About Breaking Through!
The Breaking Through! Musical Theater Intensive is a three-day musical theater and arts workshop for the bleeding disorders community, produced by Believe Limited and sponsored exclusively by BioMarin. Teen participants from around the country will be flown to New York City to learn and perform a 6-song musical about the psychosocial and general health aspects of being a young person with a bleeding disorder. Material will be custom-written based on participant guidance during the application process.
The weekend will culminate in a performance for local bleeding disorders community members, family, and friends, followed by a talk-back with the 25 participants. The entire weekend will be photographed and filmed, with subsequent educational material being created and distributed year-round.
The objective of this ground-breaking new program is to provide powerful, engaging education on the healing and therapeutic power of the arts and self-expression. Though the focus will be primarily on singing and performance, we will have trained facilitators conducting breakout sessions on subjects like:
- The Impact of Breathing & Relaxation on Pain Management, incl. Breathing Techniques
- The Psychosocial Benefits of Communication, incl. Healthy Communication Practices
- The Therapeutic Value of Self-Expression in the Arts
Our community does an incredible job of working to inspire our young people to participate in physical activity. We believe that the next frontier of health and wellness must be the arts and self-expression. Follow Believe's BloodStream Media Facebook page to see why!
Meet The Leadership Team
PATRICK JAMES LYNCH, Breaking Through! Workshop Director
Patrick's work is focused on creating engaging, educational and empowering content & live events for people affected by bleeding disorders. Creator, executive producer, and star of the award-winning bleeding disorders web series Stop The Bleeding! Host and creator, The BloodStream™ Podcast, distributed by the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF). Producer, writer, and host, The Teen Impact Awards. Writer, Helping Hany, a claymation web series about a young girl with von Willebrand disease. Executive producer, writer, and director of the World Federation of Hemophilia’s (WFH) ten-part "Treatment For All" web series. Director, Bombardier Blood, upcoming feature film about severe hemophiliac Chris Bombardier’s climbing of Mount Everest (2018). Patrick has been recognized with the Hemophilia Federation of America's Terry Lamb Health & Wellness Award (2013), NHF’s Loras Goedken Meritorious Achievement Award (2014), and was chair of WFH’s World Congress Humanitarian Aid Program Session (2018). His work has received mainstream media coverage from outlets such as FoxNews, PBS, and Buzzfeed, and since 2013, Patrick has facilitated programming at over 50 community events in the bleeding disorders community. Patrick lives with severe hemophilia A and dedicates his work to the memory of his brother Adam, who was also born with severe hemophilia A but died at 18 of an intracranial bleed. Founding Board President, 501(c)(3) Entertainment to Affect Change (E2AC).
PAUL RUSSELL, Breaking Through! Musical Director
Paul trained at one of London's top conservatories for the performing arts. Upon graduating he spent several years performing in West End musicals and international tours. In 2008 he sang for The Queen of England at Balmoral Castle. As a vocal coach Paul leads choirs in London, New York, Miami and Dubai. He has worked with Oscar & Grammy winner John Legend as the vocal director to a children's chorus at a series of concerts in the states; he has coached Hollywood actors Liv Tyler and Hugh Jackman. Paul is now based in London, but regularly travels to the U.S. to lead summer theatre camps with children and teens, and direct choirs for companies such as Google and AIG Insurance. Paul is also the director of UK Haemophilia Society’s choir, and recently directed them at WFH Congress 2018 Opening Session.
JESSICA RICHMOND, Breaking Through! Assistant Workshop Director
Jessica Lauren Richmond ("J-Rich") - Creative Producer and Multi-Media Strategist. Jessica earned her BFA from Boston University's College of Fine Arts and studied at LAMDA - the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Jessica has developed narrative content and immersive events with an array of media outlets including: YouTube Red, HBO, SoHo House, Believe Limited, and Niantic Labs. She coordinates media for Skin Motion - an augmented reality platform that brings tattoos to life and has produced 2 music festivals with non-for-profit organization The Shadows Foundation.
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
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1. Do I have to be able to sing like Ariana Grande or Ed Sheeran to apply? Is experience necessary?
In short, no! Believe Limited and BioMarin are committed to creating a positive and impactful learning environment for young community members who wish to better understand how the arts and artistic expression can improve their health outcomes. If an applicant has some ability to carry a tune, that’s certainly a bonus, but it will not be the deciding factor in an applicant’s participation.
2. What are the dates and location of the workshop?
The Breaking Through! Musical Theater Intensive will be held in New York City, over Veteran's Day Weekend this fall, November 9th through 12th, 2018. Additional location and scheduling details will be released in the coming months.
3. Does it cost anything?
No. BioMarin and Believe Limited are committed to keeping this program free to community members selected to participate, now and always. Travel, accommodations and food are included for each participant.
4. Do I have to have hemophilia to apply?
No! While most of the slots are reserved for male and female high school students with hemophilia, there are also spots reserved for high school students who are carriers of hemophilia, who have von Willebrand disease, who have another rare factor deficiency, or who have a sibling living with a bleeding disorder.
5. Do I have to be able to read sheet music?
No. We will have a musical director and mentors who are helping us prepare the songs in a way that will allow everyone to participate, regardless of an applicant’s ability to read sheet music.
6. Do I have to be able to dance?
No. The final performance will consist of some basic movement entering and exiting the stage, and some basic movement during each song. The experience is being built for young people of all mobility levels.
7. Do I have to be from New York?
No. Breaking Through! is open to community members from around the country.
8. What if I can only come for some of the days?
Because of the nature of the program, participants will be required to attend the entire weekend.
9. Can I invite family and friends to the final performance?
Yes! All participants will be able to invite friends and family to the show. We'll go over the invitation policies and numbers this fall with the families of teens selected to participate.
10. Will there be photos and video available for family members who aren’t able to attend the final performance?
Yes! We are filming and photographing the entire weekend to create valuable educational content for community members around the country. This content will be released throughout the year on BioMarin and Believe Limited social media properties to ensure the entire community can benefit from this program year-round. Participants and chaperones will be required to sign a media release form in order to attend.
11. This program is for community teens. Do I need a chaperone (a parent or legal guardian) in order to participate?
Please check back soon. We will have a policy in place in the coming months. For now, please apply! We will communicate and work with selected participants when our policy is finalized.
12. When do submissions and nominations close?
Submissions and nominations close at 11:59pm PST on Saturday, September 1st.
13. May I nominate someone more than one time? Will that help their chances of being selected?
Multiple nominations will not help an individual's chances of being selected for the program. Nominations enable us to identify and reach out to potential participants. Once a nomination has taken place, it is up to the nominated individual and their parent/guardian to complete the application process for consideration.
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About Believe Limited
Believe Limited is an award-winning boutique agency focused on creating educational, inspirational and deeply impactful digital content, live events, podcasts and more for rare disease communities, with a deeply-rooted focus in hemophilia and bleeding disorders. Our work has been honored by the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF). Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA) and the WEBBYs. To learn more about content and programming, please visit www.BelieveLTD.com.
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