Insight Improv Programs

10/26/2017Mindfulness, Meditation, and Drama Therapy: Adding Insight Improv to Your Therapy Toolbox

Full-day session, NADTA Conference

Danvers, MA
09/15/2017Psychodrama Open Session

Host: Maria Mellano, LICSW, CP; Guest Director: Joel Gluck, MEd, RDT

Arlington, MA
08/09/2017Life Drama 4-Day Training

Host: Khula Aasman, an NGO using arts therapies to help prison inmates and disadvantaged communities.

Mumbai, India
08/02/2017Life Drama 4-Day Training

Organized by Tuvarak Panyangam; translated by Orapin Siriwilarak

Bangkok, Thailand
03/04/2017Advanced 1-Day Training in Psychodrama & Psolodrama

Organized by Tuvarak Panyangam; translated by Preedawan Buranarungruengkij

Bangkok, Thailand
12/04/2016Insight Improv Lab: Further Exploration with Insight ImprovisationCambridge, MA
09/27/2016Life Drama 4-Day Training

Organized by Tuvarak Panyangam; translated by Preedawan Buranarungruengkij

Bangkok, Thailand
09/17/2016Life Drama 4-Day Training

Organized and translated by Sooji Jung, SOUM—Studio of Urban Meditation.

Seoul, South Korea
09/10/2016Life Drama, Part I

Host: Khula Aasman, an NGO using arts therapies to help prison inmates and disadvantaged communities.

Mumbai, India
09/03/2016Insight Improv Lab: Facilitating WorkshopsBelmont, MA
07/09/2016Insight Improv Lab: Working with IndividualsBelmont, MA
10/18/2015Life Drama, Day 4

Organized and translated by Sooji Jung, SOUM—Studio of Urban Meditation.

Seoul, South Korea
09/13/2015Insight Improv Lab: Further Exploration with PsolodramaCambridge, MA
08/29/2015Life Drama, Day 3

Organized and translated by Sooji Jung, SOUM—Studio of Urban Meditation.

Seoul, South Korea
08/09/2015Insight Improv Lab: Psolodrama Alone Online Program
07/12/2015Insight Improv Lab: Coaching PsolodramaCambridge, MA
06/21/2015Insight Improv Lab: The Psolodrama Sharing ProcessCambridge, MA
05/10/2015Insight Improv Lab: Witnessing PsolodramaCambridge, MA
04/19/2015Insight Improv Lab: Troubleshooting PsolodramaCambridge, MA
03/07/2015Life Drama, Day 2

Organized and translated by Sooji Jung, SOUM—Studio of Urban Meditation.

Seoul, South Korea
02/21/2015Life Drama 4-Day Training

Organized by Tuvarak Panyangam; translated by Orapin Siriwilairak

Bangkok, Thailand
02/15/2015An Introduction to Insight Improvisation

Organized and translated by Sooji Jung, SOUM—Studio of Urban Meditation.

Seoul, South Korea
12/21/2014Insight Improv Lab: Psolodrama ExamplesCambridge, MA
12/13/2014Life Drama 4-Day Training

Organized by Dr. Weixiao Li; translated by Yu Han

Beijing, China
11/09/2014Insight Improv Lab: The Practice of PsolodramaCambridge, MA
10/17/2014Insight Improv: Psolodrama (Weekend Intensive)

Organized by Rythea Lee

Northampton, MA
10/12/2014Insight Improv Lab: The Entryway to PsolodramaCambridge, MA
09/21/2014Insight Improv Lab: Warming Up to PsolodramaCambridge, MA
08/17/2014Insight Improv Lab: Foundations of PsolodramaCambridge, MA
07/20/2014Insight Improv Lab: What is Psolodrama?Cambridge, MA
06/08/2014Insight Improv Lab: Further Exploration with ImprovisationCambridge, MA
05/25/2014Insight Improv Lab: SingingCambridge, MA
04/20/2014Insight Improv Lab: Role Stream and Scene StreamCambridge, MA
03/23/2014Insight Improv Lab: StorytellingCambridge, MA
02/16/2014Insight Improv Lab: Working with TextCambridge, MA
01/19/2014Insight Improv Lab: The Three StatesCambridge, MA
12/15/2013Insight Improv Lab: AmplificationCambridge, MA
11/30/2013Meditation, Psychodrama, and Team-building for Palliative Care Team

