Drama therapy overview
Drama Therapy is an active, experiential approach to facilitating change. Through storytelling, projective play, purposeful improvisation, and performance, participants are invited to rehearse desired behaviors, practice being in relationship, expand and find flexibility between life roles, and perform the change they wish to be and see in the world. ( North American Drama Therapy Association)
At the Applied Theatre Center we employ drama therapy among people who want to overcome obstacles to healthy living and improve their intrapersonal, interpersonal or transpersonal relationships.
Drama therapy programs
- Spectrum: theatre for young adults on the autism spectrum, an ongoing program of social skills, communication and emotional management training. Spectrum participants perform for the public twice each year. This program is also offered as an adjunct of the YMCA six-week Recreation Exercise Community Education Social Service (R.E.C.E.S.S.) program and for the Christie Rupert Delsini Autism Group meetings every month.
- We offer theatre at the Greenville County Disabilities and Special Needs Board through their 3 day program centers. Our drama therapy groups provide meaningful activities, group awareness and job skills role training for adults with a developmental, intellectual and physical disabilities.
- The Whitehorse Academy – this residential drug treatment program for adolescent boys develops socially-skilled, responsible young men who have a severe substance abuse disorder. It is a program under the Phoenix Center (Greenville County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse). Our weekly program engages the boys in drama therapy enactments which address past addictive behavior and role playing for future success.
- Narrative therapy through the Circles Support Groups at Triune Mercy Center. This innovative program offers individuals a year-long circle of supporters on the road to recovery. The ATC contributes drama therapy by assisting the participants in the writing and performing of their life stories.
- A weekly drama therapy group meets at the Greenville County Juvenile Detention Center, focused on learner-centered, physically active, intellectually stimulating, positive choices and group collaboration. Each session begins and ends with active theatre games with an element of mild competition. We also work with small groups and individuals who respond positively to the program, and who have longer terms of incarceration, to go more in depth by guiding written narratives and exploring past experiences through sociodrama.
- In 2015 the ATC will offer new drama therapy programs for women and children in residential and out-patient groups at several locations in the Upstate.