Sally Bailey

ProfessorSally Bailey
Director of Graduate Studies in Theatre and Director of the Drama Therapy Program
101 Nichols Hall


M.S.W., University of Maryland at Baltimore; Certificate, Gestalt Therapy from The Gestalt Therapy Training Center of Washington, DC; M.F.A., Trinity University; B.F.A. University of Texas at Austin; Other Credentials: R.D.T. (Registered Drama Therapist) B.C.T. (Board Certified Trainer)

Courses taught

Principles of Drama Therapy, Drama Therapy with Special Populations, Creative Drama, Workshop in Playwriting, Creative Arts Therapies, Drama Therapy with Older Adults, Surviving and Thriving as a Creative Arts Therapist

Job description

Direct the concentration in Drama Therapy, serve as academic advisor to graduates in the drama therapy concentration, teach, member of the Graduate Faculty and Gerontology Faculty, advisor to KSU Creative Arts Therapy Students (student organization).


As a registered drama therapist I worked with recovering substance users and people with disabilities for over ten years in the Washington, DC area.

  • "Wings To Fly: Bringing Theatre Arts To Students with Special Needs"
  • "Dreams To Sign: Bringing Together Deaf and Hearing Actors and Audiences"
  • "Barrier-Free Theatre: Including Everyone in Theatre Arts" (recipient of the 2011 American Alliance for Theatre in Education Distinguished Book Award)
  • "Careers in Creative Arts Therapy"
  • "Drama in the Inclusive Classroom"
  • "The Drama Therapy Decision Tree" (co-written with Paige Dickinson).
    • 2nd edition, revised and enhanced 2024
  • Director of the Barrier-Free Theatre, Manhattan 1999-present
  • Member of the North American Drama Therapy Association Board of Directors 1995-2001
  • President of the North American Drama Therapy Association 2001-2003
  • Founder and Office Manager of the Drama Therapy Fund, 2003-2024
  • School of Music, Theatre, and Dance Excellence in Teaching Award 2024
  • Recipient of the NADTA Teaching Excellence Award 2018
  • NADTA Gertrud Schattner Award 2006
  • NADTA Service Award 2005
  • PAAC Award - Promoting an Accessible Campus, 2011, presented by EmPowerCats and K-State for All
  • the Distinguished Service Award in Arts and Disabilities 2007, presented by Accessible Arts, Kansas City, KS and the Kansas State Board of Education
  • Inspire by Example Award 2005, given by Community 1st National Bank for Community Service; William Stamey Undergraduate Teaching Award 2003
  • KSU Advisor of the Year Award 2001.

Favorite quote

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

- Albert Einstein