Laura Wood, MA, LPC, RDT-BCT, CCLS (Lead Director / Producer) graduated with her Masters of Art in Drama Therapy from New York University and is currently a Ph.D student in Counseling and Supervision at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has been selected to serve on the board for the National Association of Drama Therapy as the Central Region Representative. Laura is currently the Lead Clinical Therapist at Castlewood I Treatment Center where she facilitates individual and group therapies. Her focus areas of research and publication include the treatment of eating disorders, trauma and dissociation, attachment, grief and loss and the use of drama therapy and expressive action based methods to treat these areas. Miss Wood teaches locally and lectures nationally on drama therapy and eating disorders. Recovery as Performance is her newest kooky research project, where in she believes people in recovery can literally embody their recovery, tell their story and enter back into the community post intensive treatment as even brighter, brilliant and compassionate persons’ who have deep gifts to offer to the community.
Dave Mowers, MA, RDT, LCAT (Project Consultant) 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.