Join us on June 3rd at 5:00 PM for an in-depth panel discussion into the themes and topics of Noises Off. Hosted by Marc Steiner (WEAA's The Marc Steiner Show).
Tickets to this event are FREE with a reservation.
COMEDY AS A CURE
If dying is easy, and comedy is hard, then why is laughter the best medicine? Slamming doors, wild circumstances, loves triangles, temper tantrums, on-stage humiliations, fisticuffs, and a smattering of sexcapades: What is it that makes these un-funny-in-real-life situations so funny on the stage? As we take our cue from Noises Off, our panel will also explore the benefits of laughter in education, activism and wellness practices.
Nira Berry is a Laughter Therapist and Founder of LaughingRx laughter wellness programs. She is known worldwide as the “Happiness Coach.” Nira is noted for igniting the spark of participating audiences through unique and inspiring presentations and laughter team-building events. Featured frequently in national and international media, Nira is the host of MMCTV Happy & Healthy TV show, and is the author of Laugh Off Stress: Laughter Yoga Exercises DVD. She has an upcoming book on Laughter Therapy, expected release date in later 2017. More information can be found at www.laughingrx.net
Koli Tengella is a nationally renowned actor, writer, filmmaker, educator and comedian. Koli is the creator of The Positive Social Change Theater Program at Augusta Fells Savage High School in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2010 Tengella was named an Open Society Institute Fellow. He is a contributor to the critically acclaimed public radio program, "The Marc Steiner Show." He does a weekly segment called, "Tengella's Take" which is a comedic look at politics and pop-culture. Tengella is also the founder and president of Tengella Edutainment that produces educational theater and films to achieve social equity for all people.
Wyckham Avery Wyckham Avery is a theatre maker and educator based in Washington, DC who has been creating visceral and kinesthetic experiences for all types of learners for over 20 years. She was a founding member of the ensemble based theatre company dog & pony dc. She has also created two solo performances, Cordelia’s Fool—a clown show about King Lear, and Sing Me A Song—an interactive sing-along. She has performed at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth, Rorschach Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, among many others. Wyckham received her MFA in acting from the Catholic University of America and trained at the Dell' Arte International School of Physical Theatre.