IMAGINE A WORLD WHERE EMPATHY AND COMPASSION ABOUND, WHERE AN ACTIVE COMMUNITY THRIVES, WHERE PEOPLE EXPERIENCE HAPPINESS AND HOPE THAT INSPIRES THEM TO DRIVE GLOBAL CHANGE!
THESE ARE CHALLENGING TIMES. SOCIETY IS POLARIZING AROUND VIEWPOINTS THAT REINFORCE NEGATIVE THINKING AND BEHAVIOR. CONSUMED BY ELECTRONICS, PEOPLE'S ABILITY TO RELATE TO EACH OTHER IS FAILING, LEAVING THEM MORE DIVIDED THAN EVER BEFORE. UNABLE TO APPLY AUTHENTIC EMOTIONS TO OTHERS - OR EVEN UNDERSTAND THEIR OWN - PEOPLE DOUBT THAT CHANGE IS POSSIBLE. AND THIS TOXIC DYNAMIC PUTS OUR COLLECTIVE FUTURE AT RISK.
BUT WE DON'T HAVE TO LIVE THIS WAY! AND EMPATHY LIGHTS THE PATH!
POWERING EMPATHY AND OUR PARTNER INITIATIVE, THE EMOTIONAL THEATER, BRING INDIVIDUALS AND COMMUNITIES TOGETHER TO DRIVE GROUP PARTICIPATION IN LEARNING WHAT EMPATHY IS AND USING THEATER AS A VEHICLE TO EXPRESS AND EXPERIENCE EMOTIONS. THROUGH STORYTELLING, GAMIFICATION, AND ENGAGING THEATRICAL ACTIVITY, WE MAKE LEARNING AND PRACTICING EMPATHY FUN AND COMMUNAL.
EMPATHETIC PEOPLE CAN AND WILL CHANGE THE WORLD. EXPLORING EMOTIONS IN A REAL AND ACTIONABLE WAY FUNDAMENTALLY ALTERS OUR BELIEFS AND BEHAVIORS. INDIVIDUALS IN TOUCH WITH THEIR EMOTIONS AND CONNECTED WITH OTHERS EXPERIENCE JOY AND HOPE, MAKING THEM BETTER LEADERS, COMMUNITY MEMBERS, FRIENDS, AND NEIGHBORS, RESULTING IN REAL WORLD TRANSFORMATION.
EDUCATION + EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE + ACTIVE PARTICIPATION = CHANGE
WE BELIEVE THAT THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT, OFFERING A CHANCE FOR INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, COMMUNITIES, AND ALL LIFE ON OUR PLANET TO BENEFIT FROM HUMAN AWARENESS AND ENLIGHTENMENT.
"When I close my eyes, I dream of a world filled with kindness.
When I open my eyes, I set out to achieve my dreams."
-Joleen Sheldon, Founder
Joleen Sheldon is the founder of the Emotional Theater as well as the author, artist, and technical talent behind the project. Aware of her own shyness, Joleen hopes to share the joy of expressing oneself while providing an emotional safe space for even the shyest of performers. A visual artist for over 25 years, the Emotional Theater has propelled her into new mediums. Joleen now adds poet, illustrator, and 3D designer to her portfolio.
Joleen’s dreams have grown as her project has grown, and a vibrant, optimistic vision for the future has come into focus. Empathetic people in connected communities can change the world if given the knowledge and tools to do so. Building those tools brought out a creativity in Joleen that is both visually striking and powerfully engaging. Today her endeavors encompass not only two books, “Jester Lester and the Mean Green Bean” and “The Emotional Theater Talent Show,” but also emotionaltheater.com, poweringempathy.com, and a suite of solutions for schools, families, and communities.
Her goal in creating the Emotional Theater is to make the world a kinder place for all life on earth, and Joleen is driven everyday to achieve that reality.