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Permission to Play – Lessons for Caregivers from Improv Comedy

Digital Education Programming Presented by the
Center for Health & Wellbeing

Caregiving isn’t all fun and games. But it can lightened at times, and improv games are the perfect way to de-stress with other caregivers. Getting out of your head and into the moment you are sharing together gives you the permission to play, opening a world of communication with who you are caring for.

In this interactive program, you’ll learn a few tricks for managing your mindset from the world of improvised theatre. You’ll leave with new ways to engage those you care for, games that bring out the silly, even in quarantine, how to go easy on yourself and your “scene partners” when things feel heavy. Give yourself the permission to play and find the humor when you need it most.

This program is presented by Chelsea Hilend, professional improviser and Sak Comedy Lab instructor, and is hosted by the Winter Park Health Foundation.

About Your Program Presenter
Chelsea Hilend is an improviser, educator, and arts administrator. She has performed with the professional ensemble at SAK Comedy Lab in downtown Orlando since 2011. She’s an instructor inside their SAK University, where she develops unique courses such as “Advanced Improvisation for Women.” Chelsea provides workshops to enhance communication, teambuilding, and trust using the tools of improvisational theatre. Recent clients include the Florida Department of Transportation, the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, and Chepenik Financial. Hilend is also the marketing and box office manager for the Annie Russell Theatre at Rollins College, where she teaches courses in arts administration, manages patron services, and plans and deploys theatre marketing efforts. Hilend has a B.A. in Theatre Arts and an M.B.A. She’s interested in all the obvious and not-so-obvious ways the arts and the “traditional business environment” (whatever that means) connect.

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