PhD, LMHC, RDT-BCT
Laura L. Wood graduated with her doctorate in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis and is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Registered Drama Therapist-Board Certified Trainer. Her dissertation entitled: The Use of Therapeutic Theater In Supporting Clients In Eating Disorder Recovery After Intensive Treatment: A Qualitative Study examined the use of counseling and therapeutic theater to help support clients in their first year of recovery from an eating disorder. Additionally, she has her M.A. in Drama Therapy from New York University and is the President-Elect for the board of the North American Drama Therapy Association. Previously, Dr. Wood spent almost seven years at Castlewood Treatment Center as a Lead Therapist and facilitated individual, group and family therapies. Her focus and research areas include the treatment of trauma and dissociation, eating disorders, attachment, grief and loss, and the use of drama therapy and creativity in counseling. She has both lectured nationally and internationally and published in these areas. In 2015-16 she was awarded the Drama Therapy Fund Research grant and the Molloy College Student Faculty Recognition Award. In addition to teaching, Dr. Wood is also the Practicum and Internship Coordinator for the CMHC program at Molloy and sees clients in private practice. Recovery Through Performance is her newest kooky research project, wherein she believes people in recovery can literally embody recovery, and enter back into the world post intensive treatment as even brighter, brilliant and more compassionate persons’ who have deep gifts to offer to their community.
MA, RDT, LCAT
Prior to his training at NYU, Dave Mowers worked for twenty years in the professional theater as an actor, director, teacher, writer, and consultant. In New York, the focus of his directing work was on new play development at theaters including The Atlantic Theater Co., Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, Rattlestick, Primary Stages, and Manhattan Theatre Club. At MTC he was a staff member in the musical theater development office, and worked on the artistic staff with Robyn Goodman and Michael Bush. Regionally, his work was seen at Charlotte Rep, Delaware Theater Company, Meadowbrook Theater, The Actor’s Gang, 7 Stages, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, and others. He was a resident director for Thesbitheateret in Tonsberg, Norway, directing an annual production of Shakespeare in Norwegian translation, for which he was awarded the Kings Medal for Cultural Service. As a solo performer, he toured with five full-length autobiographical performances to such venues as Second City Chicago, story telling festivals and fringe festivals. He is a MOTH Grand Slam Champion, and his work has been heard on NPR, Studio 360, and themoth.org. He was twice named Best in Festival at the NYFringe, and Critic’s Pick in Chicago for three years running. Dave Mowers holds an MA in Drama Therapy from NYU, a diploma from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and a BA in English from UCLA. He is a personal coach with training and certification from NYU. He has been a teacher at The Atlantic Theater Company School, NYU Tisch Dramatic Writing MFA Program, and Emory University.