Below is a selected bibliography covering current scholarship on Theatre for Development.




  • Babbage, Frances, Augusto Boal (London: Routledge, 2004).

  • Boal, Augusto, The Rainbow of Desire: The Boal Method of Theatre and Therapy (London: Routledge, 1994).
    Legislative Theatre: Using Performance to Make Politics (London:Routledge, 1998).
    Hamlet and the Baker’s Son: My Life in Theatre and Politics (London: Routledge, 2001).
    Games for Actors and Non-actors, 2nd edn (London: Routledge, 2002).
    Aesthetics of the Oppressed, 2nd edn (London: Routledge, 2006).
    Theatre of the Oppressed, 3rd edn (London: Pluto Press, 2008).

  • Ganguly, Sanjoy, Jana Sanskriti (London: Routledge, 2010).

  • Jan Cohen-Cruz and Mady Shutzman eds., Playing Boal: Theatre, Therapy, Activism (London: Routledge, 1993).
    A Boal Companion, 2nd edn (London: Routledge, 2005).




  • Martin, John, The Intercultural Performance Handbook (London: Routledge, 2003).

  • Mojisola Adebayo, Naomi Everall, Manisha Mehta and John Martin, The Theatre for Development Handbook (London: PAN Intercultural Arts, 2010).




  • Baim, Clark, Sally Brookes and Alun Mountford, The Geese Theatre Handbook: Drama with Offenders and People at Risk (Hook, Hampshire: Waterside Press, 2002).

  • Blatner, Adam, Interactive and Improvisational Drama: Varieties of Applied Theatre and Performance (, 2007)

  • Chinyowa, Kennedy, Communicating Development through Applied Theatre: Case Study of a Community Theatre Project in South Africa (Saarbr├╝cken: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010).
    HIV and AIDS Education: through Applied Theatre (Saarbr├╝cken: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010)

  • Esskamp, Kees, Theatre for Development: An Introduction to Context, Applications and Training (London: Zed Books Ltd, 2006).

  • Hartly, Jennifer S., Applied Theatre: Breaking Oppressions, Challenging Perceptions (Stoke-on-Trent, Trentham Books, 2011).

  • Nicholson, Helen, Applied Drama (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).

  • Prendergast, Monica and Juliana Saxton eds, Applied Theatre: International Case Studies and Challenges for Practice (Bristol: Intellect, 2011).

  • Prentki, Tim and Sheila Preston eds, Applied Theatre Reader (London: Routledge, 2008).

  • Taylor, Philip, Applied Theatre: Creating Transformative Encounters in the Community (Ann Arbor, Heinemann Educational Books, 2003).

  • Thompson, James, Digging Up Stories: Applied Theatre, Performance and War (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2006).
    Applied Theatre: Bewilderment and Beyond (New York: Peter Lang Pub, 2008).
    Performance Affects: Applied Theatre and the End of Effect (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).
    Performance in Place of War (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2010).

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