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3/7/2007 Wellness performances offered at Linfield College

McMINNVILLE - Linfield College theatre students and a guest artist will be featured in theatrical performances designed to promote emotional healing and wellness on Tuesday, March 13, at 8 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall at Linfield.

The performances are free and open to the public.

The performances are directed by Kate Hawkes, an adjunct professor of theatre arts at Linfield and an arts in healthcare consultant with the national Society for the Arts in Healthcare. It will include three Performing Wellness ™ performances and two monologues written by Linfield students.

Linfield College theatre students who will perform include junior Katie Dolph of Reno, Nev., senior Caleb Kearns of Dayton and freshman Amy Courtney of White Salmon, Wash. Luisa Sermol, a professional actress from Portland will also perform. Linfield sophomores Jamika Scott and Laura Sibley will read their monologues. Following the performance, many of the writers who created the scripts will be available for a question and answer session.

The performances will touch on a variety of themes including sexual assault, war and health issues, according to Christina Ries, health promotion and student wellness coordinator at Linfield.

"It brings to light some serious issues and presents a look at how to heal," Ries said. "It allows participants to see how other people have dealt with similar situations."

Hawkes, creator of Performing Wellness, says that the power of shared story-telling within a community to bring hope, inspiration, healing and education is at the heart of the role of arts in healthcare.

The public performance follows a closed workshop led by Hawkes as part of the training for students in the Linfield Consent Awareness Training Squad (CATS), Linfield's peer health education program. Through CATS, students are trained as peer health educators and make presentations to incoming freshmen and transfer students during orientation.

For more information, call 503-883-2806. The evening is sponsored by a number of Linfield departments including College Activities, the Counseling Center, Health Promotion Student Wellness -- CATS, Residence Life, the Sexual Assault Task Force, and Theatre and Communication Arts.