We recently sat down with the amazing Bobbi Kidder to ask her a few questions about Drama Therapy.
Bobbi Kidder, MA, RDT/BCT has served on the Executive Committee of the National Association for Drama Therapy and currently serves on the board of the Drama Therapy Fund. She previously taught at Rogue Community College and served as Executive Director of Southern Oregon Impact Theatre. Bobbi teaches drama therapy courses at Antioch University Seattle. Bobbi has recently joined our faculty at NWCEAI and teaches in both our CEU program, as well as our Certificate Training Program.
NWCEAI: Bobbi, how would you encapsulate the benefits of Drama Therapy?
BK: Because Drama Therapy is an active, experiential approach, it is more engaging. Clients and participants in drama therapy exercises benefit form warm ups that establish trust and open into a world of opportunity to gain understanding of their many life roles. In all of its forms drama t provides insight and through play it offers a chance to apply that insight to behavior rehearsal.
NWCEAI: What are the benefits of using Drama Therapy with individuals?
BK: In one-on-one work Drama Therapy provides tools that bring issues to life. Many professionals combine those action methods with verbal therapies to access a wider range of images and affects. Story, projective play, and other therapy strategies can be pathways to symptom relief, personal integration and growth, within the context of individual therapy.
NWCEAI: Do you need to have any background in drama to learn drama therapy techniques?
BK: We don’t need a background in drama to benefit form Drama Therapy activities. We do need to access the spontaneous, playful aspects of our nature to experience the promise of “healing through action”.
NWCEAI: What does Drama Therapy mean to you, personally?
BK: In a circle of creative encounter where trust and acceptance are present, a new resilience begins to grow. People become stronger, hopeful, and more able to develop the strength to see new possibilities for themselves. It is a process of finding the new narratives. It is a life process.
NWCEAI: If someone wanted to know more about Drama Therapy, where would they start?
BK: If someone wanted find out more about Drama Therapy, they should attend a workshop and experience it. That is how an “ah-ha” moment dawns and the work gains its relevance for each person. Seattle is a great place to follow that curiosity.
NWCEAI: Do you have a favorite scene from a play or movie? Why?
BK: I have loved a quality of transformation and empowerment that I have seen in many of the contenders for awards this year. From Ladybird and that coming of age understanding to The Post, in which a more mature person gains the strength needed to be extraordinary, to The Darkest Hour where a world leader shifts paradigms to pursue solutions-as well as many more moments of strength, I have been inspired!