Maria Hodermarska (Co-Principal Investigator/Collaborator) is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT), a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT) Board Certified Trainer of Drama Therapy (BCT), a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (ICADAC). Her work spans both the therapeutic and applied uses of the theater arts most often within community-based mental health programs and alcohol/substance abuse treatment programs serving un-served or under-served populations. Ms. Hodermarska has been teaching in the Graduate Program in Drama Therapy at NYU Steinhardt since 1995. She is the former Ethics Chair and Education Chair for the North American Drama Therapy Association. .Ms. Hodermarska is the coordinator of creative arts therapies for Project Common Bond an international symposium for young people who have lost a family member to an act of terror. She has is the proud recipient of two teaching awards from NYU.
Cecilia Dintino (Co-Principal Investigator/Collaborator) is a clinical psychologist and drama therapist. Dr. Dintino is an Adjunct Instructor in the NYU Program in Drama Therapy and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She works as a supervising clinical psychologist for Columbia University’s Specialty Clinics, where she utilizes supportive, behavioral, mindfulness based interventions in both group and individual therapy. Dr. Dintino also has a private practice in NYC, where she provides integrative treatment to individuals suffering from emotional and mood disorders, anxiety and personality disorders. Dr. Dintino has extensive experience and expertise in the therapeutic use of creative arts in the holistic treatment of individuals and communities. She is a faculty member of the Institutes for the Arts in Psychotherapy. Most recently, with Emilie Ward, she is co-founder, and co-facilitator of Drama Lab NYC, a therapeutic performance company.
Nick Brunner (Director) is currently working as a Recovery Counselor for Goodwill Industries of New York/New Jersey. Nick holds a BA in Culture Studies from Indiana University and an MA in Drama Therapy from New York University. He has experience working in various capacities with children and adults living with mental illness and also individuals with developmental disabilities. Nick is also a theatre artist who has written, performed, and directed pieces of original theatre in San Francisco, New York, and in the Midwest. He is interested in creating new works of therapeutic theatre that both challenge and vitalize the communities they serve.
Alec Silberblatt (Playwright) is a playwright and actor and is very excited to be working on this project with such lovely people. Plays include: Room for One (Middle Voice Theater Company), A Friend (Rising Phoenix Rep’s Cino Nights), Norway, The Lone Soldier, Corners (Finalist in Throughline Theater’s Playwright Competition). He is the Playwriting Lab Assistant at MCC Theater’s Youth Company and is a member of the Middle Voice Theater Company. Training: BFA, Acting CCM.
Ming Yuan Low (Music Therapist) , M.A., MT-BC, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapist, is currently working as the Research and Technical Assistant and Clinician at the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy in New York University. Low has recently presented on the application of music in children’s stories, and music therapy with children with ASD. His research interests at the center are currently focused on the effects of group music therapy on adult clients with developmental disabilities and the clinical utilization of musical theater composition techniques. In his spare time, Low accompanies and conducts community musical theater productions.
Lindsey Snyder (Production Stage Manager) is a second year masters candidate in Drama Therapy at New York University. She is the Production Stage Manager for As Performance therapeutic theatre series at NYU and involved in the development and process of Rule Breaking.
Ethan Jones (Collaborator) is a college student at Kingsborough Community College with interest in the arts, music and writing. He is also an activist. Ethan has performed with AMAS Community Theater and keeps a blog about his life and art which can be found at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lily Houghton (Collaborator) is a young playwright born and raised in Manhattan. By the age of nineteen she is written three full length plays as well as numerous ten minute festival plays. She has had workshop productions at MCC Theatre Company in their young writer’s festival Fresh Play as well as assistant directed for the festival the following year. Lily is currently mentored by playwright Lucy Thurber, who she studied with at MCC Theatre Youth Company her senior year of high school. Currently Lily is studying playwriting, with teachers Sherry Kramer and John Walsh, and developmental psychology at Bennington College. Her essay on autism awareness was published last year in Teen Ink’s anti bullying book and she was awarded for her advocacy work from both Autism Speaks and the Beacon High School. Lily has worked with companies and places such as The Miracle Project, Signature Theatre Company, MCC Theater, Reading Opens Minds, and The O’Neill Theater. Her writing has appearing in MCC’s “Uncensored” four years in a row off-Broadway at the Women’s Project Theater and Theatre Row. Her plays specifically on autism have set her apart from the crowd, particularly at such a young age.
Craig Becker (Collaborator) is Graduate of the University of Illinois with a Master’s degree in Speech Pathology. Craig is Associate Director of Residential Services AHRC-NYC, supporting men and women with intellectual disabilities.
Delia Camden (Collaborator) is a proud transgender female activist who is currently employed at the Betty Pendler New York League Work Center. She wants to be respected as a woman and wants to have people use the proper female pronouns. In her spare time, she loves shopping at thrift stores and going to libraries where she enjoys films and TV shows that champion LGBTQ issues. Her favorite is Transamerica.
Henry Houghton (Collaborator) is a young New Yorker with an interest in theater. He has performed at The Child School, AMAS Musical Theater, and the After Work Theater. He is extremely excited to be a part of this project. When Henry isn’t acting he is hanging out in his new apartment or working at the Museum of Natural History.
Bernardo Carlucci (Collaborator) has learning disabilities and loves to belong to theatre groups that work together to put on a show. He is good at practical jokes, playing drums and planning parties.
Gabriella Rhodeen (Collaborator) grew up in the Northeast as the youngest of five. Her oldest brother (nineteen years her senior) is on the autism spectrum. She received her BFA in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts and has recently move back to Brooklyn. Recent U.S. credits include: Niko in Untethered directed by Jen Bloom, Yelena in I Should Have a Party for all the Thoughts I Didn’t Say with Source Material, Hanna in Dedicated to a True Lover (and therefore probably nobody) directed by Zoe Aja Moore, Scheherezade in Layla Means Night directed and choreographed by Rosanna Gamson, Marie in In The Jungle of Cities directed by Bart De Lorenzo, and Phoebe in As You Like It directed by Kenn Sabberton. International credits include: Yelena in I Should Have a Party… with Source Material in Reykjavik, Maud/Victoria in Cloud 9 with The Moving Arts Collective directed by Fernando Belo in Belgium and The Widow in Old Boyfriends directed and choreographed by Oleg Glushkov in Moscow.
Bryant Reynolds (Collaborator) is a student at Borough of Manhattan Community College studying video arts and technology. He has performed with Amas Musical Theater Company. He is currently making a film about people who are living with different disabilities.
Maya Rose Hormadaly (Collaborator) Maya is a second year graduate student in the drama therapy program at NYU. She has lived most of her life in Israel, and has received her acting and directing training in the beautiful Tel Aviv. In addition, Maya is a published playwright and musician. Her play, “Concerta for Eight” is a musical about learning disabilities and is currently presenting in Israel’s national theater, “Habima”. She is currently interning at Kings County Hospital and the Nordoff Robert’s Center. She is also Dave’s sister who continually challenges her and expands her heart.
Noa Fort (Collaborator) Ms. Fort holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in jazz performance. She performs throughout Israel, Europe and the US, and has recently recorded her debut album. Ms. Fort is currently completing her clinical internship requirements at Kings County Hospital where she uses music therapy experiences to help people with mental illnesses in their recovery process.