Please note — Tickets not required for this Acting Out Fest event, however, capacity is limited. Seating is first come, first served
A panel discussion among professional artists, musicians and recovery experts on how to care for your loved ones when they come home from treatment and how artists can adapt to a life as a creative professional while maintaining sobriety.
Moderated by: Joseph Penola (The You Rock Foundation)
Monique Powell Official (Save Ferris),
David Smeltz (I-Tal / Clean House, Inc. / Changed Lives Empowered And New),
Jason Joyce (Recovery Resources)
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— ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Joseph Penola: Moderated by Joseph Penola, founder and executive director of The You Rock Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to spreading mental health awareness using popular musicians as catalysts for communication. Joseph is a suicide attempt survivor who created You Rock as a result of his personal battle with depression. Despite being surrounded by supportive family and friends, Joseph could not confide in anyone. Music from bands like Nine Inch Nails eventually inspired him to talk about his mental illness and get the treatment he needed. You Rock’s video interviews with bands like Slipknot, Korn, Lamb of God, and Killswitch Engage have given music fans the same kind of inspiration that was instrumental to Joseph’s healing. In addition to the work he does for You Rock, organizes a mental health support group at the School of Rock, volunteers as a counselor for Crisis Text Line, and speaks at public schools. yourockfoundation.org/
Monique Powell: Monique Powell is the inimitable front-woman of Save Ferris, a ska-punk band formed in Orange County, California circa 1995. The band released their debut EP “Introducing Save Ferris” on Powell’s own Starpool Records, in 1996. Later that year, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences gave the band a Grammy showcase award for best unsigned band, earning them a recording contract with Epic Records (SONY). The band released their debut full-length album for Epic in 1997. “It Means Everything” featured several re-recorded tracks from the EP, several new songs, a cover of Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ “Come on Eileen,” which the band released as their first official single, and what was to become their most successful single. With two singles in the Billboard top 100 and full rotation on alternative radio all over the world, “It Means Everything” went platinum internationally. In April 1998, the band made made their seminal on-screen appearance in the cult classic teen film, “10 Things I Hate About You”. In 2003, Save Ferris went on an indefinite hiatus. Powell decided to regroup the band in the spring of 2013 to headline a sold out show in Orange County. After almost fifteen years, Save Ferris made their long awaited return to the music scene in 2017. Following a successful PledgeMusic campaign, the band’s new EP – Checkered Past – was released on February 10th. The band embarked a month and a half long tour that began in February. The band are currently on the Vans Warped Tour throughout the summer of 2017.
David Smeltz: David Smeltz attended Ohio State University and earned his Associate’s Degree in Applied Science from Cuyahoga Community College in 1996. He is employed as a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and is currently employed by University Hospitals of Cleveland. In 1978, David started and continues to play in the first American Reggae band in the state of Ohio. The reggae band, I-tal, entertains audiences to this day. In 2010, David started a 501© 3 non profit named Clean House Inc. in which he serves as Executive Director. Clean House Inc. was established as a transitional housing program for men recovering from alcohol and substance abuse. He published a book called, “Clean: From Reggae to Recovery, A Memoir” that tells his story, no holds barred.
Jason Joyce: Jason Joyce is a Licensed Clinical Counselor and Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor at Recovery Resources. His areas of clinical interest include behavioral disorders, PTSD, co-occurring disorders, and developmental psychopathology. Jason has directed the development and implementation of community based and outpatient treatment across Cuyahoga, Summit and Lorain. Prior to joining RR he served as Director of Foster Care and Adoption at Bellfaire.