Keith Whipple, MA, RDT
About The Author:
Keith is a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT) with the North American Drama Therapy Association. He graduated DePaul University’s Theater School with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting, then earned his Master’s in Therapeutic and Educational Drama from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Keith has worked in correctional institutions of every type throughout North America, England, Scotland and Ireland with Geese Theater Company using methods influenced by Italian Commedia and Augusto Boal’s Image and Forum Theatres. He has applied theater techniques to empower Chicago’s immigrant population through Casa Guatemala, Heartland Alliance, and the Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture.
He completed training at the Psychodrama Training Institute of Chicago and interned at Columbia Lakeshore Hospital. Keith co-authored and published a paper with speech therapists of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago entitled, “Waiting on the Words”: Procedures and Outcomes of a Drama Class for Individuals with Aphasia. He is a veteran stage actor who has performed and taught improvisation at Chicago’s ComedySportz Theatre for nearly two decades.
Carla Nasca, Ph.D., is a post-doctoral fellow of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in the laboratory of Neuroendocrinology at the Rockefeller University, New York. Dr. Nasca received her B.A. in Molecular Biology and her M.S. in Electrophysiology from the University of Palermo in Italy. She earned her Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Pharmacology from the University Sapienza in Rome, Italy, before moving to The Rockefeller University under the mentorship of Dr. Bruce McEwen.