Penn State Abington invites public to share personal stories to help others

Auditions to be held in August for performance piece titled 'This is My Brave'
Auditions for This Is My Brave
Credit: Penn State

ABINGTON, Pa. — Penn State Abington is putting out a call to members of the community to share their stories in "This Is My Brave," a performance piece designed to reduce the stigma surrounding issues such as substance use, mental health, human trafficking, domestic violence and other challenges. 

Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to audition by preparing a five-minute performance that demonstrates their personal experience through a monologue, poetry, song, dance or other artistic expression. Auditions will be reviewed by the organizing committee, and 10 performers will be chosen. Learn more about "This Is My Brave," view a previous show, and schedule an audition here for Aug. 10, Aug. 23 or Aug. 26.

During the fall, performers are required to participate in three rehearsals, one cast party, and a run-through before the show. The show will be staged for the public on the evening of Oct. 12 at Penn State Abington. Those who are selected to perform will receive a $250 honorarium at the conclusion of the event. 

"This Is My Brave" is a nonprofit storytelling organization dedicated to breaking down stigma. Shows are performed across the United States and Australia. 

About Penn State Abington 

Penn State Abington provides an affordable, accessible and high-impact education to its diverse student body. It is committed to student success through innovative approaches to 21st-century public higher education within a world-class research university. With more than 3,100 students, Penn State Abington is a residential campus that offers bachelor’s degrees in 25 majors, undergraduate research, the Schreyer Honors College, NCAA Division III athletics and more.