Drama Therapy is the intentional use of drama processes and/or theatre productions to achieve therapeutic goals. Drama therapists use improvisation, theatre games, role play, storytelling, puppetry, masks, psychodrama, sociodrama, performance and many other active, embodied, experiential techniques to access and address clients’ needs and therapeutic goals. Drama Therapy is used for prevention, intervention and treatment in a wide variety of settings. Most Drama Therapists work with groups, but some also work with families, couples, and individuals.
The North American Drama Therapy Association, created in 1979, is the professional organization for drama therapists in the U.S. and Canada. NADTA also has many international members. For more information on NADTA, visit their website at: www.nadta.org
The British Association for Drama Therapy, created in 1976, is the professional organization for drama therapists in the U.K. For more information on BADth, visit their website at: www.badth.org.uk
The Drama Therapy Fund was organized in 2003 and received IRS approval as a not-for-profit charitable organization in 2004 to support the development and growth of drama therapy.
Priorities of the Drama Therapy Fund include:
Raising awareness of the value and uses of drama thearpy with the public and with mental health, medical, and education professionals.
Promoting research on the efficacy of Drama Therapy as a therapeutic modality.
Promoting educational and professional development opportunties for students of Drama Therapy and for practicing professionals.
Sponsoring meetings, conferences, seminars, and publications in the area of Drama Therapy.
Please visit pages found under the Grants + Awards menu detailing various funding opportunities available this fiscal year:
Scholarships to this year's North American Drama Therapy Association Conference
Employment Enhancement Grant
Thesis/Dissertation Award for Empirical Research
Thesis/Dissertation Award for Theoretical Research
Graduate/Post Graduate Research Grant
Research Grant for Drama Therapy Professionals
Consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Fund to help support our funding projects and further our work. Click on the Donate button above the menu on the left-hand side.
The Drama Therapy Fund is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization incorporated in the State of Kansas in 2003. Fiscal year runs from January 1 to December 31. Donations made to The Drama Therapy Fund are tax deductible according to law.