Miriam Leah (Droz) Gamliel studied musical theater under Kenneth Gargaro, the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, Carnegie Mellon pre-college, and Penn State University musical theater BFA program, and performed leading roles throughout high school and college. In 1999, Miriam halted her pursuit of performing arts for commitment to religion. In 2006, within her new religious framework, she directed a musical for women only, A, My Name is Alice, coordinated a showcase for Professional Women’s Theater, and began the formation of ATARA. She chaired the 2007-2012 conferences along with Esther Leah Marchette and Yocheved Polonsky, and 2016-2017 conferences along with Henya Storch. In 2009 she directed a women-only feature film, The House on Riverside, and from 2010-2013 produced music events for women and ran the ASHIRA after school program at Shulamith School for Girls in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a BA in Theater and English from Barnard College, as well as an MLIS (Library & Information Science), MA in Jewish Studies, and is currently an EdD candidate in school administration at the Azrieli Graduate School for Jewish Education working on a dissertation on the needs of creatively gifted students.