Ellie Irwin, PhD, RDT, TEP, began her career as a drama therapist at the Pittsburgh Child Guidance Center. Currently in private practice, she teaches, supervises, and consults with play and arts therapists as well as residents in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, where she is a Clinical Assistant Professor. A registered drama therapist, licensed psychologist, and certified as a Trainer, Educator and Practitioner in Psychodrama, Ellie is a recipient of the Schattner Award from the National Association for Drama Therapy (now the North American Drama Therapy Association), which she helped to co-found in 1979. She is also a certified Child and Adult Training and Supervising Analyst at the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center, where she served as a Past-President. Ellie has taught numerous clinical courses, made films about the creative arts, and has written extensively about aspects of theory and practice in treatment. With Judy Rubin, she co-founded Expressive Media in 1985.