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Sally Bailey, MFA, MSW, RDT/BCT is associate professor of theatre at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas where she directs the drama therapy program and graduate studies in theatre. She is past president of the National Association for Drama Therapy and current treasurer of The Drama Therapy Fund. She is also the author of "Wings to Fly: Bringing Theatre Arts to Students with Special Needs” and "Dreams to Sign." email to: , websites: ,
Clark Baim
Clark Baim, M.Ed., Dip. Psychodrama Psychotherapy (UKCP), is an independent psychodramatist, trainer and theatre director / teacher. He was the founder and first Director of Geese Theatre UK, which focuses on work with offenders.He is a trainer for the UK Probation Service and continues to specialize in working with offenders. email:
Adam Blatner
Adam Blatner, M.D., is doubly Board Certified in Adult and also Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, a Certified Trainer, Educator, & Practitioner of Psychodrama, and the author of several major books and many chapters and articles about psychodrama and related subjects. Retired from practice and living in Georgetown, Texas, he continues to write and teach and seeks to promote mental hygiene and psychological literacy. Email:    website:

Staci Block 

Staci Block, MSW, LCSW, is Director of the Reflections program and also of Creative Interventions in Hackensack, NJ. She is an Adjunct Professor at William Paterson University and an instructor for the Arts in Prevention Certificate Program through Rutgers University School of Social Work Continuing Education and Professional Development Program. Her expertise involves using action methods in team building, developing peer leaders, addressing adolescent substance abuse and creating interactive training for staff development.

Kim Burden
Kim Burden, MA, LCMHC, ADTR, RDT/BCT, CP, Certified Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering™, is an adjunct faculty member at Antioch University New England. She has extensive experience as a performer, choreographer and director and worked for ten years with ActingOut, a youth theatre drama therapy program in Keene, New Hampshire. She has presented extensively at psychodrama, drama therapy, and dance-movement therapy conferences and maintains a private psychotherapy and healing arts practice in Keene, NH
Mecca Burns

Mecca Burns, M.A., RDT, is a Registered Drama Therapist and Board-Certified Trainer in Charlottesville, Virginia. After years of working in inpatient settings, she began to apply theatre to social issues. She currently co-directs PRESENCE Center for Applied Theatre Arts, has a private drama therapy practice serving children with developmental issues, and is project director for the Charlottesville Living History Initiative.

Linda Condon
Linda Condon, LMHC, PAT, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Psychodramatist with a private practice in Largo, FL. She has a special interest in integrating mental health and spiritual growth. She conducts psychodrama trainings and workshops, directs retreat experiences and is the author of The Warm-up Ring: Keys for Energizing Your Group.
Mario Cossa

Mario Cossa, MA, RDT/MT, TEP is a psychodramatist and drama therapist and the founder of the ACTINGOUT teen program in New Hampshire. He's the main author of ACTINGOUT: The Workbook, as well as contributing chapters to several recent books on psychodrama. Mariohas worked professionally in theatre and as a theatre educator with children and adolescents, and has been an adjunct faculty member at Antioch/New England Graduate School.

Anne Curtis
Anne M. Curtis, MA, RDT, CTSS is a Drama Therapist, Actress and Theatre Instructor, active in mystery theatre for many years. She specializes in trauma work using improvisational theatre and humor to assist people of all ages in healthcare settings. Author of Circles of Life: A Creative Curriculum for Healing Traumatized Children, Anne presents professional workshops on "Trauma Drama" for community agencies, conferences and universities.
Bennie DeKoven

Bernie DeKoven, M.A., is an educator, drama therapist, and the author of The Well-Played Game, Junkyard Sports, and many articles about the connections betweens games and fun. He promotes the use of more constructive recreation, lectures and travels widely. He has taught his "Deep Fun" approach at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. http://deepfun.comhttp://majorfun.com

Allison Downey
Allison Downey, M.F.A., is an Assistant Professor of Creative Arts Education, and former Director of Theatre Education at Western Michigan University. She is the co-founder of Theatre Action Project in Austin, Texas’ only TIE company. Allison earned her MFA in Creative Drama and Theatre for Youth from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a professional performing songwriter and storyteller as well.
Kim Flintoff

Kim Flintoff teaches Contemporary Performance at Edith Cowan University and is preparing for a PhD. at Queensland University of Technology, writing a thesis titled "Drama Teacher as Game Master: developing digital games-based process drama as performance." He is also the co-chair of the International Drama in Education Special Interest Group. (His paper, co-written with Toni Sant, on drama on the internet is posted on this website, not in the book.)

