Workshop: Supportive Connections and Supportive Habits: Managing Stress Round Table, Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts

Presented in Partnership with the Artists’ Health Centre Foundation

  • Who do you count on for support?
  • What support systems are available to you?

In this roundtable workshop, participants will be given coping strategies to help with stress management covering the many areas that contribute to stress in our industry – over-work, career development, physical pain and discomfort, anxiety and self esteem. Participants will be shown tools and provided with practical resources to help face and handle stress in a healthy fashion.

TAPA Members: $22.60 includes HST and all materials
Non-Members: $56.50 includes HST and all materials
Date: Monday November 28, 2011
Time: 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
Location: The Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street

Deadline to register for this session is Thursday November 24th, 2011.
Please RSVP to Alexis Da Silva-Powell, Corporate Partnerships and Membership Manager at

Anne Carbert is a career counselor and coach. She emphasizes meaning, creativity, and quality of life as she helps people to craft satisfying careers. Anne has a master’s degree in counseling psychology and specializes in supporting people navigating unconventional and self-directed career paths. She offers personal development workshops as well as individual counseling. Anne is a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists.

Dr. Anita Shack B.F.A., D.C., a chiropractor who uses an integrated approach in her work at the Artists’ Health Centre. She combines chiropractic, craniosacral therapy, and acupuncture, customizing care to the individual artist’s needs and goals. Fascinated with the body/mind/spirit connection he is concerned not only with the relief of symptoms, but also with getting at the cause to facilitate change and healing. She has extensive experience working with artists from many disciplines, including: dance, theatre, film, visual arts, music, and writing. Dr. Shack performed as an independent modern dancer/choreographer from 1974-1986 in Canada and the United States and was a member of the Dance Music Orchestra.

Leisa Bellmore graduated with honors from the Shiatsu Academy of Tokyo’s 2200 hour program and has been practicing shiatsu since 2001. Her first career was in theatre, and she has a great respect and love for the arts and an understanding of the commitment and discipline required to live and work as an artist. Leisa works with a wide range of clients with diverse health conditions, including musicians and other performing artists, focusing on overcoming stress and strain on the body and mind to help achieve peak performance. She has been working regularly with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 2002 and is currently working on a book on self-care for musicians.

Passion for her work and the natural healing professions led Leisa to volunteer with the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC), of which she is a member. She served on the NHPC Board of Directors from 2004-2008, serving as President from 2007-2008. She also volunteers at Toronto’s Ronald McDonald House where she offers short shiatsu treatments to the families who stay at the house. This has provided her with valuable clinical experience in working with severely stressed individuals and children coping with life-threatening illnesses. Leisa believes that we all must take an active role in our health, and she enjoys helping her clients attain their health goals while increasing health awareness. She regularly presents workshops focusing on self-care.

The Artists’ Health Centre Foundation helped create and continues to work in support of the Al and Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre at Toronto Western Hospital, and in addition, is involved in outreach, education, and prevention services for the over 20,000 professional artists who live in the Toronto area.

Our mandate is to raise the standard of health care, educational resources, and quality of life for artists, and to take those resources out into the community, both locally and nationally.