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Amy’s Expressive Arts Workshops

Workshops Download this form as a PDF here.


Workshops offered in person or in the comfort of your own home…or classroom!  Contact Amy for more information.

For writers: Writing and Storytelling Workshop: See Power of Words Description here.

Discover your own unique and powerful story and the profound transformation that occurs when speaking it out loud. You’ll learn to trust your creative impulses, embracing all of who you are.  By becoming the author of your own life and learning how to tell your own story, you will not only learn to craft your experience into a compelling narrative but you will also unleash a sense of purpose in your own life you never thought possible.

Through writing exercises, group discussion, and improvisation we will support one another in creating and speaking our stories. This is a workshop for those interested in personal essay, memoir, solo performance, and self discovery.

Playwriting Workshops: Whether it’s an autobiographical or biographical play, 10-minute or full-length, learn the basics of story structure, and the business of being a playwright: submission, production, self-production, social networking, and other resources.

For Actors: Take a performance workshop. More details here.

Improv, scene study, acting games and group devised performance. 

Turn Your Life into a Solo Performance. More details here. 

You’ll learn how to make your solo-show so hysterical and moving, transforming personal events into compelling tales, with a powerful theme. Through fun, in-class writing exercises and targeted feedback, you’ll build  moments, characters, and music that will provide the essential elements for your show and learn share secrets for getting your show produced. By the end of this class, you’ll have laid the foundations for your solo-show, and have a plan for turning the story of your life into a performance to remember.

For artists: Mixed Media Artistic Workshops. More details here

Singing Tree Revisited Hi Res Photo

Show Me Your heART Art Exploration Series here.

Using eclectic materials, unique insights, messy fun, and guided prompts, this class will inspire you to draw on creativity as a means of personal expression and to make beautiful, personal art. You’ll discover what being in the “flow” feels like and how freeing it can be to use art to navigate through life’s difficult detours. Learn to embrace the beauty of your mistakes, negotiate the curves that all artists come across in their work, utilize a range of materials, and deploy innovative strategies for conquering a blank page or empty canvas.

Workshops on Sexual Assault Advocacy, Awareness, Healing and Prevention.

  • Learn about Gutless and Grateful as an interactive performance presentation for sexual assault here.
  • Learn more about Amy’s other sexual assault programs, resources and experience here.

Gutless and Grateful Performance combined with interactive workshop 

View one-sheet PDF here. 

Trauma affects every individual differently.  Storytelling through theatre makes healing possible for all.   “Gutless and Grateful” is a primal piece of musical theatre, chronicling sexual abuse, 27 stomach surgeries, organ failure, six years unable to eat or drink, and months in a coma through interwoven song and dialogue. Amy shares her near death experience and unique story with humor, hunger and heart. A celebration of life through creativity, passion, and resilience, Amy shares how theatre helped to facilitate healing through a decade of trauma, serving as lifeline which enabled her to reclaim her voice and identity.  Participants will develop a resiliency toolbox to thrive through difficulties by using exploratory theatre exercises and creative prompts as guides.

The performed word and nuanced gesture can transform our lives, our community, shape our world, cultivate self-love and create compassion.  Amy will perform segments of her autobiographical musical, demonstrate the healing process of telling her story, and provide tools for others to do the same through creative exercises linking resiliency to empowerment and positive change. Drama, storytelling and music can bring marginalized voices center stage, and reframe our experience. Learn how to tell your story in dynamic, engaging ways, by transforming adversity into creative growth.

  • Participants will be able to describe three ways that storytelling through theatre can  aid the healing process after emotional and physical trauma.
  • Participants will be able to list four identifiable symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and connect creative resilience tools to alleviating each symptom.
  • Participants will create four tools to develop their resiliency toolbox and identify how each tool can plant the seeds of post traumatic growth, enabling an individual to thrive after trauma.

You’re On The Road: A Workshop for Detourists. Learn more here.

Did life go a totally different way than you had expected?

