Insight Improv Lab

Troubleshooting Psolodrama


Dear Friends,

The Insight Improv Lab is back after a winter break! 


I was away for much of the winter teaching drama therapy in China, Korea, and Thailand. It was so moving to witness large groups of men and women practicing psolodrama together, doing personal work of great depth, laughing and crying together. I am excited to be back, to continue to write the Insight Improvisation book, and to share the work here in the US.

Our next Lab, April 19, is for those new to psolodrama and for those who have ever felt stuck doing it.

There is no "right way" to do psolodrama -- everyone who tries the practice seems to find their own path.

Those experienced in meditation, authentic movement, improvisation, psychodrama, etc., tend to use their prior experience as their guide, initially. Individuals also bring different habits and personal patterns into the practice.


For this reason, my coaching is always individualized. I may suggest to one person that she speak aloud and express more, and then encourage another to experiment with moving in silence for a while to discover the next role or scene.

In teaching psolodrama to many different kinds of people, I have found that there are certain common pitfalls to watch out for, particularly early in the practice. These should not be seen as absolute prohibitions, but rather little traps or habits that one may tend to fall into. Ideally, they point to areas for experimentation and self-discovery.

In our April meeting we'll review those typical psolodrama pitfalls before diving into the practice in pairs and as a group, and discuss what we find along the way.

Please join us Sunday, April 19, from 3:30-7:00pm, to practice, witness, and share about psolodrama together.

(Please note the new 3:30pm start time for the Lab.)

This is a free workshop -- don't miss it!

Looking forward to seeing you there,



p.s. -- If you are new to psolodrama, you  are welcome to join us! Please contact me in advance for ways to get up to speed prior to the Lab.  


Joel Gluck, MEd, RDT
Registered Drama Therapist
+1-617-354-0722 land line
+1-617-401-5124 cell (urgent)





* Chapters available online now:

- Read and comment on the draft "Psolodrama Examples" chapter:

- Read the final draft of "The Entryway to Psolodrama":


* Chapters available April 17:

- Read and comment on the draft "Troubleshooting Psolodrama" chapter:

- Read the final draft of "The Practice of Psolodrama":


* For more info on the Insight Improv Lab and Book, including workshop dates and links to all chapters, please visit:







May 17, 2015: Witnessing Psolodrama

What does it mean to truly witness another? 

Modern life conditions us to the role of viewer/consumer: we watch, we judge, and we follow our desires, flipping channels or clicking the next link at will. 


But to witness another person -- to take responsibility for being present, to be a container for their process, to be in service to them 

-- is something profoundly different. 


In practicing psolodrama, the roles of the witness are vital: nonjudgmental supporter, facilitator, friend, co-counselor, appreciative audience, and fellow meditator.

How the witness approaches these roles, and how open the witness is to receiving whatever arises in the psoloist's work, influences the quality, depth, and impact of the experience for both.

At our May Lab we'll discuss the roles of the witness, and witness one another practicing psolodrama, in pairs and as a group. 




Joel Gluck, MEd, RDT is a drama therapist, meditator, theatre artist, and executive coach who offers individual and couple therapy, workshops, clinical training, and coaching for performers and professionals throughout the world. 


Insight Improv Lab Details


* Sunday, April 19, 3:30-7:00pm
(please note NEW start time!)
* Please arrive a little early as front entrance may be locked after we start.

* Cambridge Cohousing, 175 Richdale Ave, Cambridge, MA
* 9-minute walk from Porter Sq. MBTA Red Line station
* Free street parking on Sundays -- no permit needed

* Please dress to move, in loose, comfortable clothes.
* Optional: water bottle, journal & pen

Please Note: 

* In order to help create a safe therapeutic container, participants are asked to attend only if they can be present for the entire workshop.
* This workshop, although therapeutic in nature, is not a psychotherapy group. Participants must have the ability to hold and support their own emotional process.
* This session is appropriate for ages 21 and older.

Please contact us if you have any questions, or to learn more about the program.  


RSVP: Let us know you're coming by e-mail or on Facebook --


April 19
Cambridge, MA

"Thank you so much for your teaching and guidance here this help others become more whole and present in this journey of life. I will remember that I sang despite saying that I would not. I will remember how I returned to a brave part of myself. You really created an atmosphere that encouraged and cultivated courage. Anything is possible."