Play+Ground by Spark of Play

Play+Ground is a drama- and play-based program and play group for children aged 4–12. Through various activities, the program aims to build life skills* such as self-awareness, empathy, effective communication, creative thinking, and coping with stress. 

With foundations in drama therapy, Play+Ground employs play, improv, role play, and imagination to spark engagement, growth, and change.

*Life skills are abilities for adaptive and positive behavior that enable humans to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of life.

Please note that this is not a group therapy session. Facilitators are, however, supported by a system for psychosocial support in MAGIS that allows any participant coming from any program to have the opportunities to seek further support if needed.

Session objectives

  • Provide a safe space for children to express worries and reduce stress
  • Develop and support coping skills, emotional communication, flexibility, and resilience
  • Provide socio-emotional support for children 
  • Connect children from all over the world to play together

Session Details

November 2020
Thursdays, 3:30 PM
New timeslots may be arranged to accommodate more participants.

Sessions will be held in a secure Zoom meeting session.

Fees and Registration


Materials needed

Confirmed participants will be informed of any materials needed prior to any session

About the Facilitator

Teacher Monica is a second-year graduate student in the Drama Therapy Program at New York University. She graduated AB Psychology from Ateneo de Manila University and has worked with various populations including children, adolescents, and adults with traumatic brain injury and developmental disabilities.

Originally from the Philippines, Monica has also supported underserved Filipino children in urban poor communities through research and various outreaches. Currently, she serves as the Research Assistant for the Theatre and Health Lab of the NYU Drama Therapy Program and Coordinator of the World Alliance of Drama Therapy. As a 200-hour certified yoga teacher and advocate for mental health, Monica integrates mindfulness and breathing practices into every session she leads. Students have described her as having an energy that is warm, inviting, and holding. In her spare time, she could be found singing to Disney songs and analyzing birth charts for her friends and family.

About the Partner Organization

Play+Ground is brought to MAGIS by Spark of Play, an organization based in New York with the mission to help grownups and kids reignite their spark by engaging in playful, dynamic, and connective offerings. Its Founder, Jamie Lynn McCoppin, is a registered drama therapist with the North American Drama Therapy Association and life skills coach. Jamie has spent the past 20 years honing play skills with groups and individuals from ages 3 to 100. She has enjoyed the titles of educator, actress, playwright, magician, clown, and drama therapist in her work across various regions of the U.S. Today, she is a passionate therapist and coach helping others expand their range of self-expression to feel more joy and confidence in their everyday lives. To fulfill the mission of Spark of Play, Jamie is joined by a team with combined experiences in drama therapy, education, social work, and social impact.