The Drama Therapy Fund

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: 


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:


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. How can you do this?

       * Click on the Donate button above the menu on the left-hand side to donate through PayPal

       * Send your donation by check to:
                 Drama Therapy Fund; 1626 Leavenworth Street; Manhattan, KS 66502

       *Buy Drama Therapy T-Shirts, Mugs, and other "Swag" by clicking the Shop for DT Items link on the
                 left menu and a 
portion of your purchase will be sent to The Drama Therapy Fund.

       *Buy DVDs of Past Conference Panels and Keynote Addresses by clicking the DVD Store link on the
                 left menu.

       *Sign up for AmazonSmile and a portion of your purchases will be donated to the Drama Therapy
                Fund. Click on the Sign up for AmazonSmile link on the menu to the left.

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.