Creative Dramatics



Games, poems, improvisations, eurythmics, and acting stories.

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Bibliography for Creative Dramatics

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  • Adix, Vern. Creative Dramatics: A Workbook of Games, Poems, Improvisations and Acting Stories. Encore Perform Pub., 1986. ISBN 157514008X
  • Andrews, Gladys. Creative Rhythmic Movement for Children. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1954. Rhythm and movement in dramatic play.
  • Bartal, Lea and Nira He’eman. Movement Awareness and Creativity. New York: Harper and Row, 1975. For dance and drama programs; for education. Largely based on Feldenkrais and game-playing.
  • Bleakley, J. A. and G. D. Doherty. Moving into Drama. Agincourt, Canada: The Book Society of Canada, Ltd., 1969. Part of a series; a movement approach to creative dramatics.
  • Bruce, Violet. Dance and Dance Drama in Education. Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1965. On language of movement as therapy.
  • Center for Learning Network Staff. Creative Dramatics in the Classroom: Curriculum Unit. The Learning Center, 1996. ISBN 1560774916
  • Cresci, Maureen M. Creative Dramatics for Children, Grades 3-6. Addison Wesley Longman, Inc., 1991. ISBN 0673384640 Over 150 exercises, a basic approach to leading theatre games in the classroom.
  • Dalcroze, Emile Jacques. Rhythm, Music, Education. New York: Benjamin Blom, 1972.
  • ________. Eurhythmics, Art, and Education. New York: Benjamin Blom, 1972.
  • Driver, Ann. Music and Movement. London: Oxford University Press, 1943.
  • ________. Something Particular. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1955. Log of work with children in mime, music and dance.
  • Exiner, Johanna with Phillis Lloyd. Teaching Creative Movement. Boston: Plays, Inc., 1974. Curriculum guide, methodology.
  • Findlay, Elsa. Rhythm and Movement: Application of Dalcroze Eurhythmics. Evanston, IL: Summy-Birchard Co., 1971. Dalcroze with children.
  • Gell, Heather. Music, Movement and the Young Child. Sydney: Australian Publishing Co., 1973. Available from Volkwein Bros., 117 Sandusky St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212
  • Gilliom, Bonnie. Basic Movement Education for Children. Reading, MA: Advisor- Wesley, 1971.
  • Godridge, Janet. Creative Drama and Improvised Movement for Children. Boston: Play, Inc., 1971.
  • Goldstein, Randi, et al. Once Upon a Stage: Story-Based Creative Dramatics with Young Children. Liv Good N, 1999. ISBN 1889108405
  • Gray, Vera and Rachel Percival. Music, Movement and Mime for Children. London: Oxford University Press, 1962.
  • H’Doubler, Margaret. Dance, A Creative Art Experience. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1940, 1977. On aesthetics, art, education.
  • Kipnis, Lois. Have You Ever…Bringing Literature to Life through Creative Dramatics. Highsmith Press, LLC., 1993. ISBN 091385333X
  • Malkin, Michael R. Training the Young Actor. New York: A. S. Barnes, 1979. For adults as well. See especially section on meaning in spatial relations.
  • Melcer, Fannie. Staging the Dance. Dubuque, IA: William C. Brown, 1955. Practical guide; modern dance and its educational goals.
  • Merrion, Margaret. Creative Drama and Music Methods: Introductory Activities for Children. Shoe String Press, Inc., 1997. ISBN 020802428X Uses arts as a vehicle for enhancing movement, listening, speaking and performing skills. Based on federal guidelines for educational standards in the arts. Many activities, evaluations, and a sample lesson plan.
  • “Movement Therapy Issue.” The Drama Review. Vol. 20, no. 1 (T69 1976).
  • Nighbert, Esther. Learning Through Creative Dramatics. DOK Publishers, 1997. ISBN 0880471174
  • Nicholis, Bronwen. MOVE! Boston: Plays, Inc., 1974.
  • Nobleman, Roberta. Mime and Masks. Rowayton, CT: New Plays, 1979.
  • North, Marion. Body Movement for Children. Boston: Plays, Inc., 1972. For all ages.
  • Polsky, Milton E. Let’s Improvise: Becoming Creative, Expressive and Spontaneous Through Drama. MD: University Press of America, 1989.
  • Reston, Balerie. A Handbook for Modern Educational Dance. London: Macdonald and Evans, 1963. On Laban’s work.
  • Russell, Joan. Creative Movement and Dance for Children. Boston: Plays, Inc., 1975.
  • Spolin, Viola. Improvisation for the Theatre. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1963. Normally a book on theatre with children; actually a useful text for all actor training.
  • “Puppetry Issue.” Tulane Drama Review. Vol. 16(September 1972).
  • Way, Brian. Development Through Drama. New York: Humanities Press, 1967. Largely physical approach to drama as education.
  • Wiles, John. Leap to Life. London: Chatto & Windus, 1957. Mime and movement to music with children.
  • Yardley, A. “Movement and Learning,” Today’s Education. 63(September 1974).
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