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TEDxDirigo - Cathy Plourde - Adding the Verb--Theatre, Education, and Activism

Cathy Plourde is the founder and Director of Add Verb Productions, which is now housed at the University of New England. Trained as a teacher with a background in theatre that goes back to the 8th grade, Cathy has been writing for youth audiences and cultivating youth-devised work since the mid 90′s. With a Master's degree in Theatre and Social Change, she has productions that have toured to 35 states and internationally, and has had commissions from Maine Women's Fund, Mainely Girls, Boys to Men, Planned Parenthood Network of Northern New England. She is an Assistant Professor of Integrated Health Sciences at UNE, focusing on using theatre in health and wellness education, as well as for education in the medical and health professions, and has directed high school, college, non-actors, and professional actors for her touring productions. Cathy has a background in non-profit management since 2000. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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