Stephanie Hickling Beckman

January 26, 8:30am - 10:00am EST. Hosted at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design

part of a series on Anxiety

About the speaker

Stephanie is a Native of Atlanta and grew up in Kansas City. She attended college at Georgia State University until she realized that learning to love and hating school are not mutually exclusive. After moving to Asheville 20 years ago, she retired from 17 years in Corporate America, and rediscovered a very similar line of work - Acting, her high school passion. She has been attached to theatre in one way or another over the last 17 years; primarily as an actor or Director. She is proud to say that she has worked with most of the companies in Western North Carolina. In her most recent incarnation, Stephanie is the Founder and Managing Artistic Director for Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective, which is more committed than ever to promoting ‘radical empathy’. Different Strokes! produces theatre which reflects difficult realities of society, and challenges audiences to spend a couple of uninterrupted hours in unfamiliar shoes - considering a different perspective. Her purpose is to change the world - one play at a time.

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As creative types, we are some of the luckiest people in the world. We don’t have to wonder why we are here because we already know. Be we actors, dancers, designers, directors, painters, potters, puppeteers, photographers, singers, sculptors, or writers, we make the world more colorful,more entertaining, and more interesting. However, we long for others to validate our purpose, yet we also tend to have a lot of anxiety around displaying our work to other people. Often, loving what we do carries with it some trepidation around presenting our heart’s creations to other people - even when our livelihood depends on it. How do we minimize the hand shaking, heart pounding, and arm-pit sweating that sometimes accompany living a creative life?