Dana Sayre is an advocate 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 websites such as Liminalities, the Horn, the Austinot, HowlRound, Bitch Magazine, Occupy.com, and The National Domestic Violence Hotline.
Dana is a founding member of Austin Queer Yoga Collective, Gathering Ground Theatre, and Queeret Austin. Dana has volunteered with Building Connection at the Hideout Theatre and has partnered with organizations including Transform Fitness, Monkeywrench Books, Human Potential Center, Dragon’s Lair, OutYouth, Art Spark Texas, Austin Playback Theatre and Kids Acting Studio.
Dana is openly queer, non-binary, kinky, and non-monogamous. Pronouns are they/them/their. Dana provides education about healthy and sex-positive relationships and the dynamics of abuse, while working to reduce the shame and stigma of those with marginalized identities. Dana is open about their 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.