Patricia Flynn has run the theatre program at St.
Benedict’s Prep since 1983, creating over
forty original performance pieces with students, and directing over seventy mainstage productions. Her work with students has toured internationally. Patricia has worked in professional theatre in NYC, regionally, and in London’s West End. She holds an MFA from Catholic University, a Teaching Artist certificate from Columbia University Teachers’ College, and is a NJ Governor’s Award in the Arts recipient.
Dr. Ivan Lamourt has been at St. Benedict’s Prep School for 30 years. He spearheaded the development of the counseling center at St. Benedict's which today, is a comprehensive mental health services department that rivals any to be found even on major college campuses across the country. The department is at the forefront of applied school psychology and is a resource virtually nonexistent in other urban school settings as featured in the documentary "The Rule". Dr. Lamourt received his Master of Arts in Counseling and Professional Diploma in School Psychology from New Jersey City University and received his doctorate in psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2013. He is currently an adjunct psychology professor at New Jersey City University and Montclair State University
We encourage students to listen with the ear of the heart, but this must be reciprocal; we must do likewise. Students struggle to function academically when their hearts are broken. This workshop demonstrates the efficacy of a project called Stage Rage, run by a counselor and a theatre artist. Students share their issues and painful histories in group therapy, and then are assisted in shaping their stories theatrically, to share with the community. The healing takes place not only within the context of the therapy sessions and theatre exercises, which are inwardly directed, but also through the outwardly directed performance, which seeks to point the way to the path of healing for students younger than they. It is this altruistic act of reaching out to others that compliments the healing process. We offer 5 years of documentation to illustrate the success of this healing modality. When hearts heal, they are free to open, and learning and growth can begin.
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