37th Annual Conference
October 27 - 30, 2016

Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center
in Seattle, Washington, United States


The Power of Dramatic Play and Creativity:
Sunshine Under the Umbrella

Circle Game, by Cleopatra Bertelsen.

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.  
~ Plato 

The field of drama therapy thrives on dramatic play and creativity: ritual, improvisation, theater games, role, masks, puppets, embodied and projective play are all core elements of our work. Dramatic play enhances therapeutic alliances and creates empathy; it inspires cooperation, flexibility and growth. Creativity allows us to express our repertoire of emotions and inspires our imagination. Let us come together to actively explore how the benefits of dramatic play and creativity facilitate change and improve overall health and wellbeing. 

We ask you to consider: What are the critical components of dramatic play and how might they be measured? How have dramatic play and creativity supported the development of drama therapy as an evidence based practice? How does dramatic play align and support a trauma informed practice? What are the drawbacks and limitations of using dramatic play and creativity in various settings? How can drama therapists strengthen community and create a sense of belonging using dramatic play?  How does drama therapy’s ancient roots impact how we use dramatic play in the work today? In what ways can we sustain dramatic play and creativity in our field?  

Through enriching conversation, critical investigation, inspiring collaboration, synergetic sharing, nurturing connection, and playfulness we will learn from each other, expand the umbrella, and generate global enthusiasm for drama therapy.

Join us this October for NADTA's Annual Conference!
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