Drama Therapy Review (Journal)

ISSN 20547668 , ONLINE ISSN 20547676

Drama Therapy Review (DTR) is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal committed to documenting and disseminating drama therapy research, promoting scholarship about drama therapy theory and practice, encouraging interdisciplinary dialogue and providing a forum for lively debate in the field. DTR is the journal of the North American Drama Therapy Association.



Principal Editor

Nisha Sajnani
New York University, USA
dtr@intellectbooks.com

Assistant Editor

Christine Mayor
Lesley University, USA and Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
dtr@intellectbooks.com

Managing Editor

Angelle Cook
Lesley University, USA

Reviews Editor

Opher Shamir
Independent Scholar

Social Media and Communications

Hannah Reclam

Drama Therapy Review is published in partnership with the North American Drama Therapy Association. Drama Therapy Review (DTR) documents and disseminates research on the relationship between drama, theatre and wellness. The aim of this journal is to encourage scholarship about drama therapy theory and practice, facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue and provide a forum for lively debate in the field. DTR profiles and critically reflects upon current and emerging practices involving the therapeutic uses of improvisation, playwriting, directing and performance in health, educational, community, organizational and theatre contexts. 

The primary audience consists of practitioners, educators and scholars of drama therapy, health practitioners and policy makers, theatre makers, applied theatre and allied arts practitioners, and cultural workers interested in the health benefits and risks associated with drama and performance. Contributors include eminent theorists, educators and practitioners in the field but the journal also features innovative work from lesser-known authors. 

The editorial board assesses articles for the quality of scholarly and critical content. The principal language is English; however, the journal will consider articles in other languages for which reviewers can be accessed, with abstracts in English. Abstracts will be translated into French and Spanish where possible. Editorial assistance may be given to those whose work is worthy of inclusion, but for whom the language of the article is not their first, or for whom the written word is not their forte. There is an explicit policy of making the articles stylistically accessible and readable to the range of readership.  


Principal Editor

Nisha Sajnani
New York University, USA
dtr@intellectbooks.com

Assistant Editor

Christine Mayor
Lesley University, USA and Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
dtr@intellectbooks.com

Managing Editor

Angelle Cook
Lesley University, USA

Reviews Editor

Opher Shamir
Independent Scholar

Social Media and Communications

Hannah Reclam

Principal Editor

Nisha Sajnani
New York University, USA
dtr@intellectbooks.com

Assistant Editor

Christine Mayor
Lesley University, USA and Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
dtr@intellectbooks.com

Managing Editor

Angelle Cook
Lesley University, USA

Reviews Editor

Opher Shamir
Independent Scholar

Social Media and Communications

Hannah Reclam

Principal Editor

Nisha Sajnani
New York University, USA
dtr@intellectbooks.com

Assistant Editor

Christine Mayor
Lesley University, USA and Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
dtr@intellectbooks.com

Managing Editor

Angelle Cook
Lesley University, USA

Reviews Editor

Opher Shamir
Independent Scholar

Social Media and Communications

Hannah Reclam

Notes for Contributors Download

Special Issue: ‘Drama Therapy with Incarcerated, Criminalized, and Justice-Impacted Populations’ Download

Submission deadline: 1 August 2021


Special Issue: ‘Breathing Beyond Borders: Racial Justice and Decolonial Healing Practices’ Download

Submission deadline: 1 August 2022



General issues

The submission deadline for our general issue is 1 February every year. DTR welcomes contributions from a wide range of scholarly work including, but not limited to:

  • Scholarly articles – quantitative, qualitative, arts-based, and mix-methods research as well as critical and conceptual essays
  • Interviews
  • Clinical commentaries
  • Performance and book reviews
  • Artistic content – photo essays, performance texts, digital art, and recordings of performances with corresponding analysis
  • Supplementary digital content – web-based projects, computer graphics, animations, visualizations, games, archives, lexicons, annotations, supplemental video, audio and images.

To submit work for consideration please download our submission guidelines and email dtr@intellectbooks.com. Journal contributors will receive a free PDF copy of their final work upon publication. Print copies of the journal may also be purchased by contributors at half price.

