In response to a previous blog of a very troubling dream about my attempt to sew together the head and body of two decapitated figures, my friend describes a transformational journey to Vienna where he is transfixed by the Rubens painting of Mary removing a thorn from the head of Jesus and discovers the meaning of Tikkun Olam, repairing of the world.
Two drama therapists discuss a dream about a beheading and an attempt to restore life. In doing so, they recount two mythological stories, one about the Golem of Prague and the other about a simple journey home. Through their dialogue they seek to understand the meaning of healing.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.