B.F.A. Drama, New York University, 1983 M.A., New York University, 1989
Maria Hodermarska is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT), a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT) and a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). Her work spans both the creative and applied psychological uses of the theater arts within community-based mental health programs and alcohol/substance abuse treatment programs serving un-served or under-served populations. She has been an adjunct assistant clinical professor in the Graduate Program in Drama Therapy at NYU since 1995 and has been an adjunct faculty of the Gallatin School for almost 10 years. She is currently the Ethics Chair for the National Association for Drama Therapy, serving previously as Education Chairperson. Her publications include: Perfume: A Meditation on the Countertransferential Drama with Babies Who Smell Bad in The Arts in Psychotherapy (February 2008); Operatic Play a Drama and Music Therapy Collaboration in Healing the Inner City Child, Creative Arts Therapies with At-Risk Youth, edited by V. Camilleri (Jessica Kingsley Press, 2007).
Teaching and Research Interests
creative arts therapies; community-based mental health services; arts-in-education; group dynamics; improvisation and autobiographical performance
Professor Maria Hodermarska has been awarded the 2017 Teaching Excellence Award from the North American Drama Therapy Association. The award honors a member who has volunteered substantial time and effort serving the association on committees, subcommittees, or regional chapters on a specific project or series of projects.
Professor Hodermarska presented a paper and conducted a workshop at the Common Space Conference, held at Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic, in the spring of 2014. The workshop was sponsored by Palacky University, the Czech Parliament, and the European Union. In March 2014, she participated in a panel discussion with Janice Chisholm of the New York City Bureau of Developmental Disabilities and Anita Altman the founder of the NY Reelabilities Film Festival, held at Pace University and sponsored by Pace, NYU Poly, and AHRC New York City, and the Reelabilities Film Festival.