This book review introduces qualitative researchers to a specialized art form: ethnodramatherapy, the production of a play based on the study of the actions and thoughts of a group of people which aims to have a therapeutic effect on the individuals in the group. Stephen Snow’s Ethnodramatherapy: Integrating Research, Therapy, Theatre and Social Activism into One Method documents his decades-long work and expertise as a Registered Drama Therapist. Ethnodramatherapy is a multidisciplinary blend of qualitative research, mixed methods evaluation, arts-based research, dramatic improvisation for devised theatrical production, autoethnographic introspection, and—most notably—strategic therapeutic goals with selected participants from various populations. Ethnodramatherapy is a genre of applied theatre that utilizes the art form for individual, community, and social change.


ethnodramatherapy, theatre, social activism

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Johnny Saldaña is professor emeritus of Arizona State University - Tempe, and has written extensively on qualitative data analysis and ethnotheatre. His methods works have been cited and referenced in over 25,000 studies conducted in over 135 countries. Please direct correspondence to Johnny.Saldana@asu.edu

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