Curriculum Vitae

Education

Post-graduate drama therapy training, North American Drama Therapy Association. 2015-2019.

(Drama therapy is a Master’s level credential requiring coursework in psychology (including human growth and development, abnormal psychology, theories of personality, theories of counseling) and drama therapy (including research and ethics), significant experience in theatre arts, supervised internship hours with at least two populations, professional work experience, continuing education, and adherence to NADTA’s Code of Ethics.)

Master of Arts Performance Studies, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, May 2012

Thesis: “Queer Utopian Performance at Texas A&M University.”

Bachelor of Arts English, Suma Cum Laude, Fairmont State University, Fairmont, WV, May 2010

Bachelor of Arts Theatre, Suma Cum Laude, Fairmont State University, Fairmont, WV, May 2009

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Presentations

Established and Emerging Intersections for Advancing Queer Drama Therapy: The Next Act. NADTA Annual Conference. 7 November 2020.

PRIDE365 Diversity Call, NADTA. 5 August 2020.

Parts of Self, Virtual Drama Therapy Exercise Session with Mark Beauregard and Nisha Sajnani. 7 July 2020

Dress Rehearsal for the Pandemic.” Everything is not going to be okay (but it’s better with you). 22 April 2020

Untold Stories from the Pandemic. 15 April 2020

Chronically Queer Virtual Open Mic Night. 10 April 2020

“No Sit/No Lie.” Gathering Ground Theatre, First Baptist Church of Austin, 10-11 November 2017.

“Making Connections: Yoga Therapy and Drama Therapy.” NADTA Central Region Conference, 29-30 April 2017.

“It’s My Story” Digital Storytelling Workshop, VSA Texas, 13-16 March 2017.

Drama Therapy programming, OutYouth, 14 December 2016.

Thera-‘play’ Workshop, Human Potential Center, 5 Oct 2016.

Come Out and Play: Drama and Yoga Therapy, Transform Fitness, 24 Sept 2016.

Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop, MonkeyWrench Books, 13 Aug 2016.

Austin TENT monthly meeting, 9 July 2016.

Come Out and Play: Drama and Yoga Therapy, Transform Fitness, 11 June 2016.

Come Out and Play: Drama and Yoga Therapy, Transform Fitness, 23 April 2016.

Role play workshop with PFLAG, Transform Fitness, 29 March 2016.

Come Out and Play: Drama and Yoga Therapy, Transform Fitness, 5 March 2016.

Consent and Theatre of the Oppressed, Austin Community College, March 2016.

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Publications

“When Safety Isn’t Guaranteed: Imagining Trauma Healing Beyond the White Supremacist Cisheteropatriarchy” Trauma-Informed Drama Therapy (2nd ed.) Pending 2021.

“Individualism will not save us: Personal liberty vs. community care in the time of COVID-19.” Drama Therapy Review, 6.2, pages 111-114. October 2020. DOI: 10.1386/dtr_00053_1

Book Review: “Creative Arts Therapies and the LGBTQ Community: Theory and Practice, Brianna MacWilliam, Brian Harris, Dana Trottier and Kristin Long (eds) (2019).” Drama Therapy Review, 6.2, pages 247-250. October 2020. DOI: 10.1386/dtr_00031_5

“Making it Work.” The i’Mpossible Project Vol 1: Reengaging With Life, Creating a New You by Josh Rivedal. Jan.2016.

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Continuing Education

2021 Facing Whiteness: A 1-Day Drama Therapy Workshop with Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT

2021 Bringing the Ethics of Inclusion to Your Psychotherapy Space with Lancaster School of Psychodrama and Experiential Psychotherapies

2021 Anti-Racism for Helping Professionals Working Group with Alejandra Spector, social work student at UT Austin

2021 Revolutionize Social Work: Clinical Town Hall – Racism and White Supremacy in Clinical Social Work Practice with NASW NYS

2021 Queer-Informed Narrative Therapy with Alex Filippelli, MA & David Rock Nylund, Phd with Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy

2020 NADTA Annual Conference: Riding the Wave: The Next Act for Drama Therapy  (Virtual Conference)

2020 Psychodrama Facilitation Group at Centerwood with Susan Powell.

2020 Compassion Fatigue Certification Training for Healthcare,
Mental Health and Caring Professionals with Debra Premashakti Alvis, PhD, C-IAYT (via PESI).

