The Breaking Wave Theatre Company offers a creative outlet to individuals dealing with mental health issues.
Breaking Wave Theatre Company has been hosting several community outreach events throughout the pandemic, offering support and positive encouragement to individuals struggling with the isolating effects of the pandemic.
The organization chose to commemorate mental health awareness month with its “Unspoken” workshop series. The first workshop took place virtually on May 8th.
According to CJ Ochoco, the executive director of Breaking Wave, creating safe spaces for people to express themselves creatively was partly inspired by mental health awareness month as well as her personal experiences with anxiety and clinical depression. She, and fellow members of Breaking Wave, hope that sharing their experiences with mental health will help destigmatize talking about the importance of mental health.
According to Joyce Torres, the artistic director of BWTC, each workshop will feature a different facilitator, aiming to spark inspiration and creativity in participants. Joyce says that this workshop is open to anyone who has always been interested in storytelling and the arts and hopes that participants will discover new and healing ways to express their experiences with mental health.
“Every workshop will have a different facilitator, from a different part of the United States, or wherever they are, and it’s different variations of expression— again, to continue the conversation about mental health, but also to show that there are multiple ways to talk about it,” Torres said.
According to CJ, the Unspoken workshop series will be tied into BWTC’s larger show, premiering in September— titled “Unspoken Volume III- Reaching Across” to commemorate suicide prevention month. She hopes that the workshop series will inspire creations that can be submitted for the upcoming production in September.
For more information and how to register, visit their website at bwrc.com.