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Broadly speaking, this might be anything from:
“ Ingrid masterfully presents a world of conflict and decision-making. Occasionally, we as health providers and future health providers find ourselves as patients and recipients of healthcare. It can be uncomfortable and confusing when we, as healthcare recipients, are not aligned with those charged with our personal health care, and systems work against us. This wonderful show brings these conflicts into the open and creates a meaningful and poignant dialogue using humor and fact”.
Roberta O’Shea PhD PT
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, College of Health and Human Services, Governors State University
Join Ingrid on a journey of trials met with humor,
pain muted by joy, and the absurd kind of amusement
that only the world of medicine could provide.
Have fun with her, as she tries to discover
how she’ll next use her peculiar identity
to do the reinvention that illness demands.
“ ‘Zebra’ is such an educational experience (whether the therapy/medical profession wants to experience it or not!).”
Jane C, Retired
person w/ an amputation
Connect with me and let's discuss a performance art learning experience that would work for your learners or, to find a planned performance that might speak to you, click Performance/Events
Ingrid on stage at Second City's DeMaat Theater
Upcoming NEW Performance Piece: FALL 2023
The Greatest Sh#%tshow On Earth
Written by Ingrid Masterton
Directed by Jessica Mitolo of Second City Chicago
Come to a world without parallel! A world full of amazing people who do amazing things. A spectacle you will not be able to turn away from…sights, sounds and smells that will entertain, delight, surprise and astound you, and at the same time, bewilder, perplex, startle and shock you.
Join Ringmaster Reggie for a great adventure. Together, you'll watch, and maybe join in, the marvelous, really, inconceivable, almost unbelievable, show of shows that is...the American medical and healthcare system!
Did everyone really do this blond 'fro thing in the '70s or was Ingrid just looking to make up for lost time....um, hair'?
Life as a bald teenager is just one of the stories that illuminates what medical intervention might really mean in the life of an individual.
Providers, policy makers and consumers in the worlds of medicine and healthcare will be in relationship with each other and collaborate in decision-making in a manner that is informed by each others' history, place, cultural space and aspirations.
“ Many thanks to Ingrid for sharing her story, which moved the crowd to laughter, tears, and amazement. A special thanks to all who attended as your presence helped to raise over $1000 to support Illinois PT research”.
Illinois Physical Therapy Association
Revitalize Recap 2018 (annual statewide conference)
A Performance Piece that can be tailored to your audience:
“Thank you, Ingrid, for telling your story. As someone with a chronic illness who's been misdiagnosed many a time, it really resonated with me. Hearing your story, I felt less alone in my experiences and inspired by your strength and humor. It's a very important story and I'm grateful that I got the chance to hear it.”
Oops, that little hardware fracture seemed to have
escaped more than 5 physicians who reviewed the film.
What does that do to the confidence of a client in the medical establishment and how can a physician regain that trust?
“What resonated most for me as a health professional student was the ‘tumor rounds’ bit. It is too easy to label patients by their disease and forget that they’re people”
Brandon D, health professional student
What a way to process the profound and the absurd".
breast cancer survivor
I AM A ZEBRA
Performance Art for Learning in the Worlds of Medicine and Healthcare
I AM A ZEBRA pursues its vision by using improvisational theater writing and performance techniques to develop personal stories into collaborative experiences and performance art, that:
"Brilliant, powerful, edgy, funny…
nothing quite like it”
Kim G, MD
I AM A ZEBRA: A Curiously Entertaining Story of Illness
A One-Person Show
Written & Performed by
Coached and Directed by
Anne Marie Scheffler of Second City Toronto