Today, Kathy is joined by Stacey Merkl, and they talk about how theatre arts can improve self-esteem and body image, including some skill sets and suggestions for people to add body positivity into their everyday lives.
Stacey Lorin Merkl is the Founder & Executive Director of Realize Your Beauty, a 501c3 organization promoting positive body image to youth through theatre. She is a native of Denver, Colorado and holds a BA in Theatre Arts and a BA in French from the University of Northern Colorado. She has taught theatre and music to children and teens at various arts centers in Colorado, Seattle, Paris (France) and New York City. Stacey founded Realize Your Beauty in 2010, combining her love of theatre arts with her passion for social change and education. She is a longtime volunteer for the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and is a trainer for NEDA’s Body Project. She is a member of Endangered Bodies NYC, IAEDP Denver Chapter (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals), AED (Academy for Eating Disorders), Colorado Nonprofit Association and the American Camp Association.