An Inspirited Biography
Hi, I’m Ana Bess
Ana Bess is currently in her final semester of the Drama Therapy Masters program at New York University. She sits on the board of the North American of Drama Therapy Association’s student committee. She is currently a drama therapy intern at Access Community Health Center in Manhattan, an outpatient substance abuse clinic. She is also currently consulting as a drama therapy intern for The BETES Organization, which uses theater-driven programming to help patients, families, and health care providers connect and find a deeper understanding of the experience of chronic illness.
In the past she held a position as a drama therapy intern at the VA Hospital in West Haven, CT. There she treated patients in hospice, cancer treatment, and facilitated creative arts groups with veterans with PTSD diagnoses. From 2013-2014 she volunteered in San Quentin Prison, where she co-facilitated group talk therapy with inmates. She worked for the Siren Theatre Project in Oakland, CA as the community liaison, where she helped create, write, and perform local women’s issues.
She is also trained in Playback Theatre, Theatre of the Oppressed, Method Acting, and Restorative Justice facilitation. She is an avid traveler, writer, and gardener. She believes in the healing power of storytelling. She also believes in the importance of community in treating illness. And believes that healed people heal people.
Ana Bess Moyer Bell
2016 MA Candidate in Drama Therapy
Founder, COAAST (Creating Outreach About Addiction Support Together)