Skip to content

Foundation Course in Dramatherapy 2021 - On Campus

Course Outline Experiential Workshops These workshops will form the main framework of the course and will be facilitated by experienced registered Dramatherapy practitioners. They will focus on aspects of Dramatherapy, Ritual Theatre and Applied Theatre techniques.

Whilst it is stressed that the main emphasis of the experiential workshops is educational and not therapeutic, participants should be prepared to work with the tensions between their personal and professional learning.

Seminars and Lectures Throughout the workshop structure, key theoretical and practise-based themes will be explored through peer discussion, as well as some formal tutor-led presentations.

Assessment Participants are invited to keep a reflective log of their experiences while on the course which constitutes a record of their personal psychological journey (including images, stories and poems). As such, the log itself will be a highly personal manuscript and will not be assessed. Participants will also be required to participate in a performance process towards the end of the course, which will be assessed by the course tutor and reflective feedback offered.

You will need to complete a minimum of 80% of the course and the assessment process in order to receieve an electronic attendance certificate.

Please note that completion of the Dramatherapy Foundation course not guarantee a place on the MA Dramatherapy programme at Roehampton University.

A programme of experiential workshops led by the course facilitators and seminars given by visiting Dramatherapists from a wide range of fields.

One full-day Induction (Saturday) and introductory workshop to begin the course to be held in October 2021 with weekly evening classes to follow; finishing with a full Plenary Day to close in March 2022.

Suggested Reading List The suggested reading list is available here.

Course timetable and dates This timetable is provisional - dates and times may be subject to change.  



23 October 1000 - 1630 Introductions and overview of the course. A day to establish the group, and to begin exploring key dramatherapy elements of play, rituals of transformation, embodied expression, and story
27 October 1900 - 2100 Working with stories
3 November 1900 - 2100 Story-making
10 November 1900 - 2100 Archetypes within stories
17 November 1900 - 2100 Embodiment & Enactment of stories
24 November 1900 - 2100 Use of metaphor & Symbol
1 December 1900 - 2100 Case Vignette of story work
8 December 1900 - 2100 Improvisationand use of Applied Theatre techniques
15 December  1900 - 2100 Peter Brooks 'The Empty Space':Play & spontaneity, and preparing the space
12 January 1900 - 2100 Winnicott's 'Playing and Reality', and transitional phenomena
19 January 1900 - 2100 Developmental play
26 January 1900 - 2100 Probs and puppets
2 February 1900 - 2100


9 February 1900 - 2100 Therapeutic Theatre
16 February 1900 - 2100 Collaborative process
23 February 1900 - 2100 Clinical Settings and client groups
2 March 1900 - 2100 Devising a Therapeutic Theatre performance
9 March 1900 - 2100 Facilitation skills
16 March 1900 - 2100 Designing and developing a workshop
19 March 1000 - 1630 Therapeutic Theater Performances. Feedback and Reflections