Join the Department of Theatre for Wellness Days 2021!

February 12 2021

On Monday, February 15, the Department of Theatre hosts its first "Wellness Day" as part of a long-term initiative to encourage individual and collective well-being. These monthly events draw on resources within our community, giving participants a closer look at the relationship between wellness and the arts.  

The Department of Theatre will offer workshops, classes, and seminars to encourage physical and mental/spiritual self-care, while promoting connection and engagement through Community Wellness Conversations.  Wellness Days will continue through Spring Semester, with events currently scheduled for March 5 and April 5. For instructor and panelist bios, click here. For questions, information, or if you’d like to suggest or teach a future wellness event, contact .

To register, check out the schedule of events below. Advance registration is required and space is limited, so sign up early!

Events for Monday, February 15:

10:00 am to 11:00 am - Meditation Practice with Jerry Gardner

Department of Theatre Associate Professor Jerry Gardner will lead participants through a three-step process—Explanation, Movement, and Practice—to help them incorporate meditation into their wellness regimen. 
Register here for Meditation Practice

11:30 am to 12:15 pm - Yoga for Every Body with Aria Klein 

CorePower Yoga instructor and Musical Theatre Program student Aria Klein presents this specially designed session of her popular online class, designed to help you connect your mind, body, and breath, and re-center yourself for clarity and creativity.
Register here for Yoga for Every Body

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm - Roundtable/Q&A: Representation in Theatre Casting

Panelists (alphabetical by given/affirmed name): Alicia Washington (Artistic Director, Good Company Theatre), Brian Vaughn (Artistic Director, Utah Shakespeare Festival), Jerry Rapier (Artistic Director, Plan-B Theatre), Penelope Caywood (Artistic Director, Youth Theatre at the U), Shelby Noelle Gist (Co-Artistic Director, An Other Theater Company)

Moderator/Facilitator: Yolanda Stange (Actor/Producer)

An invited panel of Artistic Directors from theatre companies throughout Utah joins us for our first Community Wellness Conversation*. This hour-long roundtable, followed by a half-hour Q&A session, invites participants to enter and reflect on a crucial, ongoing discussion about the bodies we see—and don’t see—onstage, and the stories they tell.
Register here for Representation in Theatre Casting