Selected Student Bios

Amber N. Smith, M.Ed.

B.A.- Theatre Arts, (cum laude)

M.Ed.- Educational Administration: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, (cum laude)

Type of Student: Full Time


Amber is from the Mile High city of Denver, Colorado.  Due to her passion for both theatre and people, she went to school to study theatre and education. Upon graduation from undergraduate school, Amber became a teacher and noticed a great divide in education. It is because of this experience that Amber wanted to design a way in which to level the educational playing field. She continued on and received a Master's Degree in Educational Administration in the hopes of making even more change. Amber's Master's Thesis focused on integrating theme based arts education into traditional school curriculum with High School populations. Realizing that the playing field can only be leveled if the education provided is equal, Amber has decided to create and open an all-girl's boarding school for young women in the foster care system.  This passion to help foster care girls is what lead her to the Drama Therapy Program at NYU.  The ability to assist a population that is known to experience various types of trauma was the catalyst to Amber's passion, and drive to create her school.  Her background in theatre, education along with Drama Therapy will provide a unique experience for the young ladies and give them the chance to dream big and work towards their goals.

Research Interest

  • At-risk teen girls
  • African-American families
  • African American cultural dynamics
  • Children in the foster care system
  • Drama Therapy and positive emotional growth and change