Mind Over Matter: True stories about living with mental illness
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    Mind Over Matter:
    True stories about living with mental illness

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    The Atlas Performing Arts Center

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    With humor and honesty, Story District tackles the taboo with this 50 min show about life with a mental illness. In it, we explore what it's like to manage panic attacks, discover that you have a mental illness, spend time in psychiatric hospital care, be married to someone with Dissociative Identity Disorder, and deal with a sibling with multiple diagnoses while teaching others in same situation about how to manage. Q&A will follow performance. Presented as part of Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival. Comments from our first production of this show: Such honesty, humor, and energy. It was truly electric!

     

     

    Mike Kane

    Storyteller

    Mike Kane has told many stories through Story District, and is a two-time Top Shelf performer. When he is not telling stories on the stage, he is an Emmy Award-winning television producer.  He has written and produced multiple shows about mental disorders, including TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive and Discovery Health’s Anxious.  Mike lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife, Cindy, and his two daughters, Grace and Juliette.

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    Katie Kelly

    Storyteller

    Katie Kelly is coming back from nearly a 5-year performance hiatus to join the Mind over Matter show. During her absence from performance, Katie served as a board member to Speakeasy DC and began facilitating mental health classes with NAMI (Northern Virginia Alliance on Mental Illness). She lives with her partner and kiddo in Reston, VA, and works with SCORE helping entrepreneurs and small businesses grow. Story-telling, comedy and mental health are equal passions for Katie and she is proud to be a part of this very honorable show.

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    Joani Peacock

    Storyteller

    Episcopal priest, 20 years. Work at Bishop Payne Library and serve at Emmanuel on High, Alexandria, VA. 10 years certifiably crazy. Balanced and bipolar. Mental Health Evangelist and blogger: Unorthodox& Unhinged: Tales of a Manic Christian. Half marathoner twice over. Washington, DC born and bred. Proud Mother to an indie film maker, non-profit director, and an organic grocer. Out of the bipolar closet to make a difference.

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    Dara Zycherman

    Storyteller

    A native of the DC area, Dara has devoted her career to the environmental field. Most recently, she started Less = More to help clients simplify their lives by minimizing clutter, organizing, and just saying no to stuff.  Over the years, her creative outlets have been writing, music and book arts. She is currently recording a trip-hop album about a former relationship with someone who has Dissociative Identity Disorder. Similarly, she was drawn to this showcase out of a desire to tell her story and a hope that she may open the door to greater understanding of those living with mental illness.

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    Katy Barrett

    Storyteller/ Director

    Katy Barrett is a writer and storyteller whose been involved with Story District for four years.  She's performed regularly on the 2nd Tuesday stage,and was selected to perform in Top Shelf 2013. Other storytelling credits include: Story Showdown, Unraveled, Atonement, Swimming Upstream,  Into the Wild, and Risk!: So Emotional.  She also co-directed My So Called Jewish Life and Unhinged.  Her stories have been featured on Story District's podcast and in The Washington Post.

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    Amy Saidman

    Director
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