Author / Playwright / Performer
Learn about Imprints, an original full-length drama here.
Amy Oestreicher is a PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, artist, author, writer for The Huffington Post, speaker for TEDx and RAINN, health advocate, award-winning actress, and playwright. As a survivor and “thriver” of nearly 30 surgeries, a coma, sexual abuse, organ failure, and a decade of medicFullal trauma, Amy has been challenged with moments of extreme difficulty. But, as an artist, newlywed, actress, college student, and overall lover of life, Amy eagerly shares the lessons learned from trauma and has brought out the stories that unite us all through her writing, mixed media art, performance and inspirational speaking.
To celebrate her own “beautiful detour”, Amy created the #LoveMyDetour campaign, to help others cope in the face of unexpected events. “Detourism” is also the subject of her TEDx and upcoming book, My Beautiful Detour, available December 2017. Amy has devoted herself to providing college students with an empowered approach to mental health and sexual assault prevention through her traveling advocacy program and “Student Detourist” movement. In 2015, Amy launched the Student Detourists Outreach Program, enabling students to create outreach chapters on their campuses.
As the 2014 Eastern Regional Recipient of Convatec’s Great Comebacks Award, Amy is a passionate voice in the ostomy community, founding the online community Fearless Ostomates, speaking for the National WOCN conference, and writing for the official print publication of the UOAA. Her presentations on alternative medicine, and patient advocacy and healthcare have also been accepted to into international conferences in Amsterdam, Dubai, Hawaii and others.
Amy has written, directed and starred in a one woman musical about her life, Gutless & Grateful, has flourished as a mixed media and acrylic artist, with her art in multiple galleries and mounting dozens of solo art shows, and continues to share her story through her art, music, theatre, workshops and writings, which have appeared in Washington Post and On Being, with Krista Tippet. Her story has appeared on the TODAY Show, CBS, WNBC and Seventeen, and her one-woman show has been seen in theatres across the country, earning rave reviews and accolades since it’s BroadwayWorld Award-nominated NYC debut.
Amy’s original, full-length drama, Imprints, premiered at the NYC Producer’s Club in May 2016, exploring how trauma affects the family as well as the individual. She has also collaborated with Beechwood Arts on “Resilience and the Power of the Human Spirit”, using her monologues, art, writing and recipes to express the life-altering detours and ultimately the invaluable gifts of her resilience journey.
Amy is currently touring the country with her one-woman musical, Gutless & Grateful, her keynote presentations, workshops and signature talkbacks, which she has devised specialized versions for corporations, college campuses, survivors, healthcare professionals, and artists. She is leading mixed media creativity workshops to promote creativity as a mindset, an essential survival skill. Amy also offers private coaching to help others navigate their own beautiful detours, and prides herself most on ending each night with a gratitude list.
Gutless & Grateful
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Author / Playwright / Performer