Theater and Storytelling Workshop Design and Facilitation
I create and facilitate customized workshop experiences using theater and storytelling tools for any audience and organization. These versatile methods can be applied to almost any kind of setting and goal. Past and current clients include Scituate Education Foundation, Barnstable County Substance Abuse Council, the National First Event Transgender Conference, Creative Outlets at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, and Ostiguy Recovery High School, among many others.
Facilitation of Recovery Coach Academy and Related Courses
As a certified facilitator, I've taught CCAR's Recovery Coach Academy alongside their Executive Director, Phil Valentine, and I'm certified and available to facilitate CCAR's full suite of Recovery Coach courses, including Ethics and Boundaries, Professionalism, Spirituality, Emergency Department, and Basics.
Creator and Founder of Phoenix Tales Recovery Storytelling
Along with my mentor, Andrea Lovett, we created a storytelling curriculum designed specifically for the addiction recovery community, using the art of storytelling to enhance advocacy efforts and bring empowerment, connection and healing to both storytellers and audiences. At this time, there is no other program doing this work. Recovery Storytelling will be offered virtually through CCAR in the fall of 2020, and it continues to grow, having been highlighted at The National Recovery Conference in 2019, slated for 2020, and in development for the University of Connecticut. It is also being adapted for other populations.
Actor, Teaching Artist and Playwright for Improbable Players
Improbable Players uses theater performances and workshops to address substance use disorder, reducing stigma, opening conversations, and portraying the addiction and recovery process honestly. All of the actors are in long term recovery. I've been an actor and teaching artist working in middle and high schools since 2017, and I co-wrote and directed our 35th anniversary fundraising gala performance in 2019. I'm currently co-writing a play focused on the Stages of Change, designed for recovery audiences, with the amazing Elizabeth Addison.
Teaching Artist, Facilitator and Advisor for Creative Outlets at Cape Cod Museum of Art
Creative Outlets is a program for 12-16 year-olds based in the belief that the arts can be a conduit to increased self-awareness, emotional expression, and resiliency. Youth can engage in four-hour workshops on Sunday afternoons at the museum, April through October, with teaching artists, peer mentors, and professional clinical facilitators. Workshops range from theater and storytelling, to wicked messy art, to cooking and gardening. It uses a proven substance abuse prevention curriculum to inform the process. Starting in 2017, in its first year, I've been a teaching artist, facilitator and advisor to this phenomenal program.