About Us


Sobha Kavanakudiyil

Elizabeth Dunn-Ruiz
Jan Valle
Adjunct Faculty:
Kelly Brady
Paul Brewster
Durell Cooper
Sasha Dobos-Czarnacho
Robert Ellman
Amanda Gronich
Michelle Minnick
Jennifer Nelson
Karen Ougthred
Jeff Poulin
Wendy Rojas
Lisanne Shaffer
Spica Wobbe

Advisory Board

The Graduate Program in Educational Theatre is committed in developing quality Theater Practitioners. The Advisory Board is comprised of leaders in the field of Theatre Education.

Our current Advisory Board Members are:

Dr. Jennifer Katona
Founder of the Graduate Program in Educational Theatre
Visual and Performing Arts Senior Manager for the Norwalk Public Schools, CT

Kati Koerner,
Director of Education, Lincoln Center Theate

David Willenger,
Professor in the Theatre Department, The City College of New York

Jonothan Neelands,
Professor of Creative Education, University of Warwick

Cecily O'Neill,
International Expert on Process Drama and Drama in Education

Nilaja Sun,
Actress, Playwright and Teaching Artist

Keeshon Morrow,
Theatre Teacher, Repertory Highs School for Theatre Arts

John Swader,
Theatre Teacher, Hyde Leadership Charter School

Eric Pryor,
President, Harlem School of the Arts

Pam Price,
Principal, PS 161

What are students saying?

Even though I have so much more to learn (and always will), so many more demographics to experience, and many more cultural and societal epiphanies to have, I am so appreciative to the Ed Theatre program and the many people I have interacted with at City College, for providing such priceless insights and strategies that are now becoming second nature.

I've loved being a part of this program!

-Steven Beckingham

The professors and advisors make themselves 100% available to you - the amount of support I feel I have is insurmountable!  Anytime there is a question about an assignment, a class, or the "field" in general, I always get a quick, thought-provoking, and honest response. I feel that the students in the Educational Theatre program are incredibly supportive and appreciative of one another.  Everyone brings something different to the table, and having a strong network of friendly faces and resources is almost as beneficial as the degree itself!  

The great thing about Educational Theatre is that it combines two fields in which you are constantly learning - Education and the Performing Arts.  You never stop growing, developing, or discovering new elements in either topic, which is the most exciting aspect. CCNY's program has provided the fuel for me to continuously be inquiring and reflecting upon what I do.  

- Alyi Cahill

What our students are doing?

Graduate Candidates in the Program in Educational Theatre explore their artistry while developing their pedagogy. Here is a list of the research and development being done:

Content Research Seminar

Research is done in this class as candidates write a final thesis paper. Previous topics have included:

  • An ethno drama exploring the preference for digital communication in teenagers

  • A case study investigating social development and linguistic growth in primary school students through the use of Shakespeare

  • Utilizing newspaper theater to explore perceptions of the college admissions process in a 10th grade theater classroom

  • The effect of parody and satire on perceptions of disability

  • A study examining the effects of using drama with individuals with autism, both in the theater and in the classroom.

  • Exploring self efficacy with adolescents through devised theater

Drama as a Learning Medium

All of the work done in this class incorporated and combined subject matter with the arts. A key point is that both curriculums were taught, both the subject matter and theatre skills. The subject matter was used as source material to teach. Here is a list of curriculum created:

  • A Mantle of the Expert piece around The Crucible and the Salem Witch Trials

  • A Mantle of the Expert piece teaching a science unit

  • A Mantle of the Expert piece teaching Romeo and Juliet

  • A Process Drama piece exploring Irish Immigration

  • An Image Theatre exploring censorship and how children feel censored

  • A Newspaper Theatre exploring media around the world and how the media interprets political elections

Drama in Education

Candidates researched different theatre practitioners in the field of theatre education where they synthesized class discussions, experiences, readings and research to support their own teaching philosophy. Here is a list of some of the research done in this course:

  • From Dewey to Dorothy, a paper comparing the theories and practice of John Dewey and Dorothy Heathcote.

  • Boal and the Government, a paper examining the work of Augusto Boal and how it can impact social change beginning in a classroom environment.

  • Using Ethno Drama to Understand History, a paper outlining the importance of Ethno Drama and examining how it can be used to study History in a classroom.