Theatre for Healthcare Equity (T.H.E.)
T.H.E. uses principles of Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed. The training utilizes theater techniques to build community and interpersonal skills, equipping participants with actionable methods to intercede and advocate for effective communication between patients, clinicians, and medical staff.
Representation, Equity, and Diversity Co-Chair:
KCACTF Region 6
Adriana (she/ella) is an Assistant Professor of Theatre and focuses on excluded and underrepresented groups in the performing arts. She has published with Chicana/Latina Studies, The Journal of Latina Critical Feminism, Camino Real, ETUDES, and Theatre Topics. Recent and upcoming projects include: Heroes & Saints, And Then Came Tango, Real Women Have Curves, Luna, El Toro y La Nina, A Christmas Carol, en la Frontera, and Cenicienta which received the Directors’ Choice Award at the Regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Adriana serves as chair for the Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) and Scholarship committees for the Department of Theatre and Dance at UTEP, was appointed to the Provost’s Faculty Fellows Program for 2022-2023, and was named Educator of the Year for Higher Education by the Texas Educational Theatre Association in 2020.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics Board Certified, Pediatrics Board Certified, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Medical Director Neonatal Transport Team, El Paso Children’s Hospita
Dr. Chheda is a board certified pediatrician and a board certified neonatologist who has been in practice for over 20 years.
Dr. Chheda completed her medical education at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She worked there before moving to the UK where she completed a diploma at the London School of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene and went on to work for the National Health Services (NHS) before moving to the USA.
In the USA, she completed her pediatric residency and neonatology fellowship at UTMB-Galveston. Her research was in nutrition, immunology and the maternal fetal dyad where she continues to be involved, co-authoring a chapter on “Immunology of Human Milk” in the “Fetal and Neonatal Physiology” textbook (editors: Polin, Abman , Rowitch and. Benitz) MD). She is currently serving as a contributor to the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Transport Medicine’s Guidelines for Air and Ground Transport of Neonatal and Pediatric Patients, (5th edition) on Mode of Transport and Quality Management chapters.
She obtained program development and program management skills once she moved to El Paso and helped developed the first ECMO program at Columbia HCA, the first neonatal & pediatric transport team in the region and a multi- and inter-disciplinary educational conference.
Dr. Chheda believes in bidirectional community involvement & engagement. She has sat on various local and regional boards. In that role, she was part of the founding board for El Paso Children's Hospital (EPCH) where she was responsible for bringing together a core group of faculty from TTUHSC & UTEP to develop a Theatre of Healthcare Equity, utilizing Theatre of the Oppressed methodology to address healthcare disparities, specifically in the areas of bias, prejudice, and stereotyping.
She currently chairs the Medical staff& Hospital quality committee at EPCH, serves as the Neonatal Transport Medical Director at EPCH and is the vice-chair of Texas HHS Perinatal Advisory Committee. She also serves as a neonatal surveyor for the Texas Neonatal Designation Program.
Department of Anesthesiology
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso
Director of Theatre
Associate Professor of Theatre
Kim McKean is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Director of Theatre programs at the University of Texas at El Paso, where her research involves new plays and new play development. Kim has published about her work developing new plays in Theatre Topics and ETUDES and in the book Undergraduate Research in Theatre (Routledge), and has received funding to develop new work from the National Endowment of the Arts, Humanities Texas, and through the Career Enhancement Award at UTEP. Kim was a finalist for the National Director’s Fellowship program through the O’Neill, and has received several national and regional directing recognitions including: “Best of 2019 in Chicago Theatre,” and “Outstanding Direction of a Play, Outstanding Artistic Direction, and Meritorious Achievement in Directing” from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Her short film The Arrangements, was a finalist for “Best of the Borderland” at the Borderscene Film Festival, and her latest film MONAH is currently in the film festival circuit. Kim received a BA in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MFA from the University of California-Irvine, and is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association. AT UTEP, Kim teaches classes in acting, directing, and devising, and serves on several committees including the JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion) committee and the Season Selection committee.
Chair and Professor
Head of Lighting and Sound Design
Department of Theatre and Dance
The University of Texas at El Paso