chapter  6
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Psychodrama

ByTrudy K. Duffy

Psychodrama is a type of therapeutic theater developed by J. L. Moreno. It is collaborative, improvisational theater with great adaptability to treatment, education, and community settings. Moreno (1943, 1985) described its milieu “as broad as the wings of imagination can make it, yet inclusive of every particle of our real worlds” (p. 328). In psychodrama, people bring their life experiences to the stage. They do not simply talk about their concerns; they act out the situations and relationships that give rise to such concerns. They gain insight from the action itself. On the psychodrama stage, participants explore personal and social situations, gain new perspective, heal from hurt and neglect, learn life skills, and practice new behavior.