Comedian, Mental Health Advocate, and Author of Agorafabulous!: Dispatches from My Bedroom
Why Sara Benincasa?
You want an honest and entertaining look at the challenges of campus life that will make you shed a tear and laugh-out-loud.
Your audience needs a refreshing and bold program that addresses tough issues in a light-hearted way from a celebrated comedienne.
She will create a positive discussion about mental health.
Fee Range:(BELOW $10,000)
About Sara Benincasa
Sara Benincasa's lifelong struggle with mental illness led her to consider suicide at the age of 21. Her journey from severe depression and panic disorder to healthy adulthood and a successful career in comedy is an inspirational, funny, and engaging tale. Now a comedian, author, and speaker, she intertwines humor with her own experiences to address serious, topical issues in the mental health realm.
Since beating the phobias that once restricted everyday life and confined her to her apartment, Benincasa has continued her climb to career high pinnacles. She has blogged for xoJane.com, Wonkette.com, Marie Claire, Comedy Central, and CNN.com, and currently hosts the popular Sex and Other Human Activities podcast. Benincasa was also a citizen journalist for MTV's 2008 Emmy Award-winning Think campaign.
She is the author of the YA novel Great and the memoir Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom, based on her critically acclaimed solo show about panic attacks and agoraphobia. She is currently adapting Agorafabulous as a half-hour comedy pilot for the USA network, with executive producers Diablo Cody and Mason Novick as well as Debbie Liebling of Ben Stiller's Red Hour Television. Sara is also working on her third book, Believers, due out in summer 2015.
Passionate about learning and sharing knowledge, Benincasa holds a Masters in Secondary School English Education from Teachers College of Columbia University and has taught high school students through AmeriCorps and at the Bronx High School of Science.
Based on her own moving stories of anxiety, phobia, and depression -- with comical college experiences peppered throughout -- Benincasa engages college audiences in a honest dialogue on self-esteem and self-image while educating them on the importance of seeking counseling before mental health issues go too far.
Agorabafulous! Dispatches From My Bedroom
Based on Benincasa's book, Agorafabulous!: Dispatches from My Bedroom (February 2012) this painful, piognant but hilarious presentation chronicles her attempts to forge a wonderfully weird adulthood in the midst of her lifelong struggle with agoraphobia, depression, and unruly hair: in Boston, a college student fears leaving her own room - even to use the toilet; in Pennsylvania, a meek personal assistant finally confronts a perpetually enraged gay spiritual guru; in Texas, a rookie high school teacher deals with her male student's unusually, er, hard personal problem. Sara Benincasa has been that terrified student, that embattled employee, that confused teacher - and so much more. Relatable, unpretentious, and unsentimental, Agorafabulous! celebrates eccentricity, resilience, and the power of humor to light up even the darkest corners of our lives. Benincasa says of the book, "There are also some sexy parts, but they're really awkward. Like really, really awkward. Can you even imagine how they'll translate to audiences?
Help! You Need Somebody!
As students enter college and are away from home for the first time, support systems often move out of reach. Navigating young adulthood and the pressures of academia can also contribute to developing poor habits, feelings of stress, or worse. With humor and a deep sense of empathy, campus speaker Sara Benincasa emphasizes the importance of reaching out for help when you need it, especially before your mental health suffers. Highlighting the resources that college campuses provide, she provides a lifeline to those who may be struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, or negative emotions.