Organized by Amnart Anilhongse

Bangkok, Thailand
11/10/2013Insight Improv Lab: Naked ImprovisationCambridge, MA
10/20/2013Insight Improv Lab: Further Exploration with MeditationCambridge, MA
09/15/2013Insight Improv Lab: Shared VipassanaCambridge, MA
08/23/2013Further Exploration with Psychodrama and Psolodrama (2-day)

Organized and translated by Preedawan Buranarungruengkij

Bangkok, Thailand
08/04/2013Insight Improv Lab: Authentic MovementCambridge, MA
07/14/2013Insight Improv Lab: Active MeditationCambridge, MA
06/23/2013Insight Improv Lab: MeditationCambridge, MA
05/12/2013Insight Improv Lab: IntroductionCambridge, MA
02/25/2013Insight Improv for Experienced Students (2-day)

Organized by Preedawan Buranarungruengkij

Bangkok, Thailand
02/13/2013Insight Improvisation (Guest Lecture)

Lesley University's Principles and Practices of Drama Therapy/Psychodrama GEXTH 5047.01
Host: Nisha Sajnani, PhD, RDT-BCT; Guest Lecturer: Joel Gluck, MEd, RDT

Cambridge, MA
02/20/2012Insight Improvisation, Psychodrama, and Psolodrama for Experienced Students (2-day)

Organized by Preedawan Buranarungruengkij

Bangkok, Thailand
10/28/2011Insight Improv: Psolodrama (Weekend Intensive for Experienced Students)

Organized by Patrick Crowley

Northampton, MA
09/23/2011Insight Improv: Psolodrama (Weekend Intensive)

Organized by Maya Liebermann

Easthampton, MA
Historical Note
  • The earliest Insight Improvisation programs were taught in 1999 at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education in Cambridge, MA and at Shantigar—Jean-Claude van Itallie's workshop center for theater, meditation, and healing—in Charlemont, MA.
  • Psolodrama was first developed in 2002-2003 at the Applied Drama Practice Group and Insight Improv Research Group; both groups met at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.
  • Insight Improvisation was first taught in Thailand in 2005, and has been taught there most years since, primarily in Bangkok.
  • The first Insight Improv program in India was taught in Kolkata in 2007.

The Life Drama Program

The Life Drama 4-day program is designed to introduce participants to drama therapy, psychodrama, and Insight Improvisation, and is appropriate for therapists and other mental health professionals, educators, performing artists, and those interested in self-developmemnt.

Life Drama consists of two 2-day programs:

  • Part One—An Introduction to Drama Therapy and Psychodrama: In this introductory workshop, we introduce fundamental techniques in drama therapy and psychodrama, using our own personal experiences as a basis for the drama. Exercises will range from fun introductory sharing and improvisational games, to deeper exercises that invite self-expression, emotional sharing, and the opportunity to explore present challenges and heal old wounds.
  • Part Two—Insight Improvisation: Psolodrama: In this advanced workshop, we will build on the learnings in Part I by introducing Insight Improvisation, a drama therapy approach that can be used in individual therapy, peer counseling, and with groups. Insight Improvisation combines mindfulness meditation with theater and psychotherapy. Through a mixture of theory as well as experiential techniques, we will learn to access inner imagery and inner roles, creating spontaneous dramas that evoke personal insight and emotional catharsis.

Registration Guidelines

Those interested in registering for an Insight Improv program are asked to observe the following guidelines:

  • The program, although therapeutic in nature, is not a psychotherapy group. Participants must have the ability to hold and support their own emotional process.
  • In order to help create a safe therapeutic container, participants are asked to register only if they can be present for the entire program.
  • The program is appropriate for ages 21 and older.
  • For programs where we will not have a translator, fluency in English is required.

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