Getting Split Ready - Episode 27.1 - Dealing With and Healing From Divorce with Humor
The health and mental benefits of laughter and humor are irrefutable. Even medical professionals acknowledge that laughing can have an amazing impact of people dealing with stress and difficult times. Divorce is no different and the positive effect that humor can have on someone dealing with divorce can be astonishing.
Join us for a conversation with comedian, performer and educator, Michele Traina, who brings humor to divorce through he show, The Divorce Diaries.
About Michele Traina
Michele is a performer and educator with over 15 years of onstage and offstage experience in using performance to help people, heal, grow, and learn. She earned a Theatre Degree from Adelphi University in 2003 and toured throughout the country for 5 years performing in various musicals and children's theatre productions and training at Upright Citizens Brigade. Michele earned a Master's in Educational Theatre from NYU in 2009, she was a teacher in Trenton for 3 years where she developed a performing arts program for urban youth in an alternative charter school. The school was shut down by NJ in 2012 and Michele took some time off to enjoy my newborn daughter Grace. Shortly after she started my own company Propbox Players designed to engage, excite, and educate using theatre for the youngest thespians. Geared towards infant to early childhood, Michele reshaped Propbox Players to be one of the only theatre companies that specializes in inclusion performances. This was inspired by my daughter's developmental delays and how cognitive development is enhanced through role play and movement. Propbox Players performances are interactive comedic retellings of fairy tales and original concepts. In going through a divorce, she took a theatre teacher position in Hoboken Public School district and earned a supervisor and principal certification in the state of New Jersey. As an educator, Michele has built relationships and collaborations with Broadway Licensing, McCarter Theatre, The State Theater, and multiple colleges that connected my students to artistic and academic opportunities. Recently Michele transitioned back to performing full time because of the success Divorce Diaries has had and opportunities to travel with the show throughout the country. Divorce Diaries is performed monthly in NYC and NJ and has been performed in Las Vegas, Chicago, Nashville, Huntsville, Birmingham, Naples, and Albany to name a few. It follows my post-divorce journey as a single mom teaching kids with special needs and dating men with special needs. The success of Divorce Diaries and Propbox Players offers with school districts and libraries showed me that it was time to leave a fulltime position as an educator for a school district and focus on my brands under my name. Michele is a performer and educator that uses humor to heal, grow, learn, and inspire one to live its best life.
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