Therapeutic Performance Initiative (TPI) is a community development arts-based curriculum that prepares individuals and organizations to make positive choices through expressive arts therapy. Our TPI Model includes coaching individuals through a cycle of story-writing, lyrical development, choreography creations, rehearsals, and a final performance. Our TPI model has been widely used throughout the world and has favorably collaborated with over 63 communities, 5 countries, serving over 5,000 clients.

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Trinity High School

TRAIN: A Student-Written Musical

(6 Strangers, One Extraordinary Moment)


For over 2 ½ years, The Center for Creative Arts Therapy's Founder, Azizi Marshall, has been working with Trinity High School students to create and develop an original musical, from lyrics and music to script and choreography. TRAIN follows six strangers though an exploration of life's challenges, hopes, fears and love.

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School of Expressive Arts & Learning (SEAL)

Planned and managed all aspects of expressive arts therapy with children and adolescents at a special needs therapeutic day school. Directed talent show and holiday musical, incorporating themes of bullying and self-assurance.

TPI Performances:

Memories (Stories of Bullying and Standing Up for Others)

Holiday Variety Show (Developed connected themes of hope and self-assurance)

Punk Teen

The Youth Campus

Developed summer performing arts intensive, culminating in final performance for staff and administration.

TPI Performance:

Back in the Day (Musical incorporating martial arts, poetry and dance)

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Mis_ing Link

First program to implement the Therapeutic Performance Initiative (TPI) Model. Resulted in over 15 programs in the greater Chicago area with inner city and incarcerated youth. Provided drama therapy training, organized and lead therapeutic activities, provided support groups for the community, implemented care plans for residents. Multiple TPI Performances were created and produced throughout Illinois.

Women with a Cause

Wellness House

​Responsible for programming and operations of Family Matters and Expressive Arts program, providing direct psychological support to individuals and families bereaved or living with cancer. Developed programs such as Healing and Transforming Through the Arts, Writing Towards Wellness, Dance /Movement Therapy for Caretakers, Flute and Drum Circles, and Healing Through Intuitive Art.

TPI Performances:

Never Forget (Short musical with children who had lost their father to cancer)

Flute Circle (Support group for cancer survivors and those in active treatment)

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Riveredge Psychiatric Hospital

Served as Director of Expressive Therapy programming in 210 bed facility. Developed and administered monthly expressive therapy trainings.

TPI Model was incorporated in partnership with the Sex Offender Rehabilitation Residential Program for adolescent boys. The following productions were created based on the residents' personal stories of abuse, survival and hope:

STOMP Unchained (STOMP-Based Musical featuring residents' nonverbal musical talents and humor)

Never Enough (One resident's story of hope and treatment)


Youth of the Nation: Our Stories (Residents' stories of their personal life battles with their addiction and past abuse, featuring client-written music)


What Do You Think About That? (Talent Show featuring each resident's skills)

Hip-Hop Holidays (Holiday Show with an urban twist)

Let us inspire and guide you towards healing the world through the arts.


The Center for Creative Arts Therapy conducts a diverse array of fearlessly creative community initiatives, developing and implementing innovative approaches to transforming and healing global communities through the use of drama and the expressive arts.

For more information on Creative Arts Therapy training programs, compassionately creative counseling services and arts-based psychotherapists in Chicago and the DuPage County area, call us at (847) 477-8244, email us, or visit us at 2600 Warrenville Road, Suite 205, Downers Grove, IL  60515.