Trainings, Workshops & Performances
LEARN & GROW WITH THE CENTER FOR THE LIVING ARTS
The Center for The Living Arts is a specialized nonprofit promoting psychological and social wellness through the therapeutic use of drama and related expressive arts. We are founded on the belief that the arts are alive, and that living is an art; that the incorporation of drama and the expressive arts in therapy is an effective and empowering method for problem-solving, promoting growth and well-being within individuals, families, and groups; and that the arts can build bridges between cultures and different segments of society.
Drama Therapy Institute
The Living Arts Drama Therapy Institute offers innovative and transformative workshops, groups & trainings for personal and professional growth. They provide the opportunity to learn how to facilitate action-oriented processes with individuals, couples, families and groups.
The Living Arts Counseling Center provides high quality individual, couples, families and group psychotherapy services. All of our practitioners use talk therapy, and if desired and useful, may incorporate the healing power of expressive arts and/or drama therapy.
Playback Theatre Ensemble
The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble is an interactive, improvisational theatre company that enacts personal stories. For over 30 years, the ensemble has created performances and workshops that transform, empower, and validate the human experience.
Healing the Wounds of History
Healing the Wounds of History (HWH) is a therapeutic and creative process in which experiential techniques are used to work with people who share a common legacy of generational, historical and/or collective trauma. This approach was developed by psychotherapist, drama therapist and theatre director Armand Volkas in 1989. He has received international recognition for bringing groups in conflict together as well as cultures who carry collective trauma.
Autobiographical Therapeutic Performance
Autobiographical Therapeutic Performance is a powerful and effective form of brief individual and group therapy. It involves the creation of a performance as a therapeutic act. Using the S/Hero’s Journey and Rite of Passage structures, the process assists participants in changing their dysfunctional “life scripts” or narratives while being supported in achieving their therapeutic goals. Through acting, improvisation, psychodrama, sociodrama, expressive arts, Playback Theatre and Transactional Analysis, individuals will be guided in a deep journey of self-discovery. The process culminates with a performance in front of a group of trustworthy witnesses chosen by the individual.