Staff profile

Drew Bird

Senior Lecturer


Therapeutic Practice


College of Health and Social Care


School of Allied Health and Social Care


Derby Campus



Senior Lecturer

Recent publications



Bird, D. and Tozer, K. (2018) ‘An a/r/tographic exploration of engagement in theatrical performance: what does this mean for the student/teacher relationship’. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education.


Bird, D. (2017) Playback Theatre, Autoethnography and Generosity. Dramatherapy. Vol. 38 Issue 1, pp. 32-42


Bird, D. (2016) ‘Heuristic Methodology in Arts based inquiry of Autobiographical Therapeutic Theatre’. In The self in Performance: Autobiographical, self-revelatory, and autoethnographic forms of therapeutic theatre, S. Pendzik, R. Emmunah and D. Read Johnson, UK and USA: Palgrave-McMillan.


Bird D. and Tozer K. (2016), ‘Towards a drama therapy pedagogy: An a/r/tographic study using dramatic improvisation’, Drama Therapy Review, 2: 2,

pp. 273–284,


Smith, M. and Bird, D. (2014) Fairy tales, Landscapes and Metaphor in Supervision, Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. London: Taylor and Francis.


Bird, D. (2010) ‘The Power of a new story: The bigger picture- Narrative therapy and the role of aesthetic distance within the process of re-authoring in Dramatherapy in Dramatherapy Vol 31 no 3 winter 2010.


Bird, D (2006) ‘The many roles of Therapeutic Theatre’ in Dramatherapy vol 28(3)


Bird, A (2005) ‘Dramatherapy in Palliative Care’ in Aspects of social work and palliative care Parker, J (ed.). Trowbridge, Wiltshire. Quay Books.