Dana Sayre is an anti-shame advocate, identity coach, and teaching artist living in Austin, Texas. She is enrolled in the alternative training program to become a Registered Drama Therapist through the North American Drama Therapy Association.
Dana has a BA in Theatre and English from Fairmont State University and a MA in Performance Studies from Texas A&M University. Her writing has been published by Liminalities, the Horn, the Austinot, HowlRound, Bitch Magazine, and Occupy.com. Dana co-hosts a monthly yoga and drama therapy workshop called Come Out and Play at Transform Fitness.
Dana is openly queer, kinky, and polyamorous. She strives to raise awareness about sex-positive culture and to reduce the shame and stigma of those with marginalized identities through education and validation. Dana is also open about her struggles with anxiety, depression, and PTSD, hoping to raise awareness about mental illness and help others who may be struggling in silence to feel less alone.
Dana works as assistant to the owner of BookWoman, Austin’s feminist bookstore, in addition to running her own housecleaning business and substituting as a teaching artist for Creative Action. When she isn’t working, Dana can be found cuddling with her cat Angel, drinking tea, gardening, crafting, cooking, reading, doing yoga, exploring Austin by foot or bike, or chatting with other queer artists and entrepreneurs.
You can follow her on Twitter at @Femm_Artist.