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Nursing and Theater Share Expertise and Experience

April 14, 2014
Robbie McCauley shares theater expertise with KILN students, Kelly Powers and Kesla Silaj.

Robbie McCauley shares theater expertise with KILN students, Kelly Powers and Kesla Silaj.

Robbie McCauley, a nationally known performance artist and the 2013-2014 Monan Professor in Theatre Arts at Boston College, led CSON students, faculty and staff through exercises that enhanced their ability to talk and listen. “Story Circles” are a theater process engaged as a means of creating relaxed atmospheres that allow people to shift perspectives and behaviors around complicated matters. Over the course of two sessions, the group used physical and verbal techniques to communicate about personal challenges, interpersonal connections, and leadership development. Many of the participants had attended the December 2013 production of Sugar, Robbie’s one-woman show inspired by her life-long struggle with diabetes, and the Boston College Theatre Department’s presentation of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, which featured Robbie as a guest artist. All involved noted the synergy between nursing and theater and enjoyed the opportunity to share stories and practices.

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