Amy Oestreicher is a PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, artist, author, writer for Huffington Post, speaker for TEDx and RAINN, health advocate, survivor, award-winning actress, and playwright, sharing the lessons learned from trauma through her writing, mixed media art, performance and inspirational speaking.
As the creator of the Gutless & Grateful, her one-woman autobiographical musical, she's toured theatres nationwide, after it's NYC Broadway-World nominated debut in 2012. along with a program combining mental health advocacy, sexual assault awareness and Broadway Theatre for college campuses and international conferences. Her 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.
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.
As Eastern Regional Recipient of Convatec’s Great Comebacks Award, she's contributed to over 70 notable online and print publications, and her story has appeared on NBC's TODAY, CBS, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Washington Post, among others.
She has devised expressive arts, storytelling and health workshops for conferences nationwide, and is this year's keynote speaker for the Hawaii Pacific Rim International Conference on Diversity and Disability. She is a member o the League of Professional Theatre Women, Theatre Arts Workshop, League for Advancement of New England Storytellers, and CT Cultural Alliance as an actress, playwright and director, Learn the art of navigating beautiful detours: amyoes.com.
Name: Amy Oestreicher
Lives in: Westport, Connecticut
Company: Gutless & Grateful
Occupation: Actor, Crafty, Music Composer, Visual Effects Artist, Voice Artist, Dancer, Narrator, Acting Teacher, Casting Director, Art Director, Comedian, Playwright, Dramaturge, Marketing/pr and Director
Unique traits: Highly skilled, dedicated and accomplished PTSD Peer-to-Peer Specialist, Artist, Author, Writer for the Huffington Post, Motivational Speaker for RAINN and TEDx, Award Winning Health Advocate, Actress and Playwright, survivor of 30 surgeries, and winner of Convatec’s “Great Comeback Award” sharing my experiences to inspire others to face and overcome challenges. SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS • Accomplished Actress, Creative Writer, Dancer/Performer, Keynote Speaker, Private Coach, and Advocacy Program Leader. • Unbridled passion for teaching, coaching and mentoring others to overcome life’s many obstacles and to lead a rewarding and fulfilling life. • Freelance Writer, Blogger and Public Speaker on a variety of health and wellness issues. • Compassionate, caring and empathetic. • Strong advocate of collaborative working partnerships with client organizations to pursue and achieve shared goals.
Gutless and Grateful
Theater by Amy Oestreicher Self Amy Oestreicherwas an ambitious, audacious teenager who had her life all planned out: go to college, win a Tony, and conquer the world. But life took an unexpected detour when the week before her high school senior prom, she found herself in unusual pain. She was rushed to the emergency room, and due to a blood clot, Amy’s stomach exploded to the ceiling of the operating room. After both lungs collapsed, she almost died. Months later, she awoke from a coma covered in tubes, bags, and drains, and was told that she had no stomach anymore, she could not eat or drink, and it was not certain if or when she would ever taste one bite ever again. It took 27 surgeries and over three years, but eventually, Amy was miraculously reconstructed, and with the intestines she had left, was given a system that digests food.
Drama by Stage Love Theater Playwright With her sights set on Broadway, Patricia is alarmed to wake up in a surgical ICU and to find her world forever changed. Patricia is forced to come to terms with a dark past kept hidden from her family, as well as another self who has grown from a trauma which she had hoped to forget. Imprints explores the bondage of secrets, the re-membering of a life broken open by trauma and the healing power of art. A poignant story of a family, ripped apart, reassembling with the imprints of a heartbreaking past. A trauma creates imprints on the soul and leaves us forever changed. But how do we to reclaim who we are after these imprints have tested our resilience and leave us with scars that are sensed, but not seen?
Bistro Awards NYC Top Pick – Gutless & Grateful Emerging Artist Theatre 2015 NYC
United Way Honoree Fairfield, CT 2005 (Founded original music program in CT nursing homes)
2014 Eastern Regional Recipient of Convatec’s Great Comebacks Award
United Ostomy of America Association speaker at regional conferences in NJ, CT, and NC, and national
Woman About Town’s “Woman to Celebrate” – Gutless & Grateful United Solo Fest 2014 NYC
BroadwayWorld Award Nominee Best Theatre Debut – Gutless & Grateful at Stage 27 (June 2013, NYC)
Hampshire College (Amherst, MA)