This introduction to what dramatherapy is, where it comes from, who does it, where and why they do it, is a somewhat breathless dash through the current state of dramatherapy practice. I hope that it will show the complexities of the profession, born of its different approaches, influences and models. I shall begin with a very brief history of its origins; I shall then proceed to give some definitions of dramatherapy and the status of the profession in the early 1990s; finally, I shall consider some of the models underlying practice.