Slings and Arrows Performer Spotlight: Dr. Kyler Shumway

Dr. Kyler Shumway is the author of The Friendship Formula, a book dedicated to helping teens and adults find friendship by being better at it. He is also a keynote speaker and has guest-starred on televised news to share insights about mental health and child psychology. Originally from a small town in rural Idaho, Dr. Shumway had a strong career as a nationally-ranked shotputter and Division 1 athlete. Many might assume that he was one of “the cool kids” growing up, but instead, he was a target of bullying.

This Thursday, Kyler will tell a story of the hunted becoming the hunter in his piece, How I (Barely) Survived Bullying.


Into the Woods Spotlight: Shefali O’Hara

Shefali O’Hara is an artist, writer and teacher as well as a type IV cancer conqueror who was given 6 months to live 15 years ago. She prefers the word conqueror to survivor when she thinks of herself. Her art can be viewed online at Facebook:Austinlace and in person at the Framer’s Gallery in Georgetown. She teaches “Resilience and Joy”, an art class for those dealing with cancer, depression and other types of trauma. To sign up for a class, to purchase her art or signed prints, or to commission a special painting, contact her at shefali.ohara@gmail.com.

This evening, Shefali will share her story of finding a new path in life in her piece Resilience and Joy.


Chemistry Performer Spotlight: Meredith Badali

Meredith Badali is a Virginia gal who traveled west in Spring 2012; she moved to Austin in 2017 from Los Angeles and is happy about the route the journey has taken. Her life is filled with love, hustle and adventure. She fancies herself a connector of people and things and that is apparent in the way she communicates, the people she surrounds herself with and the projects she chooses to dedicate her time to each day. She’s thrilled to be onstage and believes this is a springboard moment for her to officially become a storyteller.

Meredith will be telling a tale of a journey to find balance in her head and in her life in her piece Screaming Into Cinder Blocks.