Hannah Fox

Hannah Fox, MA, is Assistant Professor of Dance and Theatre, Manhattanville College, and the artistic director of Big Apple Playback Theatre. She is a lead trainer with the International School of Playback Theatre. Hannah also devises original theatre with teenagers, most recently at the 92nd Street Y (an Eve Ensler project.) She is the daughter of the founders of Playback Theatre.

Joel Gluck

Joel Gluck, MEd., RDT, is a drama therapist and creator of Insight Improvisation. As Senior Affiliate with The Ariel Group, he has offered theatre-based leadership training through Harvard Executive Education and major organizations internationally since 1994. Joel uses his background in theatre, meditation, and education in Insight Improvisation workshops, international volunteer work, drama therapy training programs, and private practice.

Muriel Gold
Muriel Gold, Ph.D., is former Artistic Director of the Saidye Bronfman Centre Theatre in Montreal, Quebec and has taught at McGill University, Concordia University and Dawson College. She has written three books about the Fictional Family technique.
Mary Grigsby, MEd, LPC, (who is co-authoring chapter on "learning to parent apart" program with Deb Zuver) is licensed as a professional counselor in North Carolina and nationally certified as a group psychotherapist. She has provided counseling and training since 1983 and works extensively with families, couples, individuals, and groups through her private practice in Durham, North Carolina. Drawing on her experience as an educator, Ms. Grigsby incorporates active learning in her therapy practice and training programs, which she develops for professional and non-professional audiences.
Gordon Hensley, BS, MFA, is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, and is a member of AATE. The founder of, he has acted and directed many places across the country, as well as presented at multiple national conferences.
Catherine Hughes

Catherine Hughes wrote Museum Theatre: Communicating with Visitors through Drama (1998). For many years, she coordinated the Theatre Program at the Museum of Science, Boston, and was the founding executive director of the International Museum Theatre Alliance. She is finishing a Ph.D. in education at Ohio State University's School of Teaching and Learning. Her research focuses on how performance affects memory and learning.

Daniel A. Kelin, II, MFA, is Director of Drama Education for Honolulu Theatre for Youth and Director of Theatre Training for an American Samoa company. He authored To Feel as our Ancestors Did, a book on oral history with young people. In 2006 he received a fellowship from the International Children's Theatre Association supporting work in India. He is working on a book on Drama with English Language Learners.

Ronald Miller, Ph.D is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts at McDaniel College, where he directs the focus area in interactive theatre within the Theatre Arts major. He teaches courses in interactive and therapeutic theatre, in acting, and in performance theory. He is the director of McDaniel Playback, an undergraduate playback theatre company. He also leads workshops in sociometry for staff development, and in using drama to work with interpersonal conflict.

Abigail Leeder
Abigail Leeder, MA, is the advisor of the Sexual Wellness Advocacy Team, a peer education group that uses theater to engage students about healthy sexual relationships at the University of Oregon. She was formerly a Primary Counselor at Project Pride in Oakland, California and graduated from the Counseling Psychology/ Drama Therapy program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is a founding member of the Emerald Valley PlaybackTheater troupe in Eugene, Oregon.
Doyle Ott, M.A., is the artistic director of Splash Circus Theatre in Emeryville, California. A clown and arts educator, he has performed and taught with numerous circuses and theatre companies. He trained at the Dell'Arte School and the San Francisco Clown Conservatory, and has his Master's degree in Creative Arts Education from San Francisco State University. Doyle is also a Ph.D. candidate in Theatre for Youth at Arizona State University.
Jade Raybin, M.A. in Women’s Spirituality, MFA in Theater, has studied and facilitated transformational theater with youth and adults throughout since 2002. Jade has acted as an educational theater consultant for Planned Parenthood Golden Gate, University of Oregon, New Conservatory Theater Center, and Revelation Law Firm. Currently, Jade is a faculty member at New College of California where she teaches courses on theater arts and adolescent rites of passage.
Ted Rubenstein

Ted Rubenstein, MFA, MA, RDT, Psy. D. Candidate Vice President Expressive Arts Therapy Music Institute of Chicago Clinical Director Institute for Therapy through the Arts in Chicago; writing about applications of role playing in business.

