After receiving her Masters in Theater Education and K-12 certification from City College of NY, Marielle worked for over a decade within the field of arts education. As a classroom teacher and teaching artist she quickly found a love for supporting other teachers and artists. She developed and implemented curriculum for theater residencies in public and private schools for neurotypical and neurodivergent learners and has spoken nationally on ways to create accessible theater performances/programs. She taught the Inclusivity and the Arts course for graduate students at City College of NY.
In 2020, Marielle received her Masters in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. While at CIIS, she worked as a research assistant and accessibility consultant on disability and inclusion, creating office hours for disabled students, town halls, support groups and led workshops and training for future therapists. She also founded the Play Day Program, rooted in creating community through the arts while removing financial barriers.
As a theater artist, Marielle directed with New Conservatory Theater Center, Boomerang Theatre Company, Flux Theatre Ensemble, Manhattan Theater Source, World Theater Day, and Metropolitan Playhouse. For ten years, she served as the Artistic Director of Adaptive Arts Theater Company, a non-profit theater company using both an educational and production-based model to make theater more accessible to individuals with Invisible Disabilities.
For the past decade, Marielle has been lucky enough to speak around the country on creating accessible theatrical opportunities for disabled individuals. She has collaborated with professional theaters, communities centers, schools, arts education programs, and more on how to make sure accessibility and inclusivity are at the forefront of their minds.
Nowadays, Marielle is a Drama Therapist and Accessibility and Inclusivity Consultant currently living in Philadelphia. As a Therapist, Marielle has worked in private practice, community mental health, school, and milieu settings. Throughout, Marielle has facilitated groups including: Storytelling for Self-Expression, Teacher and Staff Support Groups, Self Care and Coping Skills Groups, Creative Arts/Drama Therapy Support Groups for Disabled Therapists, and more.