Students of the Phoenix House Academy of Long Island recently spent time writing original plays and performing for an audience of family members at the Academy. Besides writing their own material and rehearsals, they worked on acting exercises designed to enhance emotions and physical expression. The students performed their works to an appreciative audience, with the theme “If it was up to me…” This theatre and acting workshop helped many of these young men to come out of their shells and improve communication, which is extremely important and therapeutic during the recovery process. Our students realized this exercise shed light on their social interaction, as well as bringing out their hidden writing skills and acting abilities. We are proud to add creative, arts-oriented activities to our curriculum in an effort to help our clients express their feelings in a positive, healthy way. Fantastic effort!