What is Drama Therapy?

Drama therapy is the intentional use of drama and/or theater processes to achieve therapeutic goals.

Drama therapy is active and experiential. This approach can provide the context for participants to tell their stories, set goals and solve problems, express feelings, or achieve catharsis. Through drama, the depth and breadth of inner experience can be actively explored and interpersonal relationship skills can be enhanced. Participants can expand their repertoire of dramatic roles to find that their own life roles have been strengthened.

Quotes

"Under the guise of play and pretend, we can - for once - act in new ways. The bit of distance from real life afforded by drama enables us to gain perspective on our real-life roles and patterns and actions, and to experiment actively with alternatives."

               -- Renee Emunah, PhD, RDT/BCT
                  Director, Drama Therapy Program, California Institute of Integral Studies

"(Drama therapy) values the possibilities of the unadorned encounter between a therapist and a client in the play space. Here, the world of imagination with all its contradictions and mysteries can be revealed through the embodied play of two free consciousnesses."

               -- David Read Johnson, PhD, RDT/BCT
                  Director, The Institutes for the Arts in Psychotherapy
 

"Unlike talk therapy, drama therapy gets there really fast. Role-playing -acting out issues and problems - is more effective than talking."

               -- Robert Landy, PhD, RDT/BCT
                  Director Drama Therapy Program, New York University

"Participants can enjoy the feelings of being in another person's shoes - playing another role - as well as learn the liberating experience of expanding their own primary roles in life."

               -- Patricia Sternberg, MA, RDT/BCT
                  Director, Developmental Drama Program, Hunter College

"In the aftermath of September 11th, I witnessed the enormous benefits of these modalities [creative arts therapies] in helping people to express their emotions and have seen Capital Hill exhibits illustrating the meaningful gains through artistic process."

               -- Hilary Rodham Clinton