Basic Books on Drama Therapy

Emunah, R. (1994). Acting for real: Drama therapy: Process, technique, and performance. New York: Brunner/Mazel.

Emunah, R., & Johnson, D. R. (Eds.). (2010). Current approaches in drama therapy, (2nd. Ed.). Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas Publisher.

Grainger, R. (1990). Drama and healing: The roots of dramatherapy. London: Jessica Kingsley Publisher.

Jones, P. (2007). Drama as therapy: Theory, practice and research, (2nd Ed.). New York: Routledge.

Landy, R. (1994). Drama therapy: Concepts, theories, and practices (2nd ed.). Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas Publisher.

Landy, R. (1993). Personna and performance: The meaning of role in drama, therapy, and everyday life. New York: Guilford Press.

Schattner, G. & Courtney, R. (Eds.). (1981). Drama in therapy: Volume one: Children & Volume two: Adults. New York: Drama Book Specialists.

Sternberg, P. (1998). Theatre for conflict resolution in the classroom and beyond. Portsmouth, NJ: Heinemann.

Sternberg, P. & Garcia, A. (2000). Sociodrama: Who’s in your shoes? Westport, CT: Praeger.


Bailey, S. & Dickinson. P. (2016). The importance of safely deroling. Methods: A Journal of Acting Pedagogy, 2, p. 1-18.

Playback Theatre

Fox, J. (1986). Acts of service: Spontaneity, commitment, tradtion in the nonscripted theatre. New Paltz, NY: Tusitala Publishing.

Fox, J., & Dauber, H. (1999). Gathering voices: Essays on playback theatre. New Paltz, NY: Tusitala Publishing.

Salas, J. (1996). Improvising real life: Personal story in playback theatre. New Paltz, NY: Tusitala Publishing.


Blatner, A. (2000). Acting-in: Practical application of psychodramatic methods. New York: Springer.

Blatner, A. (2000). Foundations of psychodrama: History, theory, & practice, (4th Ed.). New York: Springer.

Fox, J. (ed.). (1987). The essential Moreno: Writings on psychodrama, group method, and spontaneity by J.L. Moreno, M.D. New York: Springer.

Leveton, E. (1992). A clinicians’ guide to psychodrama. (2nd ed.). New York: Springer.

Moreno, J.L. (1993). Who shall survive? Foundations of sociometry, group psychotherapy, and sociodrama. ASGPP.

Moreno, J. L. (1994). Psychodrama (4th ed.). Volumes I, II, III, ASGPP.


Kellerman, P. (2007). Sociodrama and collective trauma. Jessica Kingsley Publishers: London.

Leveton, E. (ed.) (2010). Healing collective trauma using sociodrama and drama therapy. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Sternberg, P. & Garcia, A. (2000). Sociodrama. Who’s in your shoes. (2nd Ed.). Westpoint, CT: Praeger Publishers.

Torrance, E.P., Murdock, & Fletcher, D. (1988). Sociodrama: Creative problem solving in action. Bearly Limited: Buffalo.

Wiener, R. (1997). Creative training: Sociodrama and team-building. Jessica Kingsley Publishers: London.

Forum Theatre/Theatre of the Oppressed

Boal, A. (1979). Theatre of the oppressed. New York: Theatre Communications Group.

Boal, A. (1992). Games for actors and non-actors. New York: Routledge.

Boal, A. (1995). The rainbow of desire: The Boal method of theatre and therapy. New York: Routledge.

Boal, A. (1999). Legislative theatre. New York: Routledge.

Boal, A. (2001). Hamlet and the baker’s son: My life in theatre and politics. New York: Routledge.
Boal, A. (2006). The aesthetics of the oppressed. New York: Routledge.

Schultzman, M. & Cohen-Cruz, J. (eds.). (1994). Playing Boal: Theatre, therapy and activism. New York: Routledge.

Drama/Theatre and Disability

Astell-Burt, C (2001). I am the story: The art of puppetry in education and therapy. London: Souvenir Press.

Bailey, S. (2017). Including Students with Disabilities in Theatre Education, In J. B. Crockett & S. M. Malley (Eds.) Handbook of Arts Education and Special Education, NY: Routledge.

Bailey, S. (2014). Exemplary theatre practices: Creating barrier-free theatre. In S. M. Malley (Ed.), 2013 VSA intersections: Arts and special education exemplary programs and approaches (pp. 25-45). Washington, DC: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Bailey, S.D. (2010). Barrier-free theatre. Eumenclaw, WA: Idyll Arbor.

