Amy Oestreicher & Jean Marie Keevins – TO BE RESCHEDULE

The one who has a good friend doesn’t need any mirror



Amy & Jean Marie start and end their days in gratitude. In between, they both try to make art, make a living and love the lives they’ve been given. This evening will start with a 20 minute teaching by Amy, followed by 25 minutes of the two women in conversation. The evening will close with a brief Q&A.

This event is presented as part of our “Share The Mic Monday’s” series.


Mon. April 5, 2021 8pm et/ 5pm pt

Approximately 1 hour including Q&A


In exchange for this conversation, please consider donating to either or both of these organizations or amplifying the work that they are doing.

Amy Oestreicher requests your support of Love My Detour.

Jean Marie Keevins support for Little Shadow Productions.

This event will take place via Zoom

About The Speakers

Amy Oestreicher is an Audie award-nominated playwright, performer, and multidisciplinary creator. A singer, librettist, and visual  artist, she dedicates her work to celebrating untold stories, and the detours in life that can spark connection and transform communities. Amy overcame a decade of trauma to become a sought-after PTSD specialist, artist, author, writer for The Huffington Post, international keynote speaker, RAINN representative, and health advocate. She has given four TEDx Talks on transforming trauma through creativity, and has contributed to NBC’s Today, CBS, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen Magazine, The Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, and MSNBC, among others. Amy has toured her multi-award-winning  musical, Gutless & Grateful, to over 200 venues from 54 Below to Barrington Stage Company since its 2012 NYC debut, and developed her full-length play, Flicker and a Firestarter, with Playlight Theatre Co. Her multimedia musical, Passageways (original lyrics, music, book and mixed media artwork) has been performed at HERE Arts Center, Dixon Place, and the Triad Theater.   Her plays have been published by Eddy Theatre Company, PerformerStuff, Narcissists Anthology, New World Theatre’s “Solitary Voice: A Collection of Epic Monologues,” and were finalists in Manhattan Repertory’s Short Play Festival, NYNW Theatre Fest, #MeTooTheatreWomen, “Women in the Age of Trump,” and Tennessee Williams’s New Orleans Literary Festival, and performed across the country by students for immigration festivals, academic projects, and Sexual Assault Prevention Month.  She is founder of “LoveMyDetour,”  a campaign creating seminars, workshops, curriculum, books, music, and performances designed to entertain, educate, and engage on the intersection of arts and social justice, is part of the National Initiative for Arts and Health in the Military.  Her memoir, My Beautiful Detour: An Unthinkable Journey from Gutless to Grateful. was awarded 2nd Place Winner of Best Memoir/Autobiography for the 2019 CT Press Awards, and she has just released the self-narrated audiobook, with an afterward by Tony-Award winning composer and librettist William Finn. 

Amy has participated in the shadow puppetry and writing strands of two Eugene O’Neill Puppetry Conferences, performing her shadow theatre work, “Finally Soar” and “Hummingbirds” monologue, and her Toy Theatre Piece on Women’s Suffrage Activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton was performed in the 100th Anniversary Women’s Suffrage Pageant, and the New England Virtual Puppet Con. She is a student in the Graduate Certificate Puppet Arts program at UCONN and has also studied toy theatre, maskwork, movement and puppet arts with Kate Brehm, Jim Napolitano, Sova Theatre, Edwin Salas, and Steve Troop. She is currently in the Virtual Puppet Residency sponsored by the Pittsburgh Center of Arts and Media. Amy is currently Developing Gaia Plants a Seed, a solo performance combining puppetry, Butoh, and site-specific theatre on environmental justice, ecofeminism, and sacred feminine mythology to encourage women to claim their role in preserving our planet, and has launched a series of workshops, Step Into Joy, inspiring people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to claim a walking practice that inspires connection with their environment and respect for various ecosystems. See more at

Jean Marie Keevins is a NYC-based, multi-hyphenate creative and business expert. Known in the arts as an Emmy-nominated supervisor, award-winning producer, writer, puppet artist and designer, she is most proud of her role as an all around cheerleader and coach for those who work outside of the box and are on a mission.  

At Little Shadow, Jean Marie is chief creative visionary, business planner and team coach. Based on the knowledge gained working for companies such as Apple, Sesame Workshop, Disney and the like, coupled with her time moonlighting in hedge funds, Jean Marie understands what it’s like to serve the needs of a large engine. As a serial entrepreneur and someone who frequently serves and consults small businesses, Jean Marie also understands how to build and maintain the business itself. Her hybrid approach to her business and creativity is her secret sauce.

For Jean Marie’s extended bio, please click here.

Not quite what you’re looking for? As we continue to book additional workshops, I’d love to know what you’re curious about. What would you like to learn? The sky’s the limit! Drop me a line!

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”

~Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation
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