Director of Graduate Studies in Theatre, 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)
Principles of Drama Therapy, Drama Therapy with Special Populations, Creative Dramatics, Workshop in Playwriting, Creative Arts Therapies, Drama Therapy Practicum
Direct the concentration in Drama Therapy at the BA and MA levels including the summer intensive courses offered through the Division of Continuing Education, serve as academic advisor to undergraduates and 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 abusers and people with disabilities for over ten years in the Washington, DC area. Author of "Wings To Fly: Bringing Theatre Arts To Students with Special Needs," "Dreams To Sign: Bringing Together Deaf and Hearing Actors and Audiences," and "Barrier-Free Theatre: Including Everyone in Theatre Arts" (recipient of the 2011 American Alliance for Theatre in Education Distinguished Book Award). Produced children's theatre playwright. Member of the National Association for Drama Therapy Board of Directors 1995-2001; President of the National Association for Drama Therapy 2001-2003. Founder and Treasurer of the Drama Therapy Fund, 2003-present.
Recipient of the NADT Gertrud Schattner Award 2006; NADT Service Award 2005; 2005 Inspire by Example Award, given by Community 1st National Bank for Community Service; 2003 William Stamey Undergraduate Teaching Award; the 2001 KSU Advisor of the Year Award; 2011 PAAC Award - Promoting an Acessible Campus, presented by EmPowerCats and K-State for All; and the 2007 Distinguished Service Award in Arts and Disabilities, presented by Accessible Arts, Kansas City, KS and the Kansas State Board of Education.
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