• an artistic collection of work by

    Jodi Leib Coden

  • Film

    Written, Produced and/or Directed by Jodi Leib

    Monday's Child



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    Red Love Redemption


    On The Lot Official Entry


    This short film was made specifically for the film competition On The Lot (Fox), which featured films under five minutes.


    Red Love Redemption was nominated for Best Acting and Best Picture in the On the Lot online filmmaker awards (audience generated).


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    Woman's Solitude


    Winner of Wine Country Film Festival Audience Award, 1997.


    Qualified for an Academy Award.

    Talk It Out with Jodi Leib... On Tour with the Black Eyed Peas

    a talk show

    Through Talk It Out, Jodi explored the nature of leadership and how musicians, when at their best, are using their voices to engage and inspire fans around the world.


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  • Jodi Leib Coden, MA, RDT, CDP, CATP
    Registered Drama Therapist
    Certified Dementia Practitioner
    Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional

    "Creating Ourselves into a Living Work of Art!"

    What is Drama Therapy?

    According to the North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA), Drama Therapy is the intentional use of drama and/or theater processes to achieve therapeutic goals. A Registered Drama Therapist (RDT) is certified in the practice of drama therapy, and follows the NADTA Code of Ethics, and adheres to the NADTA Scope of Practice.
    For more information, please visit www.nadta.org

    Drama Therapy is an extraordinary healing approach, which utilizes the following modalities and more:

    •Role Play



    •Imaginative play

    •Psychodrama / Sociodrama


    •Guided meditation

    •Other creative arts like drawing, singing and movement

    •Transformational Performance

    Drama Therapy can benefit children, teens, adults, and the elderly with:









    Published Articles

    Chapter 16: Benefits of Drama Therapy for Actors with Creative Blocks Due to Fear, Anxiety and Depression.

    By Jodi R. Leib
    The Heart and Soul of Psychotherapy: A transpersonal approach through theater arts. Traffod Publishing, 2013


    Healing Trauma with Psychodrama. Phoenix Rising.

    By Dr. James Zender, PhD

    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-new-normal/201804/healing-trauma-psychodrama. April 11, 2018

    Jodi Leib Coden, MA, RDT, CDP, CATP has achieved the highest level of accreditation as a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT) by the North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA), and earned an additional certifications as a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP) and Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional (CATP). She has worked with a variety of clinical populations including children and adults with PTSD from an auto accident or other life trauma, those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors, actors with stage fright, cancer survivors, and professionals looking to improve their confidence in self-expression.


    Jodi holds a Master of Arts in Drama Therapy and Psychology Theory from Lesley University, and completed her transpersonal drama therapy training at the Omega Theater. Prior, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Film & Video Studies from University of Michigan. Jodi is also a creative artist, expressing herself in a variety of mediums including painting and photography, songwriting, creative writing, and independent filmmaking.


    For more information and to schedule an appointment, please visit Life Spirit Health.

  • About Jodi

    Jodi Leib Coden, MA, RDT is a multimedia artist, filmmaker, and Registered Drama Therapist. After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Film and Video Studies from University of Michigan, Jodi began her career in Los Angeles in 1994 as an independent filmmaker, first working in film production and then writing, producing and directing her own films and creative projects. Her first short film garnered positive recognition and received the audience award at the Wine Country Film Festival in 1997, and screened at many other film festivals and venues including the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


    From 2001 – 2007, and periodically after that, Jodi hosted and produced Talk It Out with Jodi Leib, first an independent cable program, and then a published magazine column in All Access Magazine and online at TalkItOut.tv. Through Talk It Out, Jodi has interviewed many musicians and political activists including Gloria Steinem, the Black Eyed Peas, Indigo Girls and Howard Dean, in-depth about various social causes. She covered the March For Women’s Lives in 2004 and FarmAid in 2006.


    In 2010, Jodi completed her Master of Arts in Drama Therapy from Leslie University, and began using her artistic talents to further healing in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and traumatic brain injury. Additionally, she published the chapter Drama Therapy for Acting Blocks in the book The Heart and Soul of Psychotherapy: A Transpersonal Approach through Theater Arts for her work helping actors to remove creative blocks due to fear, anxiety and depression using drama therapy modalities. As a result, Jodi created a new form of acting training that enriches performance by helping actors, as a drama therapist, to work through inner conflicts.


    Throughout her professional career, Jodi has expressed herself as a painter and photographer. Her work has exhibited in numerous group shows in several cities including New York, the Hamptons, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Connecticut. One of her photographs, a feminist work, is part of the permanent collection within the first LGBTQ art museum in the world, the Leslie-Lohman Museum in New York. Jodi has donated many artworks to charity auctions including GLAAD, JDRF, ADL, and Doing Art Together (The Met).


    As a screenwriter, Jodi has been developing a fictional motion picture called Monday’s Child, which explores how overturning Roe v. Wade would impact a community of women facing complicated pregnancies. She produced a staged reading in New York in 2009 with actors and has worked with numerous screenplay consultants to ensure subject matter accuracy. Consultants have included women with complicated pregnancies, leading reproductive rights activists, medical providers, legal scholars, and religious leaders. She is currently in the process of fundraising and casting.


    After years in Los Angeles and New York, Jodi Leib married Jon Coden in 2014 and now lives in the Detroit area, where she is primarily focusing on producing Monday’s Child and working as a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT). She has another thriving career as marketing professional in the healthcare industry, as well as in her husband’s family flower business, Coden Flowers. She launched an internet start-up in 2014 called 12Friends, which seeks to unite women through friendship and flowers by reinventing how women give and receive flowers with their friends. Jodi is a step-parent to Emma, 14, and a fur-parent to a golden retriever named Marty “McFly” Coden…. Yes, he's named after Marty in Back to the Future because all the Codens are serious movie buffs.

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