International Summer Conference 2024
Theatre & Therapy

June 26 – 30, 2024

Akademie der Kulturellen Bildung des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Remscheid

The program is in progress. Information will be available by the end of 2023 at the latest.

International Summer Conference 2023
Theatre & Therapy

The Body: The Process Medium in Drama Therapy

Bodie(s) in interplay with psyche and environment

May 17 – 21, 2023

Akademie der Kulturellen Bildung des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Remscheid


Every year, the German Association of Dramatherapy (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Theatertherapie – DGfT), together with the Institute for Dramatherapy (Institut für Theatertherapie – ITT) organizes an international symposium on theater and therapy.

The time of the Corona pandemic made many of us feel and sense on deep levels the central role of the body in encounters, movements and processes of change.
What does body mean? Bodies are sensations, emotions, thoughts, memories. Bodies are sinews, blood, bones and breath. Bodies are movement, action, are always integrated into a context. Bodies are individual and collective, present and past, material and spiritual, diverse and multiple.
Each of us is absolutely unique and one-of-a-kind, and at the same time we seem to be experiencing and learning again and again that we are part of a whole, parts of an infinite number of systems.
A focus on the body teaches us the relationships between the smallest parts and the largest contexts, the simultaneity of the individual and the connected, the analogies between above and below, inside and outside, small and large, …

The body is in a complex interplay with the psyche and in interaction with the environment in which it is embedded.

In this year’s Summer Conference, we are dedicating ourselves to the body as the central process medium in dramatherapy and fanning out various aspects of it in the workshops with their main topics and focus themes:

  • Body as a system and part of systems
  • The individual body
  • Body and trauma
  • Body and theatre
  • Body and voice
  • The collective body
  • Body and Performance
  • Body and Identity

as well as an online lecture on ‘Bodies in Virtual Space’.

On Friday evening, after the workshops, the workshop groups, with a participant from the ITT teaching team, will explore the possibilities of transferring what they have experienced and learned to their dramatherapy practice. These transfer insights will be shared with the large group on Saturday.

At the same time, the entire conference will be accompanied by a wandering writing/graphics/resonance workshop, a nomadic sounding board – 2 people producing ad hoc texts and illustrations that they will share directly in the venue – of course with the invitation to all to resonate.

Further information:


Conference Address
Akademie der Kulturellen Bildung des Bundes und des Landes NRW e.V.
Küppelstein 34
42857 Remscheid

Institut für Theatertherapie (ITT)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Theatertherapie e.V. (DGfT)

Registration and information
Martina Hoffmann-Seidel
Tel. +49 (0)1523 8501660

Content programming and conception:
Prof. Dr. Fabian Chyle-Silvestri, Daniela Debald, Ilil Land-Boss, Ingrid Lutz,,,

Overall management and content programming
Daniela Debald & Ilil Land-Boss

On-site management
Klaus Wührl-Struller
Tel. +49 (0)170 7580780

Directions to the venue here.