“Drama therapy is particularly useful because you can use metaphors or stories in ways that give those in recovery a little more space, putting distance between them and the eating disorder,” Wood said.
Recovery Through Performance is also an active research program, and Wood is continuing to collect data on using the Co-Active Therapeutic Theater Model in supporting eating disorder recovery. Initial research suggests that the approach motivates people to maintain recovery, gives them a strong sense of community, and creates an opportunity to work on unfinished business, develop spontaneity, take risks, and build new structure in their lives.
Recovery Through Performance is part of NYU Drama Therapy’s therapeutic theater series, As Performance, which seeks to explore the aesthetic, therapeutic, and ethical issues embedded in the process of making theatre. Drama therapists participate as artists, and artists explore a therapeutic process.
Provincetown Playhouse is located at 133 MacDougal Street. For tickets ($15 general, $5 for students and seniors), visit tickets.nyu.edu, call 212-998-4941, or visit the NYU Box Office in person at 566 LaGuardia Place.
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