How Theater Saved My Life

As actors, we tell stories constantly. I first told mine over four years ago. Not only to myself, but to complete strangers and New York theatergoers. Fresh out of my 27th surgery, I performed words from journal entries I wrote years ago as a way to pass the time between the endless series of medical interventions. Every time I “perform” what happened to me, I find myself somehow transformed in the process.
Theater has the power to change lives, both for those performing and those who watch. Theater teaches us we’re capable of anything—and usually teaches us this at times we need it most.
I grew up as a great big ham. I lived for the world of the stage. For me, singing and acting were ways I could connect with the world around me.
I’ve always been warned not to put all of my eggs in one basket, but theater ran through my veins. It was all I thought about, lived, and dreamed. I’d write songs in my notebook as I waited for the school bell to ring, then I’d hop on the train to the next open call I’d read about in Backstage. 
So what do you do when you’ve invested everything into your passion and you can’t follow it anymore?

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