Call For Proposals and Save the Date

Edward Schreiber edwschreiber at
Thu Jan 15 00:34:08 UTC 2015


How Shall We Survive? 
Psychodrama and Drama Therapy 
In an Age of New Media

March 14, 2015
Lesley University
Cambridge, MA

Theatre Beyond Borders is proud to present the first joint conference of the New England chapters of the Association for Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP) and the North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA). This not to be missed gathering will offer an opportunity to consider the benefits and limitations of dramatic reality in the context of current social concerns and in relation to technological advances and social media. 

Playing on J.L Moreno’s groundbreaking work on human relations: "Who Shall Survive?" (1934) and inspired by Jonathan Moreno’s recent oeuvre "Impromptu Man: J.L. Moreno and the Origins of Psychodrama, Encounter Culture, and the Social Network" (2014) we will look back on the relationship between our two fields and the place of imaginative, embodied, and action oriented approaches to supporting well-being and social justice as we shift between physical stages and cyber platforms. 

Guest speakers include: 

Jonathan Moreno, PhD: Professor of Medical Ethics and the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania (joining by digital video conferencing) 

David R. Johnson, PhD, RDT-BCT: Associate professor, Yale University, founding member and past-president of the North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA); Director of the Institute for Developmental Transformations

Phil Speiser, PhD, LMHC: Director, Parkside Arts & Health Associates

Heidi Landis, MFA, RDT-BCT, TEP: Adjunct faculty, Lesley University; Board member of both the NADTA and ASGPP; Associate Executive Director, Creative Alternatives of New York

Saphira Linden, RDT-BCT, TEP: Director, Omega Drama Therapy Institute, Boston

Edward Schreiber, Ed.M., CD, TEP: Adjunct faculty, Lesley; Founder of the Zerka T. Moreno Foundation

Nisha Sajnani, PhD, RDT-BCT: Associate Professor and Coordinator, Drama Therapy MA program (residential and forthcoming low residency/online); Past-president, NADTA

To propose a workshop, please send your name, brief bio, and contact information to: tbbconference2015 at Workshop proposals due: February 6th, 2015. 

Note: The conference will feature a few workshops in the afternoon to highlight and explore specific methods in depth. Workshops that touch on the impact of social media and global technological culture are welcome, but not required.

To register for the conference, please send your name, brief bio, selected donation amount, and contact information to: tbbconference2015 at 

This event is supported by your donation (select one) ___$25 ___$50 All proceeds will go towards supporting the volunteer NE chapters of the ASGPP and NADTA in their efforts to provide similar opportunities.
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