Diversity Dialogue brought to you by your NADTA Cultural Humility, Equity and Diversity Committee...

NADTA Tribute to Stonewall
Finding our Queer Selves Inside the Hetero Legacy: A Call for LGBTQ+ Drama Therapists.  

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019
8:30PM- 9:45PM EST/ 5:30PM-6:45PM PST
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*Please note this is a closed call for queer identified members only.*


Truc Nguyen and Lex Powell will facilitate space for LGBTQ+ clinicians to share ideas about how we are (or aren’t!) looking at the practice of drama therapy through a queer lens and the ways we locate ourselves as Queer/LGBT+ folks inside the systems in which we practice in (including our own community).  How can we be queering the practice of our generally white/heteronormative/cis/patriarchal therapeutic theories? 


Alexis Powell is a Registered Drama Therapist and a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist.  She maintains a private practice in New York City where she offers psychotherapy and drama therapy for individuals, families, and groups. She is a frequent guest lecturer in the program for Drama Therapy at NYU on the topic of cross cultural awareness in creative arts therapy and has brought her original workshops on embodied intersectionality to conferences, schools and universities and organizations around the country.  Her research on this topic was published in the Drama Therapy Review and is implemented in classrooms, curriculums, and workshops nationally.  A frequent collaborator and arts-based researcher with NYU’s As Performance: Therapeutic Theatre Lab, Alexis has performed with and contributed to our growing body of knowledge on therapeutic theatre by collaboratively exploring the topics of: power and privilege; suicide; and the fading body in clinical practice. Most recently, Alexis was invited by NYU to devise and direct an arts-based research performance exploring Queerness with playwright and actor Jess Barbagallo. Alexis led a collaborative of queer-identifying performers and drama therapists through the devisement, collective play making, and creation of  Not for Resale, a play that explores queer identities, queer communities, and the implications of queerness in socially constructed spaces. It suggests that, potentially, queerness may only successfully exist outside of capitalist structures and asks us to consider how it operates within them. 

Truc T. Nguyen, MA, RDT, LMFT: Truc is a gender-queer, 1.5 gen Vietnamese American, with bi-coastal influences, who has been involved with the DvT community for almost 10 years. Truc has worked in diverse community-based programs for over 15 years and is experienced in presenting on anti-oppression and cultural competency issues. Truc is passionate about integrating an anti-oppression/ social justice lens as a DvT practitioner and supervisor, and believes in walking the talk for individual and community accountability in and out of the playspace.


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