Co-Directors – Omega Theater Professional Trainings
Saphira Linden, MA, RDT-BCT, LCAT, T.E.P, Artistic Director, Omega Theater/Theater Workshop Boston (since 1967), Co-Director Omega Transpersonal Drama Therapy Certificate Program. She is regarded as a pioneer in drama therapy. Ms. Linden is adjunct faculty, Lesley University, awarded 1st Teaching Excellence award NADTA, ‘fellow’ of ASGPP, and studied with the Morenos, late 1960s &1970s. Created numerous award winning plays. Her artistic work, subject of half hour film, PBS series, Artists In America. Trained hundreds of professionals in the arts, mental health, education, organizations/corporations. She is a Transpersonal psychotherapist, Management consultant, Sufi meditation teacher/ guide, since 1971. Private practice. Author of numerous articles, chapters about her work. She is editor & contributing author of THE HEART AND SOUL OF PSYCHOTHERAPY: A TRANSPERSONAL APPROACH THROUGH THEATER ARTS—Drama Therapy, Psychodrama, Transformational Theater, Trafford Press, 2013
Phillip Speiser, PH.D, LMHC, RDT/BCT, Psychodramatist, Co-Director Omega Transpersonal Drama Therapy Certificate Program. Phil completed his training in psychodrama, group psychotherapy and sociometry in the 1970’s with J.L and Zerka Moreno at the Moreno Institute in Beacon, NY. He is a drama therapist and expressive arts educator/therapist who has developed and implemented integrated arts therapy and educational programs for over three decades. He is currently the Director of Parkside Arts & Health Associates in Boston, MA where he works with children, adults and families. He is also Supervisor of Arts Therapy at Whittier Street Health Center. His interdisciplinary work on the connections between spontaneity-creativity, arts/aesthetics, education, healthcare and human services has led to many project collaborations in the United States and abroad. He has taught at numerous colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. He is the former chairperson of Very Special Arts Sweden and founding co-chair of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association.
Daniel J. Wiener, Ph.D, RDT/BCT, Professor of Counseling and Family Therapy at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), is licensed both as a psychologist and Marriage and Family Therapist, conducting private practice since 1976 in New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut and serving as Clinical Director of three private mental health organizations in New York City. He has written books, chapters and articles on the application of action methods in psychotherapy and is the founder of Rehearsals! for Growth (RfG), a drama therapy of relationships that uses improvisational theater techniques. Dan teaches workshops at professional conferences and has presented on RfG in 8 countries. In 1997 theAmerican Association for Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama awarded him the Zerka T. Moreno Award and in 2006 the National Association for Drama therapy gave him their Research Award.
Bobbi Ausubel, MFA, RDT, currently works as a Drama Therapist in India with women in prostitution and children vulnerable to sex trafficking, with cancer patients through San Francisco General Hospital’s Araceli Theater and leads girls’ and women’s empowerment events across the country and globe through That Takes Ovaries. In addition she is directing plays in San Francisco and works with children in the schools. She was for 12 years co-director of Caravan Theater, Cambridge MA, performing original and classical works; for 15 years was a faculty member of The Boston Conservatory and chair of the Theater Division for several of those years. Bobbi used drama therapy structures and personal stories to develop new scripts and invented structures using the actors’ child characters as a way into finding their spontaneous Self and connection to freeing body, voice and emotions as part of their acting training. Drama Therapy became part of her repertoire in working in community settings with children and teachers in schools, unions, parent education groups, and organizations. She taught Emotional Intelligence to county employees in San Mateo, CA.Bobbi gained certification as an RDT through the Transpersonal Drama Therapy Certificate Program under the guidance and mentoring of Saphira Linden and Penny Lewis.
Christopher Kavi Carbone, MA, RDT, Drama Therapist, serves on the faculty of Salve Regina University’s training programs in the Expressive & Creative Arts. He is a sound healing artist, yoga educator, storyteller/performer, and Expressive Arts facilitator. He has been engaged in sharing multi-modal Creative and Healing arts within a broad range of settings and groups in local communities for over 20 years, including child/family programs, and individuals dealing with developmental delays and disabilities.
