Conference Chairs: Craig Flickinger & Jarred Sharar
Program Chairs: Angelle Cook-Bascom & Stephanie Wichmann
Craig Flickinger, MA, RDT, LCAT, is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist who currently works with young adults with developmental disabilities to help them achieve or maintain levels of independence and reinforce life skills. With his clients he has produced and directed multiple variety shows incorporating mediums such as puppetry, masks, improvisation, dance, song, scene work, and poetry.
Craig believes that honest and open communication is very important for our relationships and that if we as therapists or our clients are to ever be our best selves we need to utilize our voices and make ourselves heard.
Craig supports LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, and gender equality. Since Hillary Clinton’s devastating loss for the presidency Craig has been compelled to fight harder than before, marching in the 2017 Women’s March in NYC. He has been working on writing a book that is part-memoir and part-social commentary, revolving around the women who have influenced his life and the unfortunate double standards the patriarchy places on women.
Craig is a Registered Drama Therapist and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist.
Craig holds a Masters degree in Drama Therapy from Concordia University. Additionally, Craig is a performer and writer, having written full-length plays and in the midst of writing the aforementioned book. Craig is also a true-crime podcast enthusiast, often speaks in random quotes/pop culture references from movies and television, and is on the hunt for the world’s best chicken parmigiana.
Jarred Sharar is a Drama Therapist who works with students across three educational sites at Cooke Center for Learning and Development. Jarred believes Drama Therapy offers a creative outlet for personal development, despite disability or illness. He is vice president of the Tri-State Chapter of the NADTA. Every summer he facilitates a weeklong holistic camp in Haiti with Jacobs Color Link Initiative for 75 young people with disabilities. He holds a Master of Arts in Drama Therapy from New York University.
Angelle Cook, MA, RDT, is a Drama Therapist and Program Director with “A Place To Be” who works with teens and adults with mental health challenges, as well as teens and young adults with various developmental and medical challenges such as ASD, TBI, CP and Lyme disease, to name a few, through a multi-model performance based approach, individual sessions, and therapeutic/social group work.
Angelle believes that the therapeutic arts can uniquely cut the heart of a matter and transform lives and that utilizing a performance-based model helps both the participants and the audience.
Angelle is a founding member of “The Same Sky Project,” method, a multi-model performance-based approach that promotes understanding and empathy for those with disabilities and mental health challenges through performance. With the Same Sky Project, the cast members, made up of performers with various developmental, intellectual, medical, and mental health challenges, have seen over 50,000 audience members! We have been the keynote at the National Music Therapy conference in Kansas City as well as the keynote at a National Institutes for Health conference. We have received multiple grants for The Same Sky Project and are currently being partially funded by our local counties school district to bring our shows, “Behind the Label” and “A Will To Survive,” to every middle and high school student within the next two years.
Angelle holds a Masters degree for Emerson College in Theatre Education. She also completed the Alterative Track training program with the NADTA in order to receive her RDT credentials and become a Drama Therapist. She is currently a PhD student at Lesley University, where she will earn a degree in Expressive Arts Therapy. Additionally, Angelle is an actress, singer, and writer who is seeking publication for her latest two novels.
Stephanie Wichmann, MSW, LICSW, RDT, is a registered drama therapist, clinical social worker, trainer, and consultant. She has worked in hospitals and social service settings with clients across the lifespan. Areas of specialization include working with clients and families affected by illness such as eating disorders, dementia and cancer. Stephanie is also passionate about working with youth with learning differences and military families. She has facilitated drama therapy and humor for change workshops with incarcerated adults, youth involved with juvenile justice and youth experiencing homelessness.
Stephanie believes that sharing one’s personal/community story can inspire individual & social change through connection, creativity and collaboration.
Local favorite projects have included workshops and performances by Gorilla Theater (drama programs for homeless youth) with the agency Outside In. An ethnographic theater project with formerly incarcerated women called “Count Time, Count Time” & “Women in Comedy” workshops with currently incarcerated women who wrote, directed, and performed their own comedic pieces. Stephanie hopes to do more ethnodramatherapy projects with marginalized voices from the Pacific NW to create communities of healing and social change.
She is passionate about humor for change and performs (improv, sketch, and stand up) in the Portland, OR area.
She received her Master of Social Work Degree in 2005 from Portland State University. Stephanie was an Alternative Training Student and received her RDT through the NADTA in 2014. Currently, Stephanie is adjunct faculty at the SoCal Drama Therapy Center and former adjunct faculty at Antioch University in Seattle, WA.