Saharra Dixon, a 2018 graduate of the University of Delaware, calls herself the “dramatic health educator.” By using theatre techniques in providing health and wellbeing support to communities during the pandemic, Dixon facilitates behavioral and social change in a time when it’s so vital.

Dixon, a health professional and health educator, earned a bachelor’s degree in health behavior science from UD’s College of Health Sciences, a master’s in educational theatre/applied theatre from New York University and a health education specialist certification.

When coronavirus (COVID-19) exploded in the United States in the spring of 2020, Dixon used theatre to assess new needs bubbling up in communities.

“I felt like communities, especially Black and brown communities, were being forgotten and I wanted to ensure they had proper social support during this time,” she said. “I’ve learned that theatre posits itself as a great tool to center a community’s voice, their wants and their needs.”

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