Selected Student Bios

Lizzie McAdam, M.S. Education

B.A.- Theater

M.S.Ed.- Childhood Special and General Education Dual Certification

Type of Student: Full Time


Lizzie first discovered drama therapy while working in an adult day habilitation program in her hometown of Rochester, N.Y. As part of her undergraduate thesis work at Oberlin College, she designed and taught a theater class in social skills to high school students with cognitive and emotional disabilities. Inspired by this work, she moved to New York after graduating and began teaching special education in the public schools of Brooklyn, as well as working as an actor. She is a founding member of 4th Meal Productions, which produced several benefits and productions in NYC including From the Inside, Out , which appeared in the NYC Fringe Festival in 2008. She graduated from Bank Street College in 2009, where she designed a curriculum that teaches leadership skills to students with emotional and behavioral disturbance. After teaching for four years, she realized that she wanted to do more work integrating theater and therapy. This, in turn, led her to NYU's Drama Therapy program, where she couldn't be happier.

Research Interest

  • At-risk Adolescents
  • LGBTQ Youth
  • Developing anti-bullying, emotional awareness and leadership skills curricula using Drama Therapy
  • Multicultural awareness and community building