Bailey, S.D. (2002). Dreams to sign. Bethesda, MD: Imagination Stage.

Barton Farcas, S. (2017). Disability and theatre: A practical manual for inclusion in the arts. NY: Focal Press.

Cattanach, A. (1992). Drama for people with special needs. New York: Drama Book Publishers.

Chasen, L. (2014). Engaging mirror neurons to inspire connection and social emotional development in children and teens on the autism spectrum: Theory into practice through drama therapy. London: Jessica Kingsley Publisher.

Chesner, A. (1995). Dramatherapy for people with learning disabilities: A world of difference. London: Jessica Kingsley Publisher.

Cohen, H. U. (1985). Conflicting values in creating theatre with the developmentally disabled: A study of Theatre Unlimited. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 12, 3-10.

Cohen, H. (1995). Dramatically Able. Ann Arbor, MI: White Swan Theatre. Comes with a video.

Conn, C. (2017). Using drama with children on the autism spectrum. London: Routledge.

Corbett, B.A., Gunther, J.R., Comins, D., Price, J. Ryan, N., Simon, D. Schupp, C.W., & Rios, T. (2011). Brief report: Theatre as therapy for children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 41: 505-511.

Corbett, B.A., Key, A.P., Qualls, L., Fecteau, S., Newsom, C., Coke, C., & Yoder, P. (2016). Improvement in social competence using a randomized trial of a theatre intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46, 658-672.

Corbett, B.A., Swain, D.M., Coke, C., Simon, D. Newsom, C., Houchins-Juarez, N., Jenson, A., Wang, L. & Song, Y. (2014). Improvement in social deficits in autism spectrum disorders using a theatre-based, peer-mediated intervention. Autism Research, 7: 4-16.

Crimmons, P. (2006). Drama therapy and storymaking in special education. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Davies, A. (2004). Teaching social skills through acting. Arlington, TX: Future Horizons, Inc. (Book and DVD).

Fox, A., & MacPherson, H. (2015). Inclusive arts practice and research: A manifesto. London: RoutledgeCohen, H. (1995).

Gallo-Lopez, L. (2012). From monologue to dialogue: The use of play and drama therapy for children with autism spectrum disorders. In L. Gallo-Lopez & L.C. Rubin (Eds.). Play- based interventions for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. New York: Routledge.

Galway, K.C. (2009). Drama therapy in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders: Enhancing social and relationship skills through a developmental paradigm. In S.L. Brooke (Ed.), The use of the creative therapies with autism spectrum disorders (pp.351-370). Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas Publisher.

Guli, L. A., Semrud-Clikeman, M., Lerner, M. D., & Britton, N. (2013). Social Competence Intervention Program (SCIP): A pilot study of a creative drama program for youth with social difficulties. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 40, 37-44.

Guli, L. A., Wilkinson, A. D., & Semrud-Clikeman, M. (2008). Social competence intervention program A drama-based intervention for youth on the autism spectrum. Champaign, IL: Research Press.

Hunter, K. (2015). Shakespeare’s heartbeat: Drama games for children with autism, London: Routledge.

Kempe, A. (2014). Developing social skills in autistic children through “Relaxed Performances.”Support for Learning 29(3), pp. 261-274. DOI: 10.1111/1467-9604.12062

Kim, A., Stembridge, S., Lawrence, C., Torres, V., Miograg, N, Lee, J.W., & Boyns, D. (2015). Neurodiversity on the stage: The effects of inclusive theatre on youth with autism. International Journal of Education and Social Science 2(9), 27-39.

LaPage, P., & Courey, S. (2011). Filmmaking: A video-based intervention for developing social skills in children with autism spectrum disorder. International Journal of Teaching and Learning 1(2), 88-103.

Lerner, M.D. & Levine, K. (2007). The Spotlight Program: An integrative approach to teaching social pragmatics using dramatic principles and techniques. Journal of Developmental Processes, 2(2), 91-102.

Lerner, M.D. & Mikami, A.Y. (2012). A preliminary randomized controlled trial of two social skills interventions for youth with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 27(3), 147-157.

