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Jessica Bleuer

Lecturer, Drama Therapy, Creative Arts Therapies

Full-Time Tenure-Track

Jessica Bleuer
How can drama therapy support equity and social justice in education, clinical work and beyond?
Office: S-ER 131  
ER Building,
2155 Guy St.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4641
Website(s): Drama Therapists Against White Supremacy Campaign

How can drama therapy support equity and social justice in education, clinical work and beyond?

Jessica Bleuer, MA, M.Ed., Ph.D.(c), she/her pronouns, is a Registered Drama Therapist in private practice and a tenure-track lecturer and supervisor in the MA Drama Therapy Program at Concordia University in Montreal. A past two-term Diversity Chair for the North American Drama Therapy Association, Jessica's teaching and research focuses on the intersections between individual wellness and larger systemic change.  Jessica's research uses arts-based methods and Theatre of the Oppressed techniques to address various equity issues that include historical trauma, marginalized community activism, barriers to employment for newcomers, xenophobia, and the negative impacts of racism on people's sense of belonging, safety and general well being.  She is passionate about community-based drama therapy and is currently working with Simon Driver to develop, Metabolizing Minutes: a community based therapeutic theatre intervention that supports community members to respond creativity to community issues that affect mental health.

Her research projects prioritize the resilience and knowledge of targeted groups, and current research focuses on using a Nervous-System Informed Theatre of the Oppressed to support educators to  address racial and ethnic microaggressions in higher education classroom settings.
Jessica maintains a small private practice where she focuses on working with Spanish speaking people, racialized minorities, LGBT2SIQ and Gender Non Conforming children, adults and families. In her role as cultural equity consultant, Jessica delivers trainings and helps organizations create equity councils and strategic development plans to promote equity, inclusion and authentic collaboration. 

Jessica's multiple cultural identities, including her experiences as as a first generation Latina Canadian inform her work around equity and inclusion


Selected Publications

Bleuer, J. (In Press). Theatre for Revolution orTheatre for Healing?  Forum Theatre withLGBT2SIQ and Other Targeted Communities . In A.M. Fritz & K. Afary, CommunicationResearch on Expressive Arts and Narrative as Forms of Healing. LexingtonBooks.

Snow, S.& Bleuer, J. (In Press). Chapter 7 : Ethnodramatherapy. In R. Emunah& D.R. Johnson (Eds.), CurrentApproaches in Drama Therapy. Springfield, Illinois, Charles C Thomas.

Bleuer,J. & Harnden, B. (2018). Translating drama therapy: Reflections on clinicalpractice with complex trauma. Drama TherapyReview, 4(2), 167-182.

Bleuer,J., Chin, M. & Sakamoto, I. (2018). Why theatre-based research works? Thepsychological theories behind the curtain. QualitativeResearch in Psychology: Creative Representations in Research, 15(2-3),395-411.

Bleuer, J. (2017). Confronting Islamophobic Violence & Discrimination.North American Drama Therapy Association Website. Retrieved from

Sajnani,N., Tomczk, P., Bleuer, J., Dokter, D., Carr, M. & Bilodeau, S. (2016). Guidelines oncultural response/ability in training, research, practice, supervision,advocacy and organizational change. DramaTherapy Review, 2(1), 141-147.

Bleuer, J., White,C., Jordan, D.E., Diaz, I., Anandampillai, S. (2016). Opposition to Homophobic & Transphobic Laws. North AmericanDrama Therapy Association Website. Retrieved from

Bleuer, J., White,C., Jordan, D.E., Diaz, I., Anandampillai, S. (2016). Black Lives Matter, North American Drama Therapy AssociationWebsite. Retrieved from

Bleuer, J. (2016).Orlando & LGBT2SIQ Communities: Condolences & Outrage. North AmericanDrama Therapy Association Website. Retrieved from

Chin, M., Sakamoto,I., & Bleuer, J. (2014). The dynamics of show and tell: Arts-based methodsand language ideologies in community-based research. Journal of Community Practice, 22 (1-2), 256-273.

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