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Renee Pitre

Temporary Core Faculty, Drama Therapy

Dr. Renée Pitre is a Registered Drama Therapist, Board Certified Trainer, and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has 13 years of clinical experience in delivering trauma-centered Drama Therapy and psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced traumatic events.

Renée began her career as a drama therapist at the Post Traumatic Stress Center, in New Haven, CT, and as a founding member of the A.L.I.V.E school program. She is the former training director of iWest, a satellite of the Institute for Developmental Transformations (DvT) and has trained students in DvT all over the world, particularly in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, China, Ireland, and in Canada.

An adjunct instructor and course designer at Lesley University for the past 4 years, Renée’s focus has been in the development of the clinical instruction section of the Drama Therapy master's degree program. She is curious about the pedagogy of drama therapy and the particular ways we can teach clinical reasoning to emerging drama therapists. Renée has also served as adjunct faculty to California Institute of Integral Studies and New York University.

Before her drama therapy career, Renée hailed from the far north of Canada. Some may say that her abstract and expansive thinking mirror the vast terrain of her upbringing. Thusly, Renée’s research focuses on the co-creation of the therapeutic environment and the dimensional layers within this dramatic conversation and what we might glean from them.

She has a particular interest in the curation of scaffolding to support in-depth reflective processing for training therapists post clinical sessions and in generating mindfulness in the distinction between ‘caring for self’ and ‘self-care’ in emerging drama therapists. A believer in the artistic creation and the open access to knowledge, Renée has also created and hosted a podcast, and continues to maintain connection to her own evolving artistic expression through writing, gestural drawings, and DvT.


Select Publications

Johnson, D.R., & Pitre, R. (2021). Developmental Transformations. In D. R. Johnson and R. Emunah (Eds.), Current approaches in drama therapy, 3rd edition, p. 123-161. Springfield, IL: Charles Thomas.

Pitre, R. (2020). The Dramasphere: Adding a dimensional lens to the practice of Developmental Transformations. Expressive Therapies Dissertations. 105.

Pitre, R., & Johnson, D. (2019).  400 Seconds. A Chest of Broken Toys, 182-227.

Frydman, J.S., & Pitre, R. (2019). Utilizing an embodied, play-based intervention to reduce occupational stress for teachers. Drama therapy review 5, 1, 139-155.

Pitre, R. (Producer). (2018, January – May). This DvT Life [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from:

Pitre, R. (Producer). (2017, April – December). This DvT Life [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from:

Rosen, M., Pitre, R., & Johnson, D. R. (2016). Developmental transformations art therapy: An embodied, interactional approach. Art therapy, 30, 4, 1-8.

Pitre, R., Mayor, C., & Johnson, D. R. (2016). Developmental transformations as a stress reduction method. Drama therapy review 2, 2, 167-181.

Pitre, R., Sajnani, N., & Johnson, D. R. (2015). Trauma-centered developmental transformations as exposure treatment for young children. Drama therapy review 1, 1, 41-54.

Pitre, R. (2014). Extracting the perpetrator: Fostering parent/child attachment with Developmental Transformations. In N. Sajnani and D. Johnson (Eds.), Trauma-Informed Drama Therapy: Transforming clinics, classrooms, and communities. Springfield, IL: Charles Thomas.

Select Presentations

The Dramasphere. DvT European Conference. Virtual space (April 2021).

The ‘ing’ theory. DvT European Conference; Prague, Czech Republic (June 2018).

The Playspace Lab: An online community. DvT European Conference; Prague, Czech Republic (June 2018).

Shaping. NADTA Conference; Boston, MA (October 2018).

The ‘un’world. (Keynote). DvT Conference; New York, NY (April 2017).

ALIVE schools: Mrs. B’s classroom. NADTA Conference; Seattle, WA (October 2016).

Opening up the conversation: Trauma-centered psychotherapy. NADTA Conference; White Plains, NY (October 2015).

Through the phoropter: A meditation on the fragmentation of trauma. (Plenary). DvT European Conference; Maastricht, NL (May 2014).


PhD, Expressive Therapies, Lesley University

MA, Creative Arts Therapies: Drama Therapy, Concordia University

BA, Drama & English literature, University of Alberta