Dana Sayre is an anti-shame advocate, identity coach, and drama therapist living in Austin, Texas. Dana is enrolled in the alternative training program to become certified as a Registered Drama Therapist through the North American Drama Therapy Association and is also training at Centerwood Institute, currently holding the title of Assistant Director of Psychodrama.
Dana has a BA in Theatre and English from Fairmont State University and a MA in Performance Studies from Texas A&M University. Dana’s writing has been published by Liminalities, the Horn, the Austinot, HowlRound, Bitch Magazine, and Occupy.com.
Dana is a member of Austin Queer Yoga Collective and Gathering Ground Theatre, and a provisional member of Austin Playback Theatre. Dana has volunteered with Building Connection at the Hideout Theatre and has partnered with Transform Fitness, Monkeywrench Books, Human Potential Center, Dragon’s Lair, OutYouth, and VSA Texas to facilitate workshops and events. Dana is currently working with Kids Acting Studio and the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
Dana is openly queer, non-binary, kinky, and non-monogamous. Pronouns are (s)he or they. Dana provides education about healthy and sex-positive relationships, while working to reduce the shame and stigma of those with marginalized identities. Dana is open about personal history with anxiety, depression, and C-PTSD to raise awareness about mental illness and help others who may be struggling in silence to feel less alone.