This interactive laughter class uses improv games to foster creativity and quick thinking with lots of laughter. Good times, good humor, and laughter don’t usually come to mind when you're dealing with cancer. And as with anything in life, a positive outlook and a good laugh can help you cope with stressors like cancer.
We work together to create a supportive, courageous, silly and safe space to have fun and play in. There are no mistakes in this class, and you don't have to be "funny" to play! In fact, you will have more fun if you aren't trying to be funny!
This class is perfect for caregivers, people who are looking to "be in the now," wanting to move safely and laugh a lot! Laughter has healing powers. Christine & Emily create a safe and courageous place for people to have fun and play in.
Come experience the therapeutic benefits of laughter!
"For that hour, I didn't think about cancer at all."
RECOMMENDATION 2015-present ~ Bambi Furtado, Director of the Cancer Support and Wellness Program "On the 4th Wednesday of each month from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the JFCS Cancer Support & Wellness S. Tuttle campus, men and women whose lives have been impacted by cancer are given the great gift of laughter. This beautiful uplifting gift is packaged, wrapped and delivered in the form of one Christine Alexander, comedian and general mistress or mirth For one hour each month Christine takes these people away from the worries, stressors and fear of a cancer diagnosis and into the realm of giggles, laughter and humor. The good work that Christine does as a volunteer is invaluable to the participants and to the richness and diversity of the programs and services that JFCS is able to provide to anyone who has been impacted by a cancer diagnosis as a patient, survivor, family member or caregiver. This program was so well received, Christine brought on Emily Levin to uplift our people every 2nd Wed. Laughter is the Best Medicine!"
RECOMMENDATION: 2014. 2015 ~ Andrea Feldmar, LMHC, Program Director "Laughter is healing. We have been so fortunate having Christine Alexander offer programs at the Center for Building Hope, where all of our the participants are dealing with cancer. Christine has shared her talents, and has provoked many giggles, smiles and belly laughs! In a world where it seems as if there is nothing to laugh at, Christine is able to have people look inside and out, to find the humor that is around, and enjoy the smiles. She is able to create silliness that takes down the walls of seriousness, and becomes a useful tool in making the day better. The participants truly enjoy their time spent with Christine!"
CREATIVE IMPROV WORKSHOP Join Amanda Schlachter and Christine Alexander as they guide you through a series of games, exercises and improvisations for self expression and creativity. You will take away a greater sense of how to use your voice and body while having laughed, played and bonded in unique ways with friends and family. All are welcome to come and experience this workshop!
Christine Alexander Christine Alexander is an award-winning improv artist, teacher and producer. Christine has collaborated with healthcare professionals to develop an improved base program called, “Laughter is the Best Medicine.” Working with Blake Medical Center, HCA Healthcare, Department of Health and regularly at JFCS of the Suncoast which offers free information, programs and services to cancer patients, caregivers and family members, while connecting them with others who are undergoing a similar experience.
Amanda Schlachter Amanda Schlachter is a professional actress and director. Amanda recently graduated from The University of Florida with her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre. While at UF, Amanda worked with The Center for Arts in Medicine at Shands with a focus on Arts and Healing and worked with many diverse populations to bring theatre to help educate and enlighten different groups. Amanda has been a professional actress, director and teacher for over 20 years working with such companies as Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Asolo Rep, The Players Theatre, The Sarasota Film Festival and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Central Florida and is a graduate and former Company Member of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is certified in Yoga Meets Dance and finds service to others through the arts is her greatest passion.