Drama Therapy

2012 Major Accomplishments by Drama Therapy Graduate Students

Elizabeth McAdam (Class of 2012)

Lizzie is the recipient of the NYU Steinhardt Phi Lambda Theta Rho Leadership Award, which is presented to a graduating graduate student “to acknowledge and celebrate excellence in academic achievement and leadership.” Additionally, she has won the prestigious German Chancellor Fellowship Award for Prospective Leaders from the Alexander von Humbolt Foundation. This fellowship will take Elizabeth to Germany next year for training in problem-focused international dialogue, intercultural competence, and advanced study of drama therapy as a global scholar. Lizzie is a former special education teacher in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a Master of Science degree in childhood general education and special education from Bank Street College of Education.  She serves on a committee developing a scholarly journal for the North American Association for Drama Therapy.



 Amber N. Smith, M.Ed (Class of 2012)

 Amber received the NYU Program in Drama Therapy Award presented to a graduating student for their service to the Program and the School She is the 2011 winner of the North American Drama Therapy Association’s (NADTA) Student Service Award. Amber is currently the co-chair of the ad-hoc Student Committee of the NADT andthe NADT Diversity Committee. Amber started the Blacks in Drama Therapy network for the NADT.  She is finishing her thesis entitled: Stony the Road We Trod:  Implications for Drama Therapy Treatment of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome.


 Jennifer Velarde (Class of 2012)

Jennifer has been awarded the NYU Steinhardt Master’s Student Research Award for her thesis research entitled, The Artist as Guide for the Drama Therapist. Jennifer will be using the grant to conduct interviews with preeminent drama therapists. This is an outstanding honor from NYU.





Lilah Hilliard Fisher Scholarship Winners

Refiloe Lepere (Class of 2013)

Refiloe is a Ford Foundation Fellow. She has recently won an important grant from the Davis Peace Project to conduct drama therapy workshops in South Africa this summer with teens that address issues of building healthy relationships and decreasing incidence of domestic violence. Refiloe is a writer, actress and director from South Africa. She is a founding member of Bogosing Media and Entertainment, which produces forum theatre plays and also runs workshops using theater and narrative writing in South Africa and Botswana.


 Charisse Brown (Class of 2013)

Charisse is an Artist-in-Residence for the Westchester Arts Council, and founder and artistic director of Curtsey and a Bow, both for which she facilitates drama-based educational and therapeutic workshops throughout Westchester and New York City in schools; detention centers; hospitals; community centers/after-school programs and long-term, intensive curriculum-integrated school residencies.  She is a professional actor, and a member of the Screen Actors Guild, as well as the Actors Equity Association, and has appeared on network television, as well as in films and on the Off-Broadway stage.  Charisse has also performed for the American Repertory Theater in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where she lived for several years.