The North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA) was incorporated in 1979 to establish and uphold rigorous standards of professional competence for drama therapists. The organization maintains requirements that must be met to qualify as a registered drama therapist (RDT). NADTA promotes drama therapy through information and advocacy.


To support and advance the profession of drama therapy.


Enhancing the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities through supporting and educating drama therapists.


  • Creativity and innovation in healing
  • Professionalism, integrity, and ethical accountability of practitioners
  • Inquiry, research, and transparency of communication
  • Collaboration, compassion, and community building through the drama therapeutic process
  • Creative alignment between values and action
  • A commitment to inclusiveness, a promotion of diversity and cultural humility within the drama therapy community and the clients we serve.

As a member organization of the National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Association (NCCATA), NADTA is aligned with professionals in the fields of art, music, dance, and poetry therapies, as well as group psychotherapy and psychodrama.