Ritual Theatre Book

RitualTheatreCoverRitual Theatre, The Power of Dramatic Ritual in Personal Development Groups and Clinical Practice was published in 2011

Edited by Claire Schrader
Foreword by James Roose-Evans
Paperback: £22.99 / $39.95
2011, 234mm x 156mm / 9.25in x 6in, 336pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-138-5, BIC 2: MQTC MMJT VXW

Six of the chapters are written by me. The remainder of the chapters are written by Sue Jennings, Steve Mitchell, Roger Grainger, Debra Colkett, Thalia Valeta, Saphira Linden (US), Gary Raucher (US), Sylvia Israel (US), Sheila Rubin (US), Carrie Todd (US), Elizabeth Plummer (US), and Susan Nisenbaum Becker(US)

It is on sale through the Jessica Kingsley website, directly from me at one of my events or from Amazon and their associates:

Who is it for?

The book would of interest if you want to understand what happens “behind the scenes”; or are curious about the theory behind what you experience in Making Moves courses; or you are a therapist, counsellor, or a theatre professional, theatre lover or student;  or are intrigued to know more about ritual theatre and how it works.

Reviews for Ritual Theatre

‘Claire Schrader’s new book on the healing aspects of ritual theatre fulfils Joseph Campbell’s vision of a remythologized world, one in which we would be, as he loved to quote Cezanne, more “in accord with nature.” This book is alternately informative, exhilarating, scholarly, and soulful. If widely read, its insights into the psychodynamics of drama will help illuminate the sacred in our personal and collective lives.’
Phil Cousineau, author of The Hero’s Journey: Joseph Campbell on his Life and Work, Wordcatcher, and The Art of Pilgrimage

“The book contains deeply honest, searching accounts by experienced theatre practitioners and dramatherapists about the creative transformation of heartbreaking, emotional darkness into life-giving energy for individuals and groups. It is a moving and very timely resource for professionals and students who care about healing, conflict-resolution, spirituality and development.”
Dr. Alida Gersie, consultant in resilience and loss and author of Storymaking in Bereavement and Reflections on Therapeutic Storymaking

“This book casts light from a variety of angles onto the basic idea, strong in nearly all of us, that theatre has some important connections with healing. Whether they come to it through catharsis, or the anthropology of ritual, or dramatic practice, all the contributors share the belief that it is good for people to enact myths, and that this initiation will open up beneficial self-discoveries.”
Prof. Oliver Taplin, Emeritus Fellow in Classics, Magdalen College, and co-director of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, University of Oxford, UK

Ritual Theatre Book Description

Ritual theatre is a powerful healing system that has been practised since ancient times by early societies and in tribal communities. It has the ability to effect deep transformation in its participants, support growth and development, and resolve personal issues.

This book considers the relevance of ritual theatre in contemporary life and describes how it is being used as a highly cathartic therapeutic process. With contributions from leading experts in the field of dramatherapy, the book brings together a broad spectrum of approaches to ritual theatre as a healing system.

It explores the anthropological and tribal roots of dramatic ritual and proposes that ritual theatre finds its most potent expression in personal development work. The practical application of ritual theatre in various clinical settings is discussed, and the final chapters explore the possibilities of ritual theatre as performance.

Interviews with Claire about the book

Two interviews by Rasheed Ogunlaru

Rasheed Ogunlaru




Claire Schrader, author of ‘Ritual Theatre’ chats to life coach/ speaker, Rasheed Ogunlaru about the healing power of drama.

The healing power of drama & theatre

The emotional side of actors/performers and their lives – and the power of healing: Claire Schrader, author of Ritual Theatre/drama therapist in discussion with leading life coach/speaker, Rasheed Ogunlaru whose career background in life singing and media led him into coaching singers, entertainers, entrepreneurs and the public.

Real-Life Drama – is life as an actor healing or harming

Useful Links

Read the blog post about the book:
Ritual Theatre Book – blog post

Ritual Theatre Blog
Subscribe to the ritual theatre blog dedicated to the book providing more information on all aspects of ritual theatre:
Ritual Theatre Blog