Solo Arts Heal

Excerpts, talkbacks and Q&A with special guests
providing health and healing education and advocacy.

Watch Live – Wednesdays at 7:30pm PT

Solo Arts Heal / ANCAN – August 17, 2022

Anita Maria Taylor

Anita Maria Taylor is a solo performer based in Los Angeles. She first started writing and performing her own plays in the fourth grade, and went on to minor in theater at Yale University. Professional acting credits include The Brothers Solomon and Mutation.

Anita is intimately familiar with mental illness. Due to her mother’s bipolar I illness, she experienced instability, trauma and the frustration of trying to navigate the American health-care system. She also lived through her own mental-health issues, including a lifelong struggle with depression that was eventually diagnosed as bipolar II disorder.

Bipolar Mommy and Me is Anita’s first solo show. It premiered in 2021 at the Whitefire Theatre’s Black Voices solo show festival in Los Angeles

August 24, 2022

William E. Wonders III

William Wonders III grew up in Brooklyn, NY. He attended Nyack College from 1998-2001. William secretly began writing and shooting video during this time. It all came to a head in 2009 when William decided to enroll at New York Film Academy in Manhattan, NY. He did this after starting an afterschool program to teach film and video to at risk youth. William has directed a number of short films.

His short film, “Fear Itself”, premiered in Florida, California, Mexico, Atlanta and New Jersey film festivals. William owns his own production company, so he can write and produce films, inspiring everyone that sees them. William’s latest project “Fixing Grandma” has been picked up by Amazon Prime. William is currently working on documentary about the current state of health of Black Men in America.

Watch Fixing Grandma on Amazon Prime

About the Program & Hosts

Solo Arts Heal, a weekly MarshStream Public Broadcast Platform program, presents empowering performances about healing and resilience. Through hosted interviews, talkbacks and audience Q&A, the Solo Arts Heal program provides transformative experiences, education, community outreach and advocacy through stories that celebrate the healing power of the arts.

AnCan, hosted by Rick Davis, is about people helping people, peer to peer. Collectively and individually, AnCan provides answers, support, and navigation to empower people living with serious and chronic conditions to address their worlds. Production Manager, John Ivory.

Stephanie Weisman founded and has been the Artistic/Executive Director of The Marsh since its inception in 1989. Under her leadership, The Marsh has grown from a one-night-a-week performance series to producing 600-700 shows annually on its four stages. In addition to its developing work performance series, The Marsh’s programs include: artist-in-residencies, after-school and summer workshops for youth both onsite and in 5 SFUSD, and performance development classes, workshops and Performance Initiatives. In 1996 Stephanie spearheaded the drive to successfully buy their 12,000 sq ft facility on Valencia Street in San Francisco. This increased The Marsh’s programs four-fold as well as provided for a stable Bay Area arts organization. In 2010, The Marsh added a second venue in Berkeley. In 2020, Stephanie initiated MarshStream. She is currently at work developing her opera, Aphrodisia, with dancer, Wei Wang

Gail Schickele champions arts & sciences as a writer, speaker, consultant, and producer. In January 2020 she convened an artist collective to assist solo artists whose unique stories of physical and mental challenges manifest the healing power of The Arts. COVID inspired Stephanie Weisman to create SOLO ARTS HEAL on The MarshStream to share these outstanding stories of resilience, dramatic and comedic, for the entertainment and benefit of communities everywhere. Gail’s work in marketing, management, and production has served various theaters, festivals and events nationwide. Trained as a journalist in New York and Colorado, she has covered Colorado state politics and the environmental landscape of the Rockies. Environmental educational and advocacy work in California includes the League of Women Voters and The Climate Reality Project. Gail is honored to curate and host SOLO ARTS HEAL where artists powerful stories offer audiences great performance and ‘informance’ on issues related to health and the environment, inexorably linked.

Rick Davis, is a serial social entrepreneur with a background in finance and real estate. He was diagnosed with locally advanced prostate cancer in 2007; it was readily apparent there was inadequate support for men placed on medium and long term hormone therapy, and Rick started to remedy that. He also participated in prostate cancer support groups and recognized not only their value, but also that availability was geographically, physically and socially constrained. Virtual support groups appeared to resolve many of those constraints.

Kristin Scheel, has worked in production and development at The Marsh since 2018. She is a freelance writer and member of Open Windows art cooperative in the Bayview. She has a background in social work with the State of Oregon and program management experience as a small business owner and preschool director in San Francisco. She has an MFA from Mills College, and serves on the boards of Guerrilla Cartography and PATHSTAR.


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