Andrew Gaines, PhD, LCAT, RDT-BCT is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of theatre, communication, and drama therapy. Dr. Gaines investigates and creates performances as a means towards building empathy and visibility, particularly for those who have been marginalized and disenfranchised. His dissertation examined the therapeutic implications of creative arts programming at an LGBT senior center. Dr. Gaines has published with Routledge, Research in Drama Education: Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, Teaching Artist Journal, p-e-r-f-o-r-m-a-n-c-e, served as the Assistant Editor for Theatre Topics journal, and is peer-reviewer for Drama Therapy Review and Arts in Psychotherapy journals. Dr. Gaines also had a previous career as a professional performing artist, playwright, and director including stage, film, and television. In addition to 12+ years working in private practice and psychiatric hospitals, Andrew accrued over 20 years experience as a teaching artist and was the Artistic Director of FACES Teen Health Education Theater at Maimonides Medical Center. Visit www.kindergartentruck.com to learn about the community-engaged theatre project that earned NADTA’s 2017 Performance Award.