Dana Sayre is an anti-shame advocate, identity coach, and drama therapist 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. She is also learning to facilitate psychodrama at Centerwood.
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 is a member of the Austin Queer Yoga Collective and provisional member of Austin Playback Theatre. She volunteers with Building Connection at the Hideout Theatre. She hosts workshops in the community and has partnered with organizations such as Transform Fitness, Monkeywrench Books, the Human Potential Center, Dragon’s Lair, OutYouth, and VSA Texas.
Dana is openly queer, non-binary, kinky, and non-monogamous. 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 C-PTSD, hoping to raise awareness about mental illness and help others who may be struggling in silence to feel less alone.
Dana works as a teaching artist for Creative Action. She can occasionally be found at BookWoman, Austin’s feminist bookstore, and sometimes does housecleaning or pet sitting. 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.