The Gamm Theatre’s Director of Education & Drama Therapist, Susie Schutt (click for bio) offers one-on-one sessions for children, youth, and adults utilizing theater techniques to address behavioral concerns, stress, anxiety, and depression. All sessions will take place in our private studio spaces and will include such techniques as role-playing, improv, and embodied storytelling.
Please note, Susie is a Master’s level provisionally Registered Drama Therapist (P-RDT) who cannot take private insurance. All costs must be covered out-of-pocket utilizing our sliding scale. These sessions can supplement therapy with a licensed mental health counselor. If you are seeking therapy covered by your insurance, please consider reaching out to our partners at Thrive Behavioral Health (thrivebhri.org).
WHAT IS DRAMA THERAPY?
Drama Therapy is an active, experiential approach to facilitating change. Participants are invited to rehearse desired behaviors, practice being in relationship, expand and find flexibility between life roles, and perform the change they wish to be and see in the world. Drama therapy uses play, embodiment, projection, role, story, metaphor, empathy, distancing, witnessing, performance, and improvisation to help people make meaningful change.
The theoretical foundation of drama therapy lies in drama, theater, psychology, psychotherapy, anthropology, play, and interactive and creative processes. A drama therapist first assesses a client's needs and then considers approaches that might best meet those needs. Drama therapy can take many forms depending on individual and group needs, skill and ability levels, interests, and therapeutic goals. (Source: North American Drama Therapy Association)
The pilot year of the Gamm’s Drama Therapy program is underway with several new initiatives in development.
Implementing consent-based rehearsal policies and content advisories for all plays
Developing partnership with Thrive Behavioral Health in Warwick, RI
Training teaching artists to utilize trauma-informed classroom management techniques
Collaboration with Slater Middle School in Pawtucket, RI to integrate drama therapy into existing social work practices
Overseeing the integration of social emotional learning into education department initiatives
Developing groups and classes
Susie Schutt, MA, P-RDT, is the director of education and drama therapist at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre and a clinician and drama therapist for Thrive Behavioral Health, both in Warwick, Rhode Island. Additionally, she works as an intimacy director for local theatre companies and serves on the board of the Warwick Center for the Arts. She received her MA in mental health counseling and drama therapy from Lesley University and is a graduate of the University of Michigan, with a BA in sociology and social inequality.