A Playful Community Youth Program
Got Drama? is an after-school community youth program that meets on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Bradley Playhouse located at 30 Front Street, Putnam, CT. This program is free to all youth ages 8-16 regardless of income or town of residence.
This trauma-informed, therapeutic intervention aims to provide a lively, hands-on opportunity for children to develop peer relationships, affect-regulation skills, and create a greater sense of self, healthy communication techniques and enhance feelings of safety and trust within their peer group and community.
Group facilitator, actor/director/producer, Carl Mercier, has extensive experience in leading community youth theater. His Co-facilitator, Colin Whiston, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with many years of experience in child and adolescent behavioral health and trauma treatment. Together, their artistic and clinical expertise is a perfect blend to navigate this program.
Drama therapy provides a developmentally appropriate means of processing events with children and adolescents for whom verbal methods alone may be insufficient. It taps into their natural propensity toward action and utilizes it to engage children in play as a means of safely exploring issues and painful feelings. Some specific benefits likely to be achieved in drama therapy with children include reducing feelings of isolation, developing new coping skills and patterns, broadening the range of expression of feelings, experiencing improved self-esteem and self-worth, increasing sense of play and spontaneity, and developing friendships. According to Erikson and other theorists, play allows children to gain mastery over conflict and anxieties. — National Association for Drama Therapy
Consistent attendance is suggested but is not required.
To enroll in Got Drama? please call TEEG at 860-923-3458 and ask to speak with the Got Drama? Coordinator.