 

Upcoming Special Issues

Issue 8.1: ‘Drama Therapy with Incarcerated, Criminalized, and Justice-Impacted Populations’

Submission deadline: 1 August 2021

Guest editors: 

Kamran Afary, Ph.D./RDT, California State University, USA

Elizabeth Malone Alteet, MFA/RDT, Santiago Canyon College inmate education instructor, USA

This special issue of Drama Therapy Review is dedicated to research on the impact of drama therapy with incarcerated, criminalized, and justice-impacted populations in prisons, detention camps and holding facilities, and other carceral systems including, but not limited to, mandated mental health facilities, parole and probation, court diversion programs, juvenile prevention programs, community based alternatives to incarceration, group homes, community service, and restitution sentences. How might drama therapy be useful to those impacted by incarceration and nurturing a critical approach to rehabilitation that remains cognizant of intersectional identities, resilience, and the need to dismantle oppressive norms of incarceration? 

Drama therapy has a long history of serving incarcerated populations toward processing trauma, promoting self definition to counter the silencing and erasure of intersectional identities, reducing stigma, and facilitating transition. Contributors are encouraged to present evidence about the role drama therapy plays, particularly in transforming lives and environments, improving health and quality of life, and helping build deeper, more connected communication outside the carceral setting. Given that Black and Indigenous leaders have long called for the need to defund the police and abolish prisons, what role, if any, does drama therapy have to play in this critical social justice issue?

We seek original research, conceptual articles, interviews, and clinical commentaries by and about incarcerated participants on how practitioners and participants in carceral settings have addressed the following: Addressing toxic masculinity and/or racial animosity; Building practical and relational skills for returning to the outside world; Facing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic; The impact of incarceration on family members; Helping those forcibly involved with carceral systems to resist and survive within them; The rise of the abolition movement to end systemic racism that gave rise to mass incarceration of Black and other racial and ethnic groups; Consciousness raising and resisting systems of oppression resulting in incarceration, including but not limited to colonization, racism, sexism, heterosexism, cisgenderism, sanism, ableism, anti-Muslim hate, anti-immigrant and refugee hate, capitalism, etc.; Considering the relationship of drama therapy to transformative and/or restorative justice; Juvenile justice systems and the impact of incarceration on children and youth; Reviews of current performances within and/or connected to carceral settings; Scholarship informed by and for current literature on incarceration that investigates and explores forms of rehabilitation, healing, empowerment, and/or resistance inside carceral settings, builds consciousness of oppressive gender and racial norms, and offers critical perspective on internalized oppression and the mass incarceration system.

 

Issue 9.1: ‘Breathing beyond borders: Racial justice and decolonial healing practices’

Submission deadline: 1 August 2022

Guest Editors:

Britton Williams, M.A., LCAT, RDT, New York University,  USA 

Refiloe Lepere, PhD., Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa

This special issue is presented in partnership with Dramatherapy, the official journal of the British Association of Dramatherapists. It is our hope that this first transatlantic collaboration between our journals communicates our commitment to advancing racial justice in our field and in the contexts in which we live and work. Contributors may choose to submit to either journal. 

What do you believe in that keeps you breathing? “I can’t breathe!” is an indictment of longstanding cultural ruptures, racial fault lines and a clarion call. The unrest across the world today is the result of unaddressed and unresolved histories of racialized oppression manifest in the present. Racism is a global public health crisis that is lethal to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Both the Covid-19 pandemic and the ongoing killings of Black people at the hands of police have amplified the ways that systems and institutions disadvantage people of color, and especially Black people.

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Elijah McClain (the murders are so numerous that neither the mind nor the page can hold them all...). The uprisings against police brutality across the world after George Floyd’s death evoke Frantz Fanon’s concept of ‘combat breathing’ where breath is a tool of resistance. Combat breathing reveals historical and contemporary complexities for conscientization and critiquing social disparities. Multiple losses shape colonised breathing and often leave us breathless. While the manifestation of these traumas may present differently across the global south and global north, they are interconnected.

