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USA: The Role of Theatre and Drama Therapy during the Pandemic. Dr Nisha Sajnani, New York Universit

Dr. Nisha Sajnani, Director of the NYU Program in Drama Therapy, gave a talk on the role of theatre-makers and drama therapists in this pandemic as part of a summit coordinated between the NYU Creative Arts Therapies Consortium, the Research Centre for Arts & Wellbeing at Edge Hill University, and Christopher Bailey, Arts and Health Lead from the World Health Organization. Theaters have streamed MainStage productions, commissioned new plays designed for online interaction and new audiences, engaged in health promotion, and taken direct action concerning obvious inequalities. Drama therapists have met people in the intimacy of their own homes to support children and adults in reducing anxiety

UK: BADth Statement on Black Lives Matter

"Important Statement Firstly, we want to start this statement by explicitly saying: Black Lives Matter. Always. Secondly, I want to extend virtual hugs and great compassion to our black colleagues at this time of great upheaval and trauma, and I hope that you have support systems in place that can hold your spirit and body. We are here for you. I am aware of the great emotional toil and labour it takes to try and explain to non-black people what this time feels like, so I also wanted to explicitly say: you don’t have to, if you don’t want to. Thirdly, we are here to validate and reinforce the importance of saying Black Lives Matter. In our therapeutic relationships, in our professional

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