Ted began his studies at Indiana University where he earned Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Theatre in 1986. He went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from Depaul University in 1989. Ted went back to school to study Drama Therapy at Kansas State University where he earned a Master of Art Degree. His Registered Drama Therapist (RDT) credential was awarded in 2001.He also was an executive board member of NADTA from 2005 through 2009. Passionate about education, Ted continued his studies, completing a Doctoratal degree in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. His impressive studies throughout his career lead to a long standing professional relationship with the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, including the Distinguished Alumnus award in 2010, and 6 years of service as a faculty member.
Ted was passionate about families and children, developing new programs when he identified a need. He pioneered the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Project, developed with the Illinois National Guard which has positively impacted the lives of thousands of children and families of the military. ITA has implemented this program throughout the state of Illinois, using art, drama, and music therapy to help the children of returning soldiers cope with the feelings of anxiety, fear, and confusion that accompany a parent’s deployment.
Dr. Rubenstein’s work at the Institute for Therapy through the Arts was immeasurable and deeply impactful. He began his work with ITA as a part-time drama specialist in 1988. From there, his roles at ITA included Coordinator of Drama Therapy, Managing Director, Clinical Director, and the Vice President of Expressive Arts Therapy. He also served as the Stage Director for the Broadway Bound program where he directed nearly a dozen productions. Dr. Theodore Rubenstein passed away in September of 2010. His impact was widespread and deeply rooted at the Institute for Therapy through the Arts. We remember him well for his incredible helping spirit, his energy and passion, and his creativity.