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September 24, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

This program series is being offered virtually through Zoom. If you missed the first session, please email carla@smithcenter.org

with Jodi Kanter

“[D]rama as therapy sets a stage in which truths are revealed, deeper levels of communication and understanding are attained, and the personal reverberates toward the universal.”

– Renée Emunah, Drama Therapist


Psychiatrists and social workers have been using drama for therapeutic purposes for at least the last 100 years. Today, the principal objectives of dramatherapy are the strengthening of observational and relational skills, greater access to emotional expression (and emotional containment), and the expansion of the many roles we play in everyday life. We’ll explore a range of tools and methods including role methods, psychodrama, sociodrama and forum theater. We’ll also dip into other expressive therapies including movement, writing, music, and visual arts. 


Healing Through Drama will be offered as a 4-part workshop series, with each week building on the next. Participants are encouraged to attend all four sessions to get the most out of the group and dramatherapy tools and practices.

Healing Through Drama is a 4-part program series hosted on Fridays from 10:30am-12:00pm ET, beginning on September 17th (no session on October 8th).

Participants are encouraged to attend all four sessions to get the most out of the program. By registering above, you will be registered for all four sessions. Please let us know in advance if you will not be able to attend all four sessions.

Program Sessions: 

  • Friday, September 17th, 10:30am-12:00pm ET
  • Friday, September 24th, 10:30am-12:00pm ET
  • Friday, October 1st, 10:30am-12:00pm ET
  • Friday, October 15th, 10:30am-12:00pm ET

Suggested Donation: $10/session or $25/series

About Jodi Kanter

Jodi Kanter

Jodi has been involved in theater since she was ten years old. She grew up acting and studying performance in American theater’s “Second City,” Chicago Illinois.  She is currently a professor of theatre in the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University, where she has been on faculty for nearly fifteen years. Her academic work in theater includes her book, Performing Loss: Strengthening Communities Through Theatre and Writing (2007). Jodi’s focus on performance as a tool for individual and social healing and change has led her to create workshops, events and productions in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, schools, and prisons. Most recently, she co-created a four-month diversity and inclusion program for members of DC’s fourteen Neighborhood Village associations using the methodology of Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed. Jodi holds a PhD. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in dramatherapy at Lesley University.