Iris Anne Grant, MA is a visual artist who has exhibited her paintings nationally, and has a studio in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston where she maintains a private practice in creativity counseling, mentoring, and teaching. She’s has created numerous art courses for Lesley University where she was an adjunct professor, has led numerous art retreats, and was also the recipient of a two year Visual Arts Fellowship at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center on Cape Cod. She co-facilitates with her husband Jim, personal art retreats for those interested in integrating and deepening their spiritual and creative lives. She has been an active member of the Omega Arts Network, and created stage design for Omega Theatre’s multimedia event SEJECHO: “Voice of the Earth,” in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Wendyne Limber, MA, LMFT, RDT/BCT, is a Florida Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Drama Therapist, and Board Certified Trainer for NADTA who has worked with healing and transformational groups for the last 25 years. Wendyne is the author of The Imagination Process™, – an intense and wonderful healing program which integrates old and new psychology, eastern and western thought, spiritual and human truths with the expressive therapies, drama therapy and the arts for exciting and deep experiences into the psyche and the universe.
Wendyne is the founder of Solutions Center for Personal Growth, Soul Studies Institute, Inc. and Soulville Center for healing. transformation. education. With these endeavors, Wendyne has created a community of people committed to helping others experience powerful transformation, peace, love, healing and movement toward becoming deliberate, happy creators.
Susan Nisenbaum-Becker, MA, RDT, drama therapist, is an actor, dancer and poet, writing and performing as a solo artist and with several companies in the Boston area for many years. She has written numerous original and collaborative theater pieces which focus on the struggles and transformation of the human experience. Ms. Nisenbaum-Becker has danced in her own performance groups as well as under the direction of Cora Miller and Barbara Mettler. She is a student and teacher of Dances of Universal Peace. She has choreographed many works including sacred/liturgical dance for solo and group performance. A psychotherapist in private practice, she works with individuals, couples, families and groups, and teaches and consults with school systems, organizations, and businesses. Ms. Nisenbaum-Becker performed the Boston debut of the one woman show THE LOBSTER REEF and appeared in Omega Theater’s SUNSONG and multicultural art event SEJECHO: Voice of the Earth, both in Cambridge. Currently, she has been creating and performing EARTHEART and MOTHERBLOOD with Saphira Linden.
Jami Osborne has an M.A. in Transpersonal Drama Therapy studies & a Certificate in Integrated Holistic Health (Lesley University 2004), Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Counseling Psychology (Cambridge College 2007). She is a Massachusetts Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT), Board Certified Trainer (BCT) through the North American Drama Therapy Association. Jami has 30+ years experience teaching pre-school through geriatrics & practicing complementary health care, including mind/body approaches, energy & sound healing modalities, EMDR & spirituality. Diversity in all areas is a foundation of her practice. Peri-natal, hospice & end-of-life, complex medical & mental health concerns are current areas of specialty.
Jami has been a part of the Omega Theater and Transpersonal Drama Therapy Training program since 1999, first as a student and currently as a member of the faculty.
Active in the regional chapters of NADTA, American Mental Health Counselors Association (Mass chapter is MaMHCA), the Western Mass EMDRIA and the Boston EMDRIA Trauma Recovery Network, Jami has committed to helping others gain mastery in these fields through education, consultation and supervision.
Nat Warren-White, MA, RDT, is an executive coach, actor, teacher and director with a BA from Wesleyan University in theater and an MA from Lesley University in drama therapy. He leads programs in leadership, coaching, and presence for corporations and non-profits around the world. He’s taught acting, mime, improvisation and drama therapy at Emerson and Babson Colleges, Lesley University, the Boston & New England Conservatories, and in the executive education programs at Harvard, Columbia and Northwestern Universities. He’s an eight-year veteran of Boston’s Shear Madness, a former company member at the Actors Theater of Louisville, KY and the McCarter Theater, Princeton, NJ. In 2004, Nat helped found And Still We Rise Productions (www.andstillwerise.org) a non-profit theater and educational company dedicated to helping ex-prisoners and their families share their stories with the wider New England community. He has also run drama therapy programs at the Hebrew Center for the Aged in Jamaica Plain, MA and at the Suffolk County House of Correction in Boston. He served as the Artistic Director of the Poets’ Theater in Cambridge where he created a new play series focusing on political hotspots around the world including So Africa and the Middle East.
In 2006, Nat embarked on a voyage around the world aboard his 43′ cutter BAHATI (www.voyageofthebahati.com) returning to live in Maine in 2011. He is currently living and working in Sydney, Australia.
David Read Johnson, Ph.D, RDT/BCT is Director, Institute for Developmental Transformations; Co-Director, Post Traumatic Stress Center, New Haven, CT; Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine; former president of NADTA and former editor-in-chief of the Arts in Psychotherapy.
Nancy Sondag, MA, RDT/BCT, LCAT, CDP is the Director of Therapeutic Recreation at Menorah Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care in Brooklyn, NY. She has over twenty years experience in teaching, training, and mentoring students, teachers and therapists and developing creative arts education and therapy programs for schools, HIV/AIDs programs, obesity clinics, community colleges, universities, and nursing homes.