2020 Psychodrama Facilitation Group at Centerwood with Susan Powell.

2020 Movement trauma healer certification program – level 1 with TRACC4Movements.

2020 Anti-Racist Theatre Foundational Course with Nicole Brewer.

2020 Finding Your Role in the Movement Ecosystem: Panel Discussion with Healers. TRACC4Movements.

2020 Psychodrama Facilitation Group at Centerwood with Susan Powell.

2020 Anti-Oppressive & Decolonial Care: Navigating Non-Western Movement Care. TRACC4Movements.

2020 Pandemic To Protest: Emotional First Aid for Movement Trauma 101. TRACC4Movements.

2020 Drama Therapy at Home with Nisha Sajnani.

2020 Everything is Not Going to be Okay (But it’s Better With You) performance festival with Nisha Sajnani and Christine Mayor.

2020 Online Drama Therapy workshop with Diana Chu.

2019 Psychodrama Facilitation Group at Centerwood with Susan Powell.

2019 Psychodrama Facilitation Group at Centerwood with Susan Powell.

2019 NADTA Central Region Conference: Exploring the Spectrum: Modalities in Embodied Therapies with Susan Powell and Randy McCommons.  

2019 Psychodrama Facilitation Group at Centerwood with Susan Powell.

2019 Psychodrama Facilitation Group at Centerwood with Susan Powell.

2018 NADTA Annual Conference: Beyond the Fourth Wall: Engaging Therapeutic Performance to Expand Our Impact on Communities.

2018 Using Sandtray Protocols in Play Therapy, Marshall Lyles.

2018 Psychodrama Facilitation Group at Centerwood with Susan Powell.

2018 DBT and Art Therapy with DeAnn Acton.

2018 BodyShift Event: Patterns of Disruption with Sandra Paola.

2018 DvT and Trauma Workshop with Randy McCommons.

2018 ASGPP Annual Conference: Expanding Horizons: Using Action Methods to Join All Humanity.

2018 Psychodrama Facilitation Group at Centerwood with Susan Powell.

2018 Psychodrama Facilitation Group at Centerwood with Susan Powell.

2017 NADTA Annual Conference: From Theory to Practice: The Drama Therapist’s Toolbox.

2017 Psychodrama Facilitation Group at Centerwood with Susan Powell.

2017 Improv 101 at Coldtowne Theater.

2017 PolyDallas Millennium Conference: Power, Anarchy, and Equality in Polyamory.

2017 Developmental Transformations Workshop with Randy McCommons.

2017 NADTA Central Region Conference: Finding Our Niche: Where in the Region are the Drama Therapists?

2017 Psychodrama Facilitation Group at Centerwood with Susan Powell.

2017 Psychodrama Workshop at Centerwood with Susan Powell.

2016 NADTA Annual Conference: The Power of Dramatic Play and Creativity: Sunshine Under the Umbrella.

2016 Psychodrama Facilitation Group at Centerwood with Susan Powell.

2016 Psychodrama Workshop at Centerwood with Susan Powell.

2016 PollyDallas Millennium Conference: Designer Relationships.

2016 Contemporary Relationships Conference.

2016 Art Therapy 101 with Art Therapy Austin.

2016 NADTA Central Region Conference: Active Exploration and Healing: Performance Variety in Drama Therapy.

2015 NADTA Annual Conference: Magnetic Forces: Working with Attraction and Aversion to Difference and Social Justice.