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Britton Williams

Adjunct Faculty

Music and Performing Arts Professions

Britton Williams, MA, RDT, LCAT, holds a master’s degree in Drama Therapy (NYU), and is a registered drama therapist and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings including: schools, residential treatment facilities, domestic violence shelters, day treatment programs, and acute care. She currently works in private practice in New York City with adults and adolescents.

Britton’s work also extends to non-clinical settings. In this capacity, she uses drama therapeutic techniques with organizations, companies, schools, and universities to help guide and facilitate discussions on: cultural humility and awareness; implementing creativity in the workday for increased employee engagement, team-building, and productivity; and self-care.

Britton has published and presented on: the impact of assumptions, biases, and stereotypes on individuals, relationships and communities; creative and embodied approaches to clinicians’ self-assessment; and developing a relational-role theory framework and protocol. She is interested in processes that allow students and clinicians to use drama therapeutic and other creative interventions to illuminate and challenge their implicit assumptions in support of just practice. Britton is pursuing her doctoral degree in the PhD Program in Social Welfare at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Degrees Held:

Student Scholarship Award, Lilah Hilliard Fisher Scholarship for academic excellence, professionalism and leadership, Drama Therapy Program, NYU (2011)

Cross-Cultural Awareness for Creative Arts Therapy and Arts Education
Internship in Drama Therapy



  • Williams, B., & Trottier, D.G. (in press). Queering the conversation: Facilitating dialogues on LGBTQ microaggressions and systems of oppression. In B. MacWilliam, D.G. Trottier, K. Long, & B. T. Harris (Eds.), Creative arts therapies and the LGBTQ community: Theory and Practice. London: Jessica Kingsley.
  • Trottier, D. G, & Williams, B. (in press). Exploring social justice and dismantling dominant narratives through creative arts peer supervision. In B. MacWilliam, D.G. Trottier, K. Long, & B. T. Harris (Eds.), Creative arts therapies and the LGBTQ community: Theory and Practice. London: Jessica Kingsley.
  • Landis, H., Williams, B., Creative Arts Based Approaches to Working with Adolescent Resistance. In Haen, C., & Webb, B. (in press). In Creative Arts-Based Group Therapy with Adolescents: Theory and Practice

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Williams, B. M. (2018), ‘Unapologetically black: Seven questions and poems that explore how race performs in clinical practice’, Drama Therapy Review, 4:2, pp. 223–32.
  • Williams, B. M. (2017), ‘Role power: Using role theory in support of ethical practice’, Drama Therapy Review, 3: 1, pp. 131–48.
  • Williams, B. M. (2016), ‘Minding our own biases: Using drama therapeutic tools to identify and challenge assumptions, biases and stereotypes’, Drama Therapy Review, 2: 1, pp. 9–23.

Research Interests

  • Bias in Clinical Practice
  • Role Theory
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Relational-Cultural Theory
  • Critical Pedagogy in the Creative Arts Therapies
  • Trauma-Informed Drama Therapy
  • Ethics in Clinical Practice


Drama Therapy

Translate your theatre skills and love for improvisation into culturally responsible, creative, and effective care in hospitals, shelters, schools, and more.