Theater of the Mind: Performances for Healing and Growth

Theater of the Mind: Performances for Healing and Growth

Join us for an exciting evening of theater, music, and dance—all with one thing in common: the journey toward psychological healing and growth. Theater of the Mind will engage your senses as you are taken through a carefully-curated show full of creative expression in an intimate theater setting. Including everything from dynamic dance performances to thought-provoking dramatic pieces, you don’t want to miss out. 

A collaboration of the Los Angeles Psychological Association (LACPA), San Fernando Valley Chapter of the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (SFV-CAMFT), and California State University, Northridge (CSUN), Theater of the Mind aims to provide a night out on the town while raising awareness about the importance of psychological and emotional health in our communities. So, come out, have some fun, and support a great cause while you’re at it. Get your tickets here and we’ll see you at the theater!

About Our Performers:

Shadows of Darkness

This dance is an exploration into the inner landscape of posttraumatic stress, including the agonizing reality that perpetration and victimization may converge and merge during intense efforts to survive. Terror and tyranny interplay in the shadows of darkness. 

Choreographers: Paula Thomson & Maurice Godin

Music: Henryck Gorecki, Third Movement from the Third 


Dancers: Soloist: Jonathan Kim

            Ensemble: Elissa Brock, Melissa Cantarero, Annick 

            Chung, Trenton Cockerl-Patrick, Megan Escobar, Angela 

            Janney, Demi Kupershmidt, Bebe Liang, Ricky Lopez, 

            Sarah No, Jesse Perez, Jesse Ricaldi, Amanda Steiner, 

            Michael Villar  



Created by: Leanne Domash

A filmed ten-minute play following one man working to try and prevent suicide attempts on the Golden Gate Bridge. When meeting a young woman, he is confronted with his own issues from the past.


Sign Language Dance

Created and Performed by: Dr. Alison Freeman

Music: I Will Never Be The Same by Melissa Etheridge


Top of the Hour

Created by: Kitty Felde

It’s a very bad night for two strangers waiting for news from a commuter train crash.  His wife is on the train.   She’s a journalist who has to report something at the top of the hour.  

Here’s what Kitty has to say about her play: 

“Sometimes, lay people find themselves pressed into service as an emergency therapist. In my three decades as a journalist, this happened to me several times. Once was September 11, when we opened the phones and people called in for hours and hours to share their emotions with me – a talk show host who they felt they knew and knew them. Another time, it was after the Metrolink crash, sitting around at a public school meeting place with family members waiting to hear about the fate of their loved ones. The experience moved me to write the play TOP OF THE HOUR.”


Spoken Word with Background Music

Created and Performed by: Shawn LaRe Brinkley

A short piece about the history of police brutality toward the African American community.



Created by: Trew Mullen

A short video about the objectification of women; “She was treated as a trophy, an object, which slowly led to her losing sight of her confidence, her tone of voice, her identity, and eventually her mind.”