Sheila Rubin

Sheila Rubin, MA, LMFT, RDT/BCT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in San Francisco. She is an adjunct professor and graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) Drama Therapy Program, and offers Life Stories Self-Revelatory Performance workshops and alternative track drama therapy training in her Berkeley studio. She directed The Heart-to-Heart Intergenerational theater troupe.

Toni Sant, Ph.D., is at the University of Hull (United Kingdom). Previously lectured on performance and new media at New York University. Dr. Sant is the founder and artistic director for the MaltaMedia Online Network, executive editor for the Applied and Interactive Theatre Guide, has had various papers published internationally in professional journals and books, and is a multimedia artist and performance scholar. (His papers on the Applied and Interactive Theatre Guide and another one about drama on the internet is on this website but not in the hard copy of the book.)
Thomas Stallone

Thomas M. Stallone, Psy.D., is a psychologist and director of the Attention Disorders Clinic of Vancouver, Washington. He has authored several clinical articles and has an avocational interest in psychodrama, adult and children's theatre, Celtic and medieval cultures. He has taught children's theatre, performed in Off-Broadway plays and has played numerous roles as part of his involvement with medieval re-creation groups.

John Sullivan, M.A. is a drama therapist on the faculty of the University of Texas Medical Branch, affiliated with the Sealy Center for Environmental Health & Medicine, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the Department of Preventive Medicine & Community Health. This role involves many outreach programs in environmental toxicology, risk communication, medical ethics, ecology, and other socially relevant issues. He has an extensive background in this work.

Armand Volkas

Armand Volkas, MFA, MA, MFT, RDT/BCT, Associate Professor in the Drama Therapy Program of California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, Clinical Director of The Living Arts Counseling Center and Director of The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble in Oakland California, conducts a private practice in psychotherapy, and travels widely fostering workshops that address inter-cultural and international tensions through his Healing the Wounds of History program.

Gustave J. Weltsek-Medina, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Cayey, in the Departmento De Ingles. His research explores the way words are used in cultures, challenges subtle  assumptions embedded in dominant ways of talking and writing, and weaves in feminism, aspects of postmodernism, and considers how drama and other performance activities deal with them. His activist work includes La Obra Del Curaje in Indianapolis.
Daniel J. Wiener, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Family therapy at Central Connecticut State University. In addition to authoring the book, Rehearsals for Growth, he is also the editor of two recently published anthologies about the creative arts therapies. A registered drama therapist and Fellow of the American Society for Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama, he has written and presented extensively on the therapeutic application of dramatic methods. website: , email: 
Rosilyn Wilder

Rosilyn Wilder, Ed.D., RDT/BCT, died in early 2006. She was the author of several books on using drama with elders, creative drama, and intergenerational theatre. Holding a doctorate Gerontology and Creative Arts, she had over 25 years experience as professional actress/director, and applied drama in many other settings, in addition to being on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Drama Therapy.

David Young

David L. Young, Ph.D., is the Organizing Chair of the 2007 conference of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) and the editor of their Stage of the Art (SOTA) journal. He has published numerous articles on drama education theory and is a playwright and theatre director. He teaches drama at the Blacklock Fine Arts Elementary School in Langley, a suburb of Vancouver, BC (Canada)

Deborah Zuver, MA, LMFT, RDT / BCT, is coordinator for Project STIR (Steps Toward Independence and Responsibility) at the University of North Carolina Center for Development and Learning in Chapel Hill. Ms Zuver has developed a range of projects that address clinical issues and use enactment as a training tool with all ages and ability levels. Email: