool, so well received, that it toured for over three years!
Marilyn Chris, an actress who works with CANY, an independent program of theater workshops as drama therapy in New York City, reminds us that theater has such an obvious connection to the emotions that it can awaken people in a way no other medium can.
In our Thriver Sisterhood screen play, Rachel, the therapist for the sisterhood, uses a blended therapeudic approach. Her clients see her as an “earth” mother who is adept at sensing when her clients are ready for a break through. She reminds us that “if you use the power of imagery for anxiety and flashbacks, you can retrain your brain and begin to heal”. We encourage therapists to contact us it you would like to review the entire manuscript.
The key difference in the original script and the script you will work from is that you will replace the role of Rachel, the character.