Do you ever have that moment when you feel like your experience culminates into one clear moment or direction?

Flashback to me- fresh out of highschool, accepted into first year of University, with a passion for both Psychology and Theatre. 

I remember friends saying: “But why would you take Psychology if you want to work in Theatre? 

And now?  Here I am, with lived experience and a professional career in the performing arts and as a certified Addiction Counselor & trauma-informed facilitator that supports diverse groups and needs for psychological safety and wellness.

Full circle moment.

This past year, when I received an email from the Department of Fisheries & Oceans, inquiring about my services to support their employees in a Mental Wellness & Resilience Self Care series…

I was inspired but also acutely aware of how many barriers there seemed to be for those working in Theatre/Film/TV industry to prioritize their Mental health?

Yet, the reality of 2024 is that folks working in rehearsal, on set & in performance spaces are facing a list of complex needs that affects their capacity.  

Things that can affect our capacity: 

  • Mental Illness
  • Neurodivergence
  • Sensory issues
  • Physical disability
  • Chronic illness/pain
  • Postpartum
  • Single parent households
  • Grief and loss
  • Trauma
  • Emotional disorders
  • Caring for small children
  • Caring for special needs individuals
  • Financial distress
  • Abusive relationships
  • Systematic racism & oppression
  • Living through a pandemic

No one has limitless capacity even when the Show must go on… 

And yet, the responsibility of holding space, for example in Theatre,  falls on the role of the Stage Manager who often do not have the time, nor capacity or training to help, support, educate or offer resources/referrals.

Mental health Coordinators are needed more than ever in the Performing Arts Industry.

Let’s talk about how I can help-