2016 Central Region Conference

Active Exploration and Healing: Performance Variety in Drama Therapy

April 16 & 17, 2016

Kansas State University – Manhattan, KS
Purple Masque Theatre
West Stadium

Playback, Self-Rev, music, dance, and puppetry are only a few ways drama therapists utilize PERFORMANCE within their profession. This year at the Central Region Conference, we will invite our regional members to come together to share their techniques, examples, and experiences of how they use performance in their work. We would like a variety of presentation-based and experiential-based workshops which include one or more of the creative art modalities (in relation to drama therapy).

About the Conference


Click Here to Register for the Central Region Conference.

Full Conference Fee (meals not included): 
  Students: $50
  Professionals: $60
  Presenters will receive a $10 discount.

Registration will be available until April 8, 2016

There will be a welcome table when you arrive at the Purple Masque Theatre for people to pick up their conference badges and any information.

WELCOME and REGISTRATION TIME IS: 8-9 a.m. Please do not wait till 9:00 to arrive. We are have a full day planned and want to begin on time! 

KSU Open House will also be this weekend. While there will still be fee parking, off-site parking, and hotels, please note that they may fill up quickly. 


SATURDAY April 16, 2016

 8-9 am: Registration

 9-9:15 am: Welcome with Alissa Duncan, Central Region Representative

 9:15-10:45 am: Workshop 1: Create a Socially Relevant Performance Using ALL the Arts: Therapeutic Performance Initiative Model

 10:45-11:00 am: Break 

 11:00-12:00: Workshop 2: YOUR CHOICE
 Theatre and Dual Diagnosis – A Pilot Project
 Relating Shakespeare to Incarcerated Women

 12-1:15pm : Lunch Break on your own 

 1:15-2:45pm: Workshop 3: Let’s Get Unreal! Practical Tools to Incorporate Creativity for Life Enrichment in Older Adult Care Communities 

 2:45-3pm : Break

 3-4 pm: Workshop 4: YOUR CHOICE
 Theatre and Therapy: Building Collaborative Relationships in Communities who are unfamiliar with Drama Therapy
 Puppet Talks

 4-4:10 pm: Break

 4:10-5:40 pm: Workshop 5  Snapshot of my Journey as a Drama Therapist

 7:30-9pm: Barrier Free Theatre presents Reunion: A Tale of Two Planets


SUNDAY April 17, 2016

 8:30-9 am: Arrival

 9-10:25 am: Workshop 1: E.C.H.O.E.S.: Every Creation Holds Our Extraordinary Stories 

 10:25-10:30 am: Break

 10:30-11:55 am: Workshop 2: Gender Policing and Its Societal Impact 

 11:55-12: Break

 12-1 pm: Workshop 3 Your Choice
 How to Develop and Implement an Inclusive Playback Troupe 
 Cooperative Play: Using Performance to Promote Communication in Children with ASD 

 1-1:15 pm: Closing With Alissa Duncan, Central Region Representative

Scholarship Information:

Beginning this year, the Central Region is offering four scholarships that will be utilized toward the conference fee.  The scholarships will be provided to: 

  • Student attendee
  • Non-student attendee
  • Student presenter
  • Professional presenter

    *If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please fill out the following form and submit it to Alissa at centralrep@nadta.org by April 1, 2016.  A selection committee will review the applications and will provide compensation for the attendee’s registration fee.

2016 Central Region Conference Scholarship Form

Venue Information:

There is no bus system in Manhattan; therefore, it is a good idea to pick a hotel close to campus or to connect with someone local that has a car and is okay with carpooling. There are taxi services.

To get to the conference: 
West Stadium is located close to the corner of Denison Ave. and Anderson Ave.
The fee parking garage is located at the corner of N. 17th St. and Anderson Ave.
The parking garage costs $1.50 per hour. Click here to check out an interactivehe KSU Google Map.
Please note, off street is also available south of campus, if you don’t mind a little walk.  However, please remember that it is Open House Weekend.


No meals are included again this year; however, Kansas State University is near Aggieville, a small business section which includes many great restaurants such as Rock-A-Belly Deli, Keltic Star, and Bluestem Bistro, among many others. Aggieville is a short 5-10 minute walk from the Purple Masque Theatre.


Since this is a smaller scale conference, we do not have a hotel room block. However, here are some suggestions of places to stay during the 2016 Central Region Conference:

  • Holiday Inn Manhattan At the Campus: Right across the street from campus
  • The Bluemont Hotel: Right across the street from campus (this one may be a little pricey)
  • Four Points by Sheraton: Will need transportation to get from hotel to campus

We would also like to see if Manhattan people would be willing to let people stay at their homes to help lower costs for attendees. Please email Alissa at centralrep@nadta.org if you are willing to have people stay with you (and how many you can accommodate) and if you are someone who would like to stay with local people.

Other options can be found under travel sites like Expedia, Travelocity, etc.

Finally, for those of you flying into Manhattan, the closest airport is the Manhattan Regional Airport which has daily flights to and from Dallas and Chicago. You may visit FlyMHK or Expedia to book a flight. International Airport is the second closest airport; however, it is approximately 2 hours away.


Related Information

Click Here for the Central Region Blog

 Conference Fees: 

       Students  -  $50
       Professionals  -  $60

Refunds: No refunds will be given after April 8, 2016. Refunds prior to April 8, 2016 will have a $15 fee deducted from the original registration amount paid.

2016 Central Region Conference Scholarship Form