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presenting at the International Dramatherapy Conference in The Netherlands

With the power to imagine, we create spacious narratives. Imagination can take us to places and paint the world in the colours we want. It makes us believe that things can be different. Imagination helps us to build curiosity, to acquire experience and knowledge about the world, to better understand another person's perspective, to adapt with agility, to flourish through adversity, to ignite motivation, to creatively connect, innovate and overcome challenges. Through imagination we conceive and interact with artistic works. Imagination has the extraordinary capacity to dimensionalise and shape our past, present and future reality, give meaning and hope. It is an area where it is possible to be free. But imagination that is out of control may lead to helplessness, hopelessness, anxiety, suspicion, conspiracy or (territorial-) aggression. An imagination that is better directed may help contain them.

This International Dramatherapy Conference is the first collaboration between the European Federation of Dramatherapy (EFD) and the World Alliance of Dramatherapy (WADth). On the 5th and 6th of May 2023 in Amersfoort in the Netherlands, we want to explore the power, the depth, the healing or destructive aspects and everything that comes with the (im)possibility to imagine. We are curious about your research and professional experiences on the conception, nature and use of imagination in relation to dramatherapy or community-based theatre.

We invite you to respond to this call to ‘Imagine....’ with a conference proposal, containing ideas for a workshop or paper presentation. All workshops and paper presentations will be live presented at the conference. Please send your proposal in Word or PDF by using the enclosed proposal format to the following mail address:

The call for proposals has been extended until the 15th of December

It will then be forwarded to the selection committee to be appraised. You will be notified by the end of January 2023.


The organising committee, Commissioned by the EFD and the Dutch Dramatherapy Association (NVDT). In collaboration with WADth. Karin van der Wiel, Denise de Jong van Lier, Jeroen Ward, Margot Lambregts, Irene de Bel, Marc Willemsen

Call for proposals: About
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