Psychodrama and Creativity in Education

  • John Nolte
Part of the Creativity Theory and Action in Education book series (CTAE, volume 2)


This chapter describes the contributions of J. L. Moreno to creativity theory and to methods invented to enhance creativity in everyday living. Moreno’s extensive work with spontaneous role playing resulted in the development of the theory of spontaneity–creativity in which spontaneity, described as an unconservable energy, is seen as the catalyst of the creative process. His first endeavor was establishment of an alternative theater in which dramas were created and produced simultaneously by the actors, utilizing spontaneous role playing. This venture led to the origination of psychodrama, a method utilized in psychotherapy, personality development, skill training, and education. All forms of spontaneous role playing function as spontaneity training. Psychodrama is employed in formal education under several titles, role playing being the most common one. A survey of role playing in educational settings reveals that a wide range of subjects have been presented by this modality. Teachers who have taught this way are enthusiastic and express advantages of the method.


Role playing in education J. L. Moreno Creativity Spontaneity Warming up Psychodrama Sociodrama 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Nolte
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  1. 1.National Psychodrama Training CenterOmahaUSA

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