I graduated with an MA in Drama Therapy from Kansas State University in the summer of 2016. I recently moved back to Kuwait as the first drama therapist in the country where I have been raising awareness about the power of the arts in the healing process. I found that drama therapy is helpful for clients dealing with anxiety, depression, family relational issues, life’s transitions, and trauma. Techniques like storytelling, role play, and improvisation allow clients to explore and express their feelings.
Trained and certified as an Autism Specialist and an Intensive Individual Support (IIS) Provider, I have worked extensively with children and teenagers with autism spectrum diagnoses. I enjoy creating and conducting drama workshops that improve communication skills, promote creativity, and encourage self-expression between staff in corporate settings. My training in mediation and conflict resolution has come in handy with most groups, especially at the juvenile detention center for girls where I currently volunteer.
Kansas State University, Manhattan Kansas
M.A. Theatre with concentration in Drama Therapy; 2016.
American University of Kuwait, magna cum laude
Double B.A. Social and Behavioral Science (concentration in Anthropology) & English Literature; 2008.
Drama Therapist, Bayt Abdullah Children’s Hospice; Sulaibikhat, Kuwait — December 2016—Present
I work with a multidisciplinary team to provide psychosocial services for children with life limiting or life threatening illnesses who reside in Kuwait, and their families. I provide a safe space for patients to explore and identify their strengths through imaginative play, dramatic games, storytelling, and artwork.
Plan, develop, implement marketing strategies, communications, and public relations activities, both external and internal. Direct the efforts of the marketing staff and oversee development of support materials and services.
Social Community Executive, Impact and Echo; Sharq, Kuwait — 2012—2013
Monitor and manage social media platforms for key client. Develop marketing campaigns, present reports with analysis and executive summaries, implement, revise, and update client’s strategies, blogger outreach and CSR programs.
Assistant to Head Curators, Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah; Kuwait — 2010–2012
Publication, exhibitions, overall care and management of objects. Certified in Museum Management through University of Durham (2011). Experience in private tours for foreign dignitaries.
Communications Specialist, Tony Blair Associates; Kuwait City, Kuwait — 2010
Media monitoring and analysis for ‘Kuwait Vision 2035’, a report about Kuwait’s political and economic future.
- Assistant Director, American Tet – Kansas State University, 2015
- Assistant Director; Bustown — Kansas State University, 2015
- Director; Miss Julie — Kansas State University, 2014
- Co-director; A Doll’s House adaptation – American University of Kuwait, 2010
- Co-director; Waiting for Godot – American University of Kuwait, 2010
- Stage manager; Much Ado about Nothing — American University of Kuwait, 2007
Academic and professional references are available upon request.