Bobbi Kidder has made it her life’s work to create transformative therapy. As a facilitator and educator, she believes in embodying life's joys and sorrows. She focuses on movement and play to create breakthroughs for individuals, educators, families, and communities alike — from her home base in the Pacific Northwest to around the world.
Since 2011, she's been on the Drama Therapy faculty at Antioch University in Seattle, Washington. She leads local, national, and international workshops on Resolving Conflict and Active Learning. She co-led a trip to India, developed “on the road” program for student field experiences, and has worked with drama therapy students to develop several original “devised” scripts, most notably the Decades performance that was originally produced in 2015.
Previously, Bobbi has taught at Rogue Community College and served as Executive Director of Southern Oregon Impact Theatre. She has served on the National Association of Drama Therapy Board and is currently a member of the Drama Therapy Fund Board. She has also served on the Executive Committee of the National Association for Drama Therapy.
Her awards and accolades are many. But her greatest achievement is collaborating with others to change lives.
Advanced Certificate of Narrative Therapy – Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy, 2017
Board Certified Trainer (BCT) – North American Drama Therapy Association, 1995
Registered Drama Therapist (RDT) – North American Drama Therapy Association, 1984
Masters of Arts (MA) – Cal State University Los Angeles, 1983
Bachelor of Arts (BA) – University of Northern Colorado, 1972
Chico State University
Southern Oregon University
Kansas State University
2011 – Received the David West 7th Generation Diversity Award
2008 – Governor’s Award for Community Service Organization – Drug Court Theatre
2007 –“Can Do” award from the Winema Council of Girl Scouts
2003 – Zonta “Community Rose” award
2001 – Asante Foundation (Southern Oregon Healthcare system) Spears Award for Excellence in Education
2001 – Southern Oregon Adolescent Training and Treatment Center – Child Advocate Award
2000 – National Corrections Film and Video Festival- Award for Best PSA (Worked with Youth to produce the PSA through funding from Listen UP!)
BOOKS (see more)
ImaginACTION: Activities that allow students to get up on their feet and moving! Fort Collins: Cottonwood Press, 1995. Second Edition 2002; Third Edition 2009
Big Window. New York: Writers’ Club, 2002
“Sally Bailey’s Barrier Free Theatre for Arts and Psychotherapy.” Fall, 2011
“Robert Landry’s The Couch and the Stage for Arts and Psychotherapy. ”Fall 2008
“Healing Through Action” Focal Point, A National Bulletin on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health; spring 2002 (3-6)
“Healing Through Action” Dramascope, New York: Fall, 2002
FULL LENGTH PLAYS
Of America I Sing: the Epiphany of Walt Whitman, 1987, produced via grants from Oregon Committee for the Humanities and The Carpenter Foundation. Archived in Impact Collection
Private Interlude of Eleanor Roosevelt. 1995. In cooperation with American Association of University Women and Rogue Community College. Archived in Impact Collection
Blinding Shadows, 2006. Collaboration between Impact Theatre and RCC. Archived in Impact Collection
What You Want – 1995. Archived in Impact Collection
Ask for More – 1998. Archived in Impact Collection
PSAs –1999-2002. Archived in Impact Collection
Bobbi Kidder radiates hope and optimism. She’s a teacher in the most profound way as she guides her students to feel inspired and better about themselves.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
— Scott Vogel, Senior Communications Specialist, SEIU Healthcare Illinois