Recommended Resources for Playwriting

Bailey, Sally (2010). Chapter 9: Developing Original Scripts for Performance in Barrier-Free Theatre. Eumenclaw, WA: Idyll Arbor, Inc., pp.291-334.

Bailey, Sally; Duncan, Allissa; & Johannes, Elaine (2008). Giving Voice to the Experiences of Military-Connected Youth: SOMK-IT Workbook for Leaders and Speak Out for Military Kids Interactive Theatre Project Handbook for Troupe Members. Available for free from Elaine Johannes, KSU Research and Extension, Operation Military Kids – Kansas.  email or call 785-532-7720.

Ball, David (1983). Forwards and Backwards. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois Press.

Clifford, S., & Herrman, A. (1999). Making a leap: Theatre of empowerment: A practical handbook for creative drama work with young people. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Downs, William Missouri & Wright, Lou Ann (1998). Playwriting: Formula to Form. Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace College Publishers.

Mandel, J., & Wolf, J. L. (2003).  Acting, learning, and change: Creating original plays with adolescents. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Weigler, Will (2001). Strategies for Playbuilding.  Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

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.

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 Therapy Review. Peer-reviewed journal published twice a year by the North American Drama Therapy Association. Free online access with membership.

The Arts in Psychotherapy. Peer-reviewed journal published five times per year on all the creative arts therapies. Elsevier Science, Inc.

The International Journal of Action Methods. (formerly the Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama & Sociometry). Heldref Publications.

North American Drama Therapy Association.