L.A.’s Premier Drama Therapy Program


The Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (DTILA), is in its 29th year. The Institute offers a drama therapy program that meets all North American Drama Therapy Association requirements for being a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT).  It also offers training workshops and continuing education to a wide spectrum of mental health professionals and educators. The award-winning faculty represent a diversity of identities and approaches, and provide a unique individualized approach with small classes. DTILA has a history of service to education, community service, creative therapies, and mental health professionals. DTILA also offers a summer abroad program in Europe currently celebrating its 15th year. Qualified students may receive work-study grants, partial scholarships, or internships.

“In Drama and creative arts therapies, healing emerges, from co-creating dramas in which participants embrace their creativity, spontaneity, play, and uniqueness…”

–Pamela Dunne, “The Narrative Therapist and the Arts”


Pam Dunne, director-Ph.D. RDT/BCT, NT Professor Emeritus, Cal State LA.  Dr. Dunne is past President of the North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA) and founding member of its Board of Examiners. She has written eight books, numerous journal articles and book chapters, including: “Insights on Positive Change: An Exploration of the Link between Drama Therapy and Neural Networks.” (2017); and “Restoried Script Performance” (2016). She leads training in the United States, Europe, China, Australia and New Zealand. She is the 2016 recipient of the NADTA Gertrude Schattner Award for distinguished contribution in the field of drama therapy, and the 2014 recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award from the NADTA.


“I am passionate about helping others to find and celebrate their strengths and honor their dreams. Drama therapy, and narrative psychotherapy changed my life and I continue to be challenged and inspired daily.”

3205 Ocean Park Blvd Suite 240. Santa Monica, California 90405 Telephone: 310-226-2865 (prefer contact by email) Email: pamela@dramatherapyinstitutela.com or at: pdianedunne@hotmail.com