B.S. in Communications (Theatre and English), Northwestern University, M.A. Educational Theatre and Secondary English Education, New York University. A strong proponent of the performing arts, Riana spent the majority of her undergraduate career producing and performing in theatre productions as well as completing a Shakespeare-intensive acting program at Oxford University. During her senior year, she stumbled upon an educational creative drama course and quickly developed a love for integrating the performing arts into academic teaching. After following this passion to NYU to study arts in education, Riana found her niche at the Brooklyn School for Music and Theatre, where she has taught a myriad of English and performing arts courses including Advanced Placement English Literature. At BSMT, Riana works as the coordinator of student recruitment, acted as a senior advisor for the Class of 2009, and chairs the School Leadership Team and Library Advisory Council.