NAME: Nicholson Billey  
NATION: Choctaw/Creek/Delaware  
DISCIPLINE: Drama Therapist  


Originally from Oklahoma, Nic received his B.F. A. in Dance Pedagogy in 1984 from the University of Oklahoma where he performed in numerous dance, theater, and musical theater productions as well as in summer stock musical theater productions.

In New York City, Nic has performed with a variety of small downtown modern dance companies, participated in several American Indian Community House (AICH) "Indian Summer" productions, performed with the Canadian Native Arts Foundation and voice overs which included Reading Rainbow.

As a former AICH Community Health Representative (CHR), Nic created the first Native American education/ prevention/ outreach performances presentation, "Drum Lives," (1990) that focused on the unapologetically addressed numerous Native American issues such as HIV/AIDS, the physical, emotional and sexual abuses, substances abuse, generational trauma, loss of culture, oppression, homophobia, etc. It was this presentation that later influenced Nic to obtain his M.A. in Drama Therapy from New York University.

As the first full blood Registered Drama Therapist (RDT), Nic currently provides drama therapeutically based group and individual therapy on the adult inpatient psychiatric 9 East Discharge Readiness Unit at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. Nic has also worked with other populations that include MICA, the chemically addicted, L/G/B/T, and HIV/AIDS.