Mental Wellness SIG


Chris Miller

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Nicola Olsen

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Ashley Pippin

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2023 Meetings:

Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 7:00 pm ET
Join the Mental Wellness SIG for an engaging discussion of dramatic portrayals of mental health with well-known drama educator, researcher, and author, Dr. Monica Prendergast.

2022 Meetings:

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 7:30 pm ET
SIG Kick off with a targeted topic of general mental health and research in theatre led by Chris Miller, followed by an overview of the group and input from attendees.

Wednesday,  March 23, 2022 at 7:30 pm ET
Second SIG meeting with a targeted topic of suicide prevention led by Chaio-Wen followed by discussion and any business.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 7:00 pm ET
Month-long kick-off event unveiling A mental health awareness kit of resources and a video. May is mental health awareness month with the first week being children’s mental health awareness week. Promote mental health awareness in your local organizations for the rest of the month!

July 28-31, 2022 AATE National Conference
We hope to hold a social networking type meeting for SIG members and we also hope to present a workshop or panel presentation.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 7 pm ET
Please join us as we focus on current trainings and educational opportunities through a new association of artistic mental health coordinators:

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at 7:00 pm ET
Join the Mental Wellness SIG as we welcome Lauren Hillman, a playwright and artistic director who wrote the play “The One Stop Happiness Shop,” focusing on themes of mental health as well as teaching children about the concept of managing emotions. She will be talking about the process and end product of the play. A free study guide is available here:

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 7:00 pm ET
Join the Mental Wellness SIG for a co-meeting with the High School Network. Our focus will be on integrating SEL into the drama classroom and mental wellness strategies. 


The Mental Wellness – Special Interest Group (MWSIG

The Mental Wellness Special Interest Group examines the intersection of mental, emotional, and social health and theatre in education. We exist to provide a forum for individuals and organizations to come together to share ideas, best practices, resources, and research. We seek to engage in discussions on contemporary issues surrounding mental, emotional, and social health in theatre spaces. In addition, we intend to collaborate with individuals across all networks to move the field forward. 

AATE Mental Health Awareness Month Resources