Expert in Drama Therapy Visits IRC

Expert in Drama Therapy Visit IRC3Dr. Robert Landy, Professor of Educational Theater and Applied Psychology at New York University, gave a presentation at the IRC entitled “Introducing Drama Therapy.” The session was moderated by Elyes Baccar, Artistic Director of the Human Rights Film festival. Dr. Landy showed the audience his play Standing Tall, devised for a group of students in the New York area in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Standing Tall exemplifies Dr. Landay’s dramatic role method theory that combines drama, improvised storytelling, and performance. Dr. Landy provided examples showing the importance of “engaging the imagination” as a prerequisite for bringing about change. The audience came away with a new understanding of drama therapy as a healing technique.