Comedian and advocate Pamela Rae Schuller will lead a comedy and improv workshop about Tourettes and Torah on Sunday, Feb. 5 from 5:30–7:30 PM at Kerem Shalom (659 Elm St. in Concord). The event for area Jewish teens is organized by J-LOFT (Jewish Learning Opportunities for Teens, headed by Beth El’s Shoni Aronovich.
Free and open to all in grades 8-12. If you’re already a J-LOFT teen, you don’t need to register; otherwise, please click here to register.
As a teen, Schuller had the worst diagnosed case of Tourette syndrome in the country, a touch of obsessive-compulsive disorder, and a whole lot of pent-up anger. She spent years depressed and wishing her differences away. Over time, she started looking at her life differently and turned her obstacles and challenges into the very fuel that propels her.
Now an internationally known disability and mental health advocate and professional stand-up comedian, Pamela’s stories of growing up in a body she had no control over are engaging, powerful, a little bit heart-wrenching, and unapologetically funny. She has turned her experiences and training into a repertoire that teaches kids and teens to be proud of who they are, communities to be deeply inclusive, and corporate teams to be innovative and learn to make smart, bold moves. She doesn’t just “tolerate” what makes her different; she embraces it, loves it, and finds the funny in it… all while challenging her audiences to do the same.