Olomouc, Czech Republic

Drama Therapy

when 14 July 2023 - 13 August 2023
language English
duration 5 weeks
credits 7 EC
fee EUR 1200

The summer school with a focus on dramatherapy is based on the principles of experience and self-experience. Over the course of three weeks, participants have the opportunity to learn about the principles of dramatic reality, role-playing, the holistic concept of some dramatherapy approaches, and the specific concept of playspace. The course emphasizes embodiment and therefore the experience of experience through active acting, play and also the concept of flow.

The first week of class is primarily focused on building trust in the group, cohesion, as well as dramatic play and active improvisation. Working with the body, stage movement and body expression will also be a central tool. In the second week we will focus more on specific drama therapy approaches and their resources. Participants will have the opportunity to experience developmentally oriented approaches in dramatherapy such as role work and its holistic design. The third week then focuses on specific dramatherapy resources such as puppets, mask and more. Closure and ritual will also be part of the process. The course will also emphasize the theoretical basis of dramatherapy where the different activities will be framed.

Dramatherapy actively works with the needs of people and group’s needs. It responds flexibly to the individual themes and needs arising from the drama therapy work and, for this reason, some variation is possible in both the objectives presented for each lesson and the focus of the lesson. However, this is not a complete change in the structure of the programme, but only a partial modification of the programme to suit the focus and experience of the group and its individual participants.

Classes will take place Monday–Thursday and there will be trips on Fridays (Prague, Vienna, Auschwitz & Krakow, South Moravia). Apart from these day-long trips, there will also be several other side events over the course of the summer school including shorter trips, sport events and more.

Requirements for students: A prerequisite for successful completion of the course is active participation in the process, discussion, self-reflection, and a final evaluation of your process along with an overview of the theoretical basis of dramatherapy.

Course leader

Mgr. Jakub VÁVRA, Ph.D.
Contact person: Jiří Mánek (jiri.manek@upol.cz

Fee info

EUR 1200: The price for the summer school includes:

• Administrative fee
• Academic programme
• Accommodation at our student dormitories (a double room); it is also possible to choose a single room for an extra fee of €70
• Local accommodation fee
• Side events including day-long trips, field trips, a Welcome Party, and more
• Entrance tickets to sights in the itinerary