In Harmony with the Elements: Drama Therapy and Wellness

Thursday, October 30th Pre-Conference Program Schedule

All Day Workshops
9:30 am – 5:00 pm

PC 1: Principles of Drama Therapy
Nadya Trytan, MA, RDT/BCT
Jason Butler, PhD Candidate, RDT/BCT, LCAT

Drama therapy is comprised of interactive, improvisational and embodied approaches that support individual and social change in clinical, educational and community settings. This experiential workshop will introduce participants to the principles that guide the practice of drama therapy in North America, and attendees will gain experience with three major approaches. Please wear comfortable clothing.

PC 2: Waking Dream Theatre: Exploring a Collective Dream World Through Drama
Armand Volkas, MFA, RDT/BCT, MFT
Naya Chang, MFA
Roni Alperin, MA
In Waking Dream Theatre, you will refine improvisational forms and co-create collective dream worlds where personal story, current life challenges, music and creative expression intermingle. At once, meaningful practice and performance art, waking dreams spark deep insight while remaining poetic and playful. Balance, generosity, mindfulness and collaboration are its values.

PC 3: NADTA Student Forum and Panel Discussion
Adam Davis, MEd

The student forum is a place where students from all academic paths can (re)connect, share stories, and discover what both unites us as drama therapists and makes each path unique. Additionally, there will be a panel discussion for students to learn from established drama therapists.

PC 4: Central Region Developmental Transformations Cohort
Jennifer Johnson, MA, RDT, LCAT

This is a session for any central region drama therapists who are a part of the MN Developmental Transformations (DvT) training group or would like to begin the training.

Morning Workshop
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

PC 5: Healing is Wholeness: A Drama/Music Therapy Ritual for Personal Wisdom and Balance
Stephen Snow, PhD, RDT/BCT
Shelley Snow, PhD, MTA

The goal of this workshop is to give participants a genuine, embodied experience of their own potential for wholeness and, through processes of Drama and Music Therapy, to touch base with their own innate wisdom. This will be a brief healing journey in the mandala of a medicine wheel.

Lunch on Your Own 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Afternoon Workshop
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

PC 6: Circle One: Multiple Role Identity; an Interdisciplinary Practice for an Interdisciplinary Life
Sherry Diamond, JD, RDT, Esq.

This workshop will explore the notion of multiple role identity, its awkward moments and its cautionary tale. Having trained in an interdisciplinary environment with art, dance/movement, and music therapists, Sherry’s practices and professions are further informed by her bi-racial, bi-cultural, and bi-sexual identities, and the fluidity of the human condition.

Newcomer Dinner
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This event is for people who are attending their first NADTA conference or are new to the drama therapy community, and it is an opportunity to get to know other new conference attendees. Participants will be asked to pay for their own meals, and NADTA members will be available to answer questions and welcome you to the community.

Evening Film/Performance
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

TE1: Scheherazade’s Diary Film/Women Inmates and Victims of Domestic Violence
Zeina Daccache, MA, RDT

Imprisoned women take center stage in this six-time award winning documentary filmed throughout the drama therapy project set up by Zeina Daccache in 2012 in Lebanon’s Baabda Prison. The women mine the depths of personal experience and confront patriarchy as they prepare and present the first play staged inside an Arab women’s prison.

TE2: What You Looking at Me For? Building Self-Esteem and Freedom in Young Persons with Disabilities
Wendy Coleman, PhD

This session offers insight into a life-changing performing arts camp offered since 2011 at Alabama State University. Camp G.I.F.T.E.D. (Giving Individuals Freedom To Express Diversity) provides young persons with disabilities the chance to participate in performing arts using their own ABILITIES without being limited by their diagnosed disabilities.