Wellness & Self Care
This learning pathway features professional learning opportunities focused on wellness and self care. Learn simple proven strategies to manage stress.
Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 06/18/2020
Explore ideas for maintaining community & connection, strategies for supporting your own social and emotional needs, and more.
Join Amy Luskey Barth, California Theatre Educator and Cindy Warden, licensed life coach and practitioner of Neurolinguistic programming as they unpack our responses to the pandemic and suggest ways to process. The team will be exploring ideas for maintaining community and connection, strategies for supporting your own social and emotional needs, grief, loss and meaning-making during these extraordinary times.
Executive Artistic Director of Theatre on Purpose
Amy Luskey-Barth, MPC
Executive Artistic Director
Amy holds a Masters in Pastoral Counseling from Trinity College of Graduate Studies and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from USC. A veteran theatre director and teacher whose career spans over thirty years in educational theatre, Amy founded Tri-School Conservatory Theatre for Servite, Connelly, and Rosary High Schools in Southern California and served as Executive Artistic Director from 1989 – 2004 where she directed over 100 productions. Tri-School Theatre was awarded Theatre Program of the Year by the Educational Theatre Association in 1996. Currently Amy is in her tenth year as Artistic Director for the Talon Theatre program at Santa Margarita Catholic High School. She taught in the International Baccalaureate (IB Theatre) program from 2010 - 2016. She chartered and sponsored two Thespian Troupes for Servite and Santa Margarita and received the Honor Troupe Award by the California State Thespians in 2015.
Amy served as Director of Educational Theatre for the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton, California for two years where she renovated the amphitheater and established a summer theatre conservatory program for youth and adults.
Other Educational Theatre positions have included Department Chair of Performing Arts at Rosary and Cornelia Connelly High Schools.
Amy served three years as the California State Advocate for the Arts for the Educational Theatre Association and four years on the California State Board of the International Thespian Society. She developed the Playworks Program for emerging young playwrights for the California State Thespians. She is a member of the California Educational Theatre Association (CETA) and the International School Theatre Association (ISTA) and has taken students to the ISTA Festivals in the Czech Republic and in Atlanta, Georgia. Her students have performed main stage at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska. Amy was the recipient of the University of Notre Dame Great Teacher Award in 1996 and was named one of the Top 25 Teachers in Orange County by OC Parenting Magazine in 2014.
Amy has taught memoir writing for the North Orange County Community College District Continuing Education Program and is currently on the faculty of Community Programs at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. She is a certified bereavement facilitator and Pastoral Counselor specializing in writing as a form of healing grief and loss.
She has mentored and coached students for some of the premier college theatre programs and conservatories around the country. Her students have attended NYU, University of Michigan, University of Southern California, UCLA, DePaul, Chapman, Mary Mount Manhattan, UCI, The Atlantic Theatre Company, University of Redlands, Boston Conservatory, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Amy has a passion for working with students to devise and create original works. Her process-oriented approach is rooted in her educational theatre philosophy of Theatre on Purpose.
Amy bi-locates between San Luis Obispo County and Long Beach, California.
Certified Life Coach at Reinspire Your Life™
Cindy Warden is a certified life coach, resilience expert, and speaker. She is the owner and founder of Reinspire Your Life™ — a company wildly dedicated to helping smart and successful men and women turn challenging events into opportunities for personal growth and bold new beginnings. She received her initial life coaching certification from the Coach Training Alliance. She then gained a supplementary accreditation in Strategic Intervention from the Robbins Madanes Center (the coach training program created by personal development expert, Tony Robbins, along with world-renowned psychotherapist, Cloe Madanes). With a (previous) 20-year career as an actress (and a background in music/theatre education), Cindy is uniquely familiar with the stresses and sensitivities that students and teachers in the arts may be navigating during this time of uncertainty.
Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 08/10/2021
Take a deep dive into self-care to explore approaches, core beliefs, and tactical strategies that uplift well-being and joy.
Take a deep dive into self-care as we explore approaches, core beliefs, and tactical strategies that uplift well-being and joy. Join us to open a door (or deepen the path!) to a self-care practice that contributes to continued ease and lessened stress. Many thanks to the generosity of the Maryland State Arts Council for donating this session to theatre educators everywhere.
Director of Grants and Professional Development
Maryland State Arts Council
Dana is a highly experienced performer, director, and arts educator and is currently the Director of Grants and Professional Development at the Maryland State Arts Council. Her career in the arts began as a member of the Resident Acting Company for Clear Space Theatre in 2004. For the past 15 years, she has taught and/or established performing arts classes and programs to students and adults of all ages and levels, specializing in honesty, connectivity, and excellence of craft. She has performed in and/or directed over 100 performance pieces (theatre, vocal, movement) on the east coast as well as abroad, including Puerto Rico, Italy, and England. Dana also teaches professional development as a Roster Teaching Artist for the Maryland State Department of Education’s Fine Arts Office.
Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 02/14/2022
Theatre teachers are now dealing with an incredible amount of stress and trauma that is impacting the community they strive to create in the classroom and on stage. In Unicorn Teachers: Wellness and Stress Management, participants will explore compassion fatigue in the theatre arts classroom and create a personalized plan for Wellness and Stress Management that is sustainable, authentic, and honors the creative inside!
Theatre teachers are no strangers to stress! However, teachers are now dealing with an incredible amount of challenges, including stress and trauma, that are impacting the community they strive to create in the classroom and on stage. With this onslaught of challenges, the term “self-care” is tossed out haphazardly—often with a one size fits all mentality—and has become a buzzword that is quickly losing its effectiveness.
In Unicorn Teachers: Wellness and Stress Management, participants will explore compassion fatigue in the theatre arts classroom and create a personalized plan for Wellness and Stress Management that is sustainable, authentic, and works for them!
Ayesis Clay is a distinguished Theatre educator, multidisciplinary theatre artist, and educational consultant. Recently she served as a Featured Speaker for the National Educational Theatre Association and for SMART Technologies Summer Reboot Conference. With over 19 years in education, she has written and developed curricula for Prince George’s County Public Schools, the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, and many local and regional theatre companies. She has held many school and district leadership positions including Theatre department chairperson for the largest magnet program in the district, chairperson for the Prince George’s County Schools Theatre Advisory Board, and served as Co-Founder and Co-Director of the PGCPS Honor's Theatre Ensemble.
Combining her extensive background in theatre and education, Ayesis founded Sculpted Clay Productions, where she uses innovative theatre-infused residencies and professional development workshops to help schools create trauma-sensitive spaces that are focused on social-emotional wellness and creativity for teachers and students.
Her original plays Standing on the Edge and Sculpting Clay or How I Became Mother of Unicorns are currently touring and can be booked with accompanying professional development workshops and student residencies.