Caroline Ferrante creates SEL, trauma-informed, arts-integrated curriculum for Beyond Admitted, where she is Academic Director. She leads “Songs for Humanity” and “Acts of Empathy” classes with students in Mississippi, California, and Delaware, and across the world. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education, Curriculum & Instruction.
Her passion is to integrate the arts into trauma-informed pedagogy among underserved students.
“I am a better artist when I teach, and I am a better educator when I am creating. The tension between left and right brain is my zone.”
Ferrante is also an award-winning actor and Singer-Songwriter. She studied theater and voice at Northwestern University and played the leading role in "Rain Follows the Plow: A Dust Opera" at DC's Atlas Performing Arts Center, to national acclaim.
‘Caroline Ferrante (Ruth) makes the strongest vocal impression, and …. (relays) stories and emotions in a natural, organic way. Her crystal-clear voice and no kidding lyric interpretation skills made "Impossible Sky" and "Can It Be?" two of the highlights for me.’
Cabbage Run Records signed Ferrante for her debut release, “Live from the Belfry” in 2014. The following year she began her artist-in-residency at D.C.’s O Street Mansion, where she explored the inclusivity of Americana music on her “Americana Radio Show”. She shared the microphone with Mark Bryan (Hootie & the Blowfish), Tom Constanten (Grateful Dead), Jack Tempchin (The Eagles), and Grammy Award-winner Paul Williams.
Ferrante conducted academic research while leading songwriting workshops at the Montgomery College Writing Center. She found
“…correlations between creative writing and increased student self-efficacy, English Language Learner confidence, and perceived writing competence across domains.”
She presented her findings at Drexel University’s Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association Conference in March 2016.
In 2018 Ferrante collaborated with producer Austin Bello on The Empathy Project- exploring the power of empathy, and the perspective that comes with seeing things from the “flip side”. The Empathy Project was funded by a grant from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Maryland and In Honor of Her, Inc.
Currently, Ferrante is founding director of Songwriters Against Sexual Assault, and holds annual trauma informed writing workshops on college campuses. Ferrante is also a teaching artist with Wolf Trap Foundation, Young Audiences of Maryland, and the Adventure Theatre Musical Theatre Academy.