Equity NZ event to focus on health and wellness in performing arts

Posted Tuesday 17 Mar 2020

The Show Must Go On

How are you doing? And how are you really doing? The wellbeing of those in the performing arts sector is the focus of this fabntastic Equity New Zealand day/night event. The Hauora Ways To Wellness event is free to industry members and peers, and covers a full day of expert talks and workshops. Here's a bit about the speakers:

Julie Crabtree is a Sydney psychologist who specialises in working with performers.

Sarah Houbolt is an international circus and physical theatre performer, arts manager and diversity advocate who designs her life around creativity, deep understandings of accessibility, and the need to question what we can actually see (and what we haven't seen already but should).

Ben Steel (pictured above) is an international actor and filmmaker with over 30 years' experience working on film and television projects. Ben's lived experience with anxiety and depression makes him the perfect conduit to channel industry opinions about mental health in the performing arts sector in the documentary The Show Must Go On.

When: 9am-4.30pm, Friday 27 March, 2020
Where: The Fale, Samoa House, 283 Karangahape Rd, Auckland.

FREE screening of The Show Must Go On
Equity NZ would love its Auckland based members to come and see this film on Thursday night and then attend Hauora Ways to Wellness the next day at Samoa House! This insightful documentary follows former Home & Away actor and filmmaker Ben Steel on a soul searching investigation into why are there so many arts and entertainment workers developing and struggling with anxiety, depression and substance abuse and for the first time opening up a much-needed public conversation about their mental health and wellbeing.

When: 6pm, Thursday 26 March,
Where: The Capitol Cinema, 610 Dominion Road, Balmoral, Auckland.
Free for Equity NZ members. Industry friends are welcome but please bring a cash koha to put in the bucket as a donation for The Actors Benevolent Fund.