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High Stakes, High Stress: The Performer’s Mental Toolbox With Sarah Borg - Details

Registration for this event is open from: 24 Jul 2017 09:00:00 - 24 Aug 2017 22:00:00
Where: State Theatre Centre of WA, Rehearsal Space 2, 174 William Street, Perth 6000 ().
Date: 26 Aug 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
Time: 13:00:00 - 15:00:00
Event description:

The day-to-day life of the actor can involve coping with slings and arrows from all directions. Being able to manage the stresses and mental roller coasters of our industry in helpful ways can be one step towards cultivating a sustainable and fulfilling career.

This workshop will explore stress in the life of the actor and aim to better understand how individual patterns might influence us for better or for worse. We will look at evidence-based and practical strategies for responding to stress in helpful and sustainable ways, and engage in mindfulness activities that are tailored for performers. We’ll also consider how to apply this work to creative processes, including character development and plot analysis work.

A joint initiative of the Equity Foundation and the newly founded Equity Wellness Committee (EWC), this workshop will be an opportunity to discuss the concepts of mental health and wellbeing in the life of the professional performer, and hear more about initiatives of the EWC. This event is free of charge for WA Equity members. Please ensure you register to attend if you intend to take part.

Bio of host:
Sarah's experience in the performance industry began with a bit of board treading at WAAPA (Acting, 2004) and Curtin University's Hayman Theatre. Then came further training with Song of the Goat Theatre in Poland and over a decade of performance work across stage and screen. While struggling to navigate the realities of being a working actor, Sarah began studying clinical psychology and found herself in the midst of a career shift. Now a registered psychologist, Sarah splits her time between working in community clinical mental health settings and her role as Principal Psychologist with Green Room Psychology. Sarah is also currently co-chair of MEAA’s Equity Wellness Committee. Some of Sarah’s favourite recent work includes exploring personality dysfunction with a theatre ensemble; advising on the psychology of trauma to help a specific character development prep; and supporting professional creatives to cultivate emotional safety in their performance processes.