This special issue asks us to consult our healing histories, imaginaries, theories, and artistic practices in order to interrogate how cycles of inequalities are reproduced or radically ruptured. How are you, as a BIPOC drama therapist, breathing? How do you resist, disrupt, interrupt the multiple and compounding forces that systematically seek to render you, or those you work with, breathless? What or who encourages you? What ancestral, familial, and ritual practices do you draw to sustain your land, body, and relationships? The drama therapy field is not exempt from participation in anti-Black racism, racial oppression, or carceral logic. What does it mean to be a BIPOC clinician in a predominantly white field? Where does joy live and what critical role(s) does it play in BIPOC existence? This call intentionally and unapologetically seeks the voices, experience, knowledge, and wisdom of drama therapists who identify as BIPOC. 

We seek rigorous accounts of socially engaged transdisciplinary art and healing practices grounded in BIPOC perspectives, drama therapy, aesthetics, theories, and frameworks. Research and conceptual articles, poetry, prose, interviews, commentaries, and artworks (e.g photo essays), can cover topics such as BIPOC mental health; health migration; social justice; art activism; counter-narratives; spatial justice; gender and reproductive rights, and  other critical areas. We hope practitioners’ narratives will establish an immersive, grounded, and much needed critical framing of decolonised healing practices for new practitioners and transnational peers. 

Principal Editor

Nisha Sajnani
New York University, USA
dtr@intellectbooks.com

Assistant Editor

Christine Mayor
Lesley University, USA and Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
dtr@intellectbooks.com

Managing Editor

Angelle Cook
Lesley University, USA

Reviews Editor

Opher Shamir
Independent Scholar

Social Media and Communications

Hannah Reclam

Editorial & Advisory Board

Daniela Bustamente
Services for the Underserved, USA

Ronald R. Miller
McDaniel College, USA

Susana Pendzik
Tel-Hai Academic College

Daniel Wiener
Central Connecticut State University, USA

Gary Raucher
California Institute of Integral Studies, USA

Jason S. Frydman
Lesley University, USA

David Read Johnson
Yale University, USA

Renée Emunah
California Institute of Integral Studies, USA

Robert Landy
New York University, USA

Stephen Snow
Concordia University, Canada

Anna Seymour
University of Roehampton, UK

Robyn Flaum Cruz
Lesley University, USA

Warren Nebe
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Phil Jones
University College London, UK

Sandrine Pitarque
Université Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle, France

Akeyo Onoe
Ritsumeikan University, Japan

Marc Willemsen
HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht

Fadi Skeiker
The University of the Arts, Philadelphia

Jaap Welten
Zuyd University, the Netherlands

Adam Reynolds
City University of New York, USA

Calli Armstrong
Concordia University, Canada

Kathleen Olivier
Association Nationale de Dramathérapie, France

Mathieu Van Der Straeten
Artevelde University College Ghent, Belgium

Elizabeth McAdam
New York University, USA

Rinat Feniger-Schaal
University of Haifa

Meredith Dean
The Animation Project, USA

Fred Landers
Antioch University Seattle

Ravindra Ranasinha
Research Centre of Dramatherapy, Sri Lanka

Hod Orkibi
Haifa University, Israel

Britton M. Williams
New York University, USA

Principal Editor

Nisha Sajnani
New York University, USA
dtr@intellectbooks.com

Assistant Editor

Christine Mayor
Lesley University, USA and Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
dtr@intellectbooks.com

Managing Editor

Angelle Cook
Lesley University, USA

Reviews Editor

Opher Shamir
Independent Scholar

Social Media and Communications

Hannah Reclam

 
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  • Volume (1): Issue (2)
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Principal Editor

Nisha Sajnani
New York University, USA
dtr@intellectbooks.com

Assistant Editor

Christine Mayor
Lesley University, USA and Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
dtr@intellectbooks.com

Managing Editor

Angelle Cook
Lesley University, USA

Reviews Editor

Opher Shamir
Independent Scholar

Social Media and Communications

Hannah Reclam

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