Has that unplanned event in your life shaped who you are today?

If this sounds like you’ve been here before, then you’re a Detourist! Detours can seem like obstacles, yet can also be opportunities.  Through creative expression, we reshape our identities and discover the flowers on our detoured path, gaining adaptability and a positive, empowered attitude toward obstacles, transforming life’s “detours” into everyday blessings.

“Detourist workshops” aim to encourage growth and healing by sharing our stories; and to transform communities by inspiring people to open their minds and reframe their view of “detours” into a new direction for life.

Through creative writing prompts, engaging discussions, improvisational activities,and art exercises, participants learn to celebrate the detours that form our identity.  Using the Detour “RoadMap to Resilience” participants learn to navigate life’s messy detours through the transformative power of creativity.

  • Participants will be able to identify four qualities that foster resilience in times of adversity.
  • Participants will be able to develop three creative tools to help them navigate a “detour” in life.
  • Participants will be able to define two instances of a “detour” in their life, and connect how each “detour” has contributed to their identity.

The workshop will involve active movement exercises, exploratory art exercises, creative writing prompts, engaging discussions and theatre games.  The “art” component will not require additional materials.  This component involves drawing, doodling, and mindful artistic expression – paper and crayons will be sufficient.  The goal of the workshop is for participants to discover how through creatively communicating our “detours” we are able to experience in the moment, how that detour has made us who we are.  Therefore, the workshop strives to incorporate multiple disciplines to accommodate all types of “Detourists” and their various learning styles. Learn more here.

Hands-On Arts-Based Spirituality Workshops

Learn more here.

The Detourist Resiliency Method: Transforming Obstacles into Opportunities 

Learn more at    #LoveMyDetour is a creative program highlighting our strengths through creativity to help us handle any uncertainty, adversity or “detour” in our lives with grace, authenticity and confidence. Perfect team-building workshop, arts seminar for business leaders,  or classroom creative curriculum.

Private Creativity Coaching

With tips, tools, compassion and creative assignments, you’ll be navigating your detours and discovering beautiful treasures along the way.  Learn more here.

Private Speaking Coach

Learn more here. You’ll work to refine new public speaking skills, using your own the materials, or we can work together on crafting something that’s uniquely you. Whether you may need practicing for an interview, delivering a presentation, or using your messages to develop a more satisfying speaking style, I’m ready to help you speak your truth and share your heart with the world – whether that be through speaking, art, writing, or performance – I’ve done it all!  See more business and leadership offerings.

This can also be expanded to creating coaching on blogging, marketing and personal branding.

More offerings:

  • Learn about Amy’s motivational speaking here.
  • Learn about Gutless and Grateful as an artist here.
  • Learn about Amy’s work as a playwright here.
  • Contribute writing or share your story as a Detourist here.
  • Read more about Amy’s in depth speaking topics on art, creativity,  wellness, and more here.

Creativity Takes Courage

Amy Oestreicher is a PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, artist, author, writer for Huffington Post, speaker for TEDx and RAINN, health advocate, survivor, award-winning actress, and playwright, sharing the lessons learned from trauma through her writing, mixed media art, performance and inspirational speaking.

As the creator of the Gutless & Grateful, her one-woman autobiographical musical, she’s toured theatres nationwide, along with a program combining mental health advocacy, sexual assault awareness and Broadway Theatre for college campuses.

To celebrate her own “beautiful detour”, Amy created the #LoveMyDetour campaign, to help others thrive through difficulties.

As Eastern Regional Recipient of Convatec’s Great Comebacks Award, she’s contributed to over 70 notable online and print publications, and her story has appeared on NBC’s TODAY, CBS, Cosmopolitan, among others.

She has devised workshops for conferences nationwide, and is this year’s keynote speaker for the Hawaii Pacific Rim International Conference on Diversity and Disability. Learn more at and sign up for updates on My Beautiful Detour, her upcoming book.

 Get started with creativity! Ask Amy to design a workshop for you today. 

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