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As people, we all have stories. And as actors, we tell stories constantly. I first told mine over five years ago. Not only to myself, but to complete strangers and New York theatregoers. Fresh out of my 27th surgery, I performed words from journal entries I wrote years ago as a way to pass the time between the endless series of medical interventions. Every time I “perform” what happened to me, I find myself somehow transformed in the process.
Theatre has the power to change lives, both for those directly involved and those who watch. Theatre teaches us we’re capable of anything – and usually tells us this at times we need it most. And that’s why theatre is the best mental health resource I can think of.
10 Ways Theatre Proves We’re Capable of Anything
Performing theatre showed me what I’m capable of, but more importantly, that we are all capable of understanding each other. That’s how theatre creates empathy, fights stigma, and creates a world based on compassion.
Now get out there, see a show, do a dance, and make your mark on this world.
Amy will be performing Gutless & Grateful, her one woman musical on February 5th and March 26th in NYC at the Metropolitan Room. If you’d like to perform Gutless & Grateful as a student, send a playwright inquiry. Learn about her mental health & leadership programs for students, and find out how to take part in the #LoveMyDetour movement, fighting stigma with stories
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