Yusef Seevers  |  BreakOut Session 

"Body Awareness and Emotional Intelligence - Integrated Well-Being for Artist-Changemakers"

About this session: Self-care must be part of your work for longevity as an artist working in theatre. As a changemaker, you have a responsibility to your psyche, spirit and body. Being emotionally well, physically aware, and mentally engaged is as essential to our work in the theatre as it is to our work for gender parity and other liberation movements. In this interactive workshop, Yusef Seevers, owner and founder of BAEI (Body Awareness & Emotional Intelligence) will share his unique integrated approach to achieving lasting joy and greater ease in your day-to-day practice. We will explore strategies for cultivating your own self-care through excercises, guided reflection, and group discussion. We want to keep you in great shape, making meaningful art and positive social change for the long haul.

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About Yusef

Yusef, a proud Detroit native, is extremely grateful to be joining Statera Foundation this year. Yusef grew up in the culture of West African dance, studying rhythms from Senegal, Congo, Guinea, Gambia, Mali, Zimbabwe. His passions took him to Santa Fe, NM where he studied Musical Theater, vocal performance and graduated cum laude with a Bachelors in Fine Arts. While in Santa Fe, he continued teaching all styles of dance. Yusef has just
received his Masters in Fine Arts specializing in acting from Southern Methodist University.

Yusef is excited to be a new Resident Artist at PCPA (Pacific Conservatory Theatre) in Santa Maria, California. Continuing his work in the Integration of breath, body and voice working together to effectively communicate and build Artistic Change-makers.

A note from Yusef “Statera Foundation's work for social justice in the theatre is the perfect companion for my life’s passion in human healing. I will be representing my company B. A. E. I. ( Body Awareness and Emotional Intelligence), which is my vehicle for facilitating discussions and workshops based around the transmuting of trauma through the arts. Our mission is to facilitate change through deep physical exploration of emotions and breath work. Giving tools and providing platforms for everyone to treat their emotions and bodies with respect."

Yusef is also an official Statera Ambassador. Statera Ambassadors are theatre-makers with big ideas! They are Statera's creative brain trust - an official team of friends and allies using social media platforms to share Statera-related news and strengthen our grassroots movement for gender parity in the theatre. You may also find our Ambassadors authoring posts on the Statera Blog