Sara M. Simons, PhD is a graduate of the doctoral program in Educational Theatre. Sara has a BA in Theatre and Women’s Studies from Wellesley College and an MA in Theatre Education with K-12 teaching certification from Emerson College. Her research interests include theatre for social change and diversity in teacher education. Her dissertation, implemented in conjunction with the NYU Center for Multicultural Education and Programs, focused on the use of process drama as an avenue for exploring issues of race and privilege in an Intergroup Dialogue setting.
Sara has worked in the Boston and DC public schools and is currently the Theatre Studies department head at the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan, where she teaches 9th and 10th grade classes. She also teaches in the Communication Arts and Sciences department at Bronx Community College. Sara has a background in sexuality education and previously worked as a curriculum manager for Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. Sara’s stage management credits include Steel Magnolias (Alithea Theatre Company), Sonia Flew (NYU Educational Theatre), and Headscarf and the Angry Bitch (NYC Fringe). She has been published in The Washington Post, TYA Today, The Journal of Applied Arts and Health, and Annals of Behavioral Medicine.