Maya Ercole is a PhD candidate within the Creative Arts Therapies Research Unit (CATRU) at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Concurrent with her research project she is currently assisting the curriculum development of the upcoming Masters in Creative Arts Therapies at (University of Melbourne). She trained as a Dramatherapist at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, UK and worked in a variety of clinical and community settings across Education, Mental Health and Aged Care. Her current research is using a critical lens to explore older adults’ experiences of life in aged care through Dramatherapy. Maya is passionate about the role that creative arts therapies play in social change across the spectrum of practice and education.