Lerner, M.D., Mikami, A.Y., & Levine, K. (2011). Socio-Dramatic Affective-Relational Intervention for adolescents with Asperger syndrome & high functioning autism: Pilot study. Autism, 15(1), 21-42.

Martinovich. J. (2006). Creative expressive activities and Asperger’s syndrome. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

McAfee, J. (2002). Navigating the social world: A curriculum for individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome, high functioning autism, and related disorders, Arlington, TX: Future Horizons, Inc.

Mehling, M. H., Tasse, M. J., & Root, R. (2016). Shakespeare and autism: An exploratory evaluation of the Hunter Heartbeat Method. Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities [Advance Online Publication]. DOI: 10.1080/23297018.2016.1207202.

Muller, E., Nutting, D., Keddell, K. (2017). Understanding ArtAbility: Using qualitative methods to assess the impact of a multi-genre arts education program on middle-school students with autism and their neurotypical teen mentors. Youth Theatre Journal 31(1), p.48-74.

Nevil, N.F., Beatty, M. L., & Moxley, D. P. (2010). Socialization games for persons with disabilities. Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas Publisher.

Nowinski, D.E. (2015). Your role in inclusion theatre: The guide to integrating actors with disabilities and nondisabled in your theatre and classes. CreateSpace Independence Publishing Platform.

Powers-Tricomi, L., & Gallo-Lopez, L. (2012). The ACT project: Enhancing social competence through drama therapy and performance. In L. Gallo-Lopez & L.C. Rubin (Eds.). Play-based interventions for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. New York: Routledge.

Schneider, C. B. (2007). Acting antics: A theatrical approach to teaching social understanding to kids and teens with Asperger Syndrome. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Scheratt, D., & Peter, M. (2001). Developing play and drama in children with autism spectrum disorders. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Smagorinsky, P. (ed.). (2016). Creativity and community among autism-spectrum youth: Creating positive social updrafts through play and performance. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Smith, M. J., (2002). Teaching playskills to children with autism spectrum disorder, NY: DRL Books, Inc.

Stefonex, J. (2016). Act it out: One year of social skills lessons for students grades 7-12. Lenexa, KS: AAPC Publishing.

Warger, C. L. (1984). Creative drama for autistic adolescents: Expanding leisure and recreational options. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, 1(1), 15- 19.

Wolf, A. (2005). Acting for kids on the autistic spectrum, NY: iUniverse.

Zuver, D.J. (2007). Acting for advocacy. In A. Blatner & D.J. Wiener (Eds.), Interactive and improvisational drama: Varieties of applied theatre and performance (pp. 230-239). New York: iUniverse, Inc.

Drama Exercises for Groups

Boal A. (1992). Games for actors and non-actors. New York, NY: Routledge Publishing.

Dezseran, Louis John. (1975). The student actor’s handbook: Theatre games and exercises. Palo Alto, CA: Mayfield Publishing Company.

Fox, H. (2010). Zoomy zoomy: Improv games and exercises for groups. New York, NY: Tusitala Publishing.

Johnstone, Keith. (1981). Impro: Improvisation and the theatre. Routledge, NY: Faber and Faber Publishing.

King, Nancy. (1975). Giving form to feeling. New York, NY: Drama Book Specialists.

McCaslin, Nellie. (1996). Creative drama in the classroom and beyond. (6th Ed.) White Plains, NY: Longman Publishing.

Spolin, Viola. (1963). Improvisation for the theater. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press.

Spolin, Viola. (1986). Theater games for the classroom: A teacher’s handbook. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press.

Special Populations

Crimmins, P. (1997). Storymaking and creative group work with older people. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Gersie, A. (1992). Storymaking in bereavement: Dragons in flight in the meadow. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Weisberg, N. & Wilder, R. (Eds.). (1988). Creative arts with older adults: A sourcebook. New York, NY: Human Sciences Press.

Wilder, R. (1996). Life drama with youth and elders: Come, step into my life. Charlottesville, VA: New Plays, Inc.


Pitzele, P. (1998). Scripture windows: Toward a practice of bibliodrama. Los Angeles, CA: Torah Aura Productions.

Additional Resources

North American Drama Therapy Association Resources. These resources provide a list of books, articles and film/video about drama therapy and areas of interest within the professional field.

The Arts in Psychotherapy. This is a peer-reviewed journal published five times per year on all the creative arts therapies.

Note: Select resources above are provided by Drama Therapy Central and North American Drama Therapy Association.