Myriam Savage (Mimi), PhD RDT-BCT, is a registered drama therapist and a board-certified trainer in her field. She is a board member of the NADTA and chairs regional conference in the western states and was the inaugural So Cal Chapter North American Drama Therapy president for four years. Dr. Savage is a professor at UCLA in the Visual Arts and Performing Arts Education (VAPAE) program where she teaches introduction to expressive therapies. She is a founding faculty member of UCLArts and Healing (SEA) program, instructing professional development for the department of mental health, UCLA medical students and others. She created drama therapy programs for adults and children as part of behavioral health departments in acute psychiatric in-patient units for years and instructed developmentally delayed young adults for the UCLA Pathways program. Mimi developed after-school creative drama programs for acute physically and mentally disabled students through the Los Angeles Unified School District. As author and researcher, her interests have been arts-based inquiry, using drama therapy and digital media with foster and adopted youth. Dr. Savage recently completed leading a two-year drama therapy workshop program for homeless women on Skid row, Los Angeles for a documentary called Game Girls that has gained international interest and awards this year. Dr. Savage previously directed an expressive arts program for young children at a speech and language therapy institute. She lectures, presents at national conferences, and leads workshops.
She received her BA from Princeton University, MA from California State University Los Angeles and Ph.D. from Lesley University. She is the recipient of a Drama Therapy Fund Professional Research grant (2014) as well as a Pilot Study grant (2015) from Lesley University, and she is the author of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on drama therapy. A graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School in New York, her private practice for drama therapy training and supervision in Los Angeles is called SoCal Drama Therapy Center: www.SoCalDramaTherapyCenter.com