Throughout my undergraduate career I have sought to marry the studies of biology and medicine with theatre and performance. For my 2014 internship I worked with Gesundheit Institute!, a foundation for clowning as a tool for public health in Iquitos, Peru. There I was able to shadow both physicians and other medical professionals along with amateur clowns like myself.
The presentation will explore the possibilities of incorporating theatrical knowledge in the healthcare setting. This performance is meant to exemplify the potential of performance and clowning techniques to address the problems that exist in modern medicine today. The project shares my own experiences and my own family history in order to illustrate how the conversation could begin in monologue form. Personal narratives connect to systemic issues and by sharing these accounts one can persuade others that a systemic change is necessary.
Stories can convince when numbers cannot. Stories can teach empathy when a standard of perfection cannot. Stories can convince patients and improve the resilience of our physicians. Storytelling is not only helpful in expanding our understanding; it is integral to re-framing our experiences for a more healthful world.
Lydia Meece, ’15
Sponsor: Janeve West