Founding Director Robert Landy discusses the Drama Therapy program
NYU Steinhardt Drama Therapy: Theatre & Health Lab Launch
Drama Therapy Faculty and Student Perspectives

Use your improv and theatre skills to improve quality of life in New York City and beyond. Drama Therapy at NYU Steinhardt prepares you to translate your love for improvisation and theatre into culturally responsible, creative, and effective care. What makes NYU Drama Therapy unique?

  • Our renowned faculty are active clinicians who are experts in drama therapy theory, research, and practice. They bring a social justice lens to their work and will help you hone your dramatic skills to make a contribution in the lives of the people you will work with.
  • Our program matches a rigorous immersion in the theory of drama therapy with practical clinical training for case management and treatment, including courses in NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Applied Psychology.
  • We offer a rich variety of internship opportunities in New York City and abroad through our global partnerships. You'll train with registered drama therapists who work in hospitals, shelters, schools, prisons, and community organizations.
  • You'll learn to use dramatic improvisation and performance to address specific developmental, behavioral, cognitive and emotional challenges and to promote health and wellness.
  • As Performance is a ground-breaking therapeutic theatre series in which students and alumni work together to investigate the human condition through performance in our Theatre and Health Lab.
  • Our coursework that fulfills the academic requirements for licensure as a creative arts therapist (LCAT).
  • We are a part of NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, which exposes you to a wide range of theatre-related opportunities.
  • We draw on the creative and intellectual assets of NYU and the incomparable cultural resources of New York City.