I Am (Not) Charlie

While visiting Turkey, the author reflects upon the terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo and the kosher supermarket in Paris. In dialogue form, he questions the meaning not only of free speech and blasphemy, but also the meaning of human existence. The latter is influenced by a reading of Edward O. Wilson's Pulitzer-prize winning book of the same title.

When Words Fail

As words fail him, the author seeks to express his understanding of roles in everyday life through visual images, past and present. He appears in this self-portait on West Lake in Guangzhou, China.

Who Killed Robin Williams?

The death of Robin Williams affected many of my students and clients very deeply. And it affected me. This piece is a reflection on the life and work of Robin Williams and how his improvisational performances revealed the sad man beneath the happy clown.

A Student Educates Her Teacher

A graduating NYU Drama Therapy student challenges a glib and harsh editorial indictment of the practice of creative arts therapy at Bellevue Hospital. In doing so, she inspires her professor to renew his ethical commitment to the practice of drama therapy within challenging institutional settings, and to recognize the courage and wisdom of his students.

Fathers and Sons

Son and father in China

Destination China

A drama therapist and his two children rendez-vous in China and see the family and the culture in new ways.

Cosmos and the Professor

Zebra in Headlights at game park in South Africa. This blog recreates a dialogue between a drama therapy professor and his driver in Johannesburg. The two talk about cultural issues concerning race, socioeconomic status and power dynamics in contemporary South Africa.

The Act of Evil

An image of an Act of Killing, New York City, 2013

Love is the Destination

A drama therapists visits Turkey to present workshops and lectures just as the demonstrations against the state are breaking out. While on this journey, he learns something about love in some of its complex manifestations.

Waiting for Therapeutic Theatre

A beginning discussion of the meaning of therapeutic theatre in drama therapy.

I Am Not Your Mother

In a Drama Therapy workshop in Korea, a group of women, as well as the author, explore a complex understanding of the role of mother.

The Roles Not Taken

In the coming year, can I mount the courage to take on new roles for myself?

Destination Israel: Drama Therapy Part 4

I arrived in Israel in June 2012, as a drama therapist without a bible or map.

Destination Germany: Drama Therapy Part 3

When I was 11, in sixth grade, the teacher gave us a blank map of the world and asked us to go home and fill in 30 international cities. I was oddly excited about the homework assignment, and with my World Book Encyclopedia in hand, I rose to the task.

A Theatre for Change: Drama Therapy Part 2

I am a drama therapist who believes that people can change when engaging fully in a process of drama therapy. And I am a person who embraces the role of the perpetual beginner, ever in search of new ways to do old things.

To Be and Not to Be

When I tell people that I am a drama therapist, they often ask: “It that therapy for actors?” “Could be,” I say, “but trained actors can be difficult clients.”