Meet The Producers for This Is My Brave Baltimore 2018!

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Tara DeCapite

My husband, Matt and I came upon an article featuring fellow James Madison alumnae Jennifer Marshall and the powerful story behind “This Is My Brave.”  We were inspired by this outstanding organization and began our journey to support its mission to break down the stigma associated with mental illness. We began by sharing our story through a Blog we called “Espresso Our Story, The hopeful journey of one family living with mental illness.” Soon after, Matt and his brother, Pete ran a 50 mile race and officially launched our fundraising efforts in support of TIMB. Both the race and the fundraising efforts were successful, igniting the flame needed to produce a show here in Baltimore!

Depression and anxiety have been intricately woven into my tapestry since my teens. I, like others battling mental illness, furiously fight day in and day to come out on the other side and embrace the beautiful, blessed life that I have been given. I often find myself standing on the ledge between fear and shame and the promise of hope. TIMB creates an opportunity to release these gripping fears in the form of story-telling, and in turn melt away the stigma associated with mental illness! As a mother to four children, my hope is that they will grow up with the understanding that while mental illness is an integral part of our journey, it does not define us and is nothing to be ashamed of. Together, we can raise awareness, spread compassion and begin a dialogue that can truly make a difference in the lives of many.

I am both honored and humbled to work alongside Kristin, Pete and Jordan to produce the This is My Brave Baltimore show! I am excited to create an empowering platform that inspires individuals to show the world their BRAVE!

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Kristin DeCapite

I am so proud to be supporting This Is My Brave.  I have had many people in my life who have and are battling some form of a mental illness. I, too, have personally weathered a challenging period of my life where I thought nothing was ever going to get better.  It's time that we start talking about it and stop hiding behind feelings of shame or embarrassment because let's face it: None of us have it completely together all the time.  This devastating illness can strike anyone without warning.  I'm driven by my sister-in-law, Tara, who has spearheaded this production and who is bravely sharing her own personal experiences. Through her blog and many other involvements in mental health awareness, she is a role model for all of us to keep talking and to stop hiding.  It's my goal to be able to offer support to anyone who is suffering and to offer some form of encouragement that you can and will make it through.  

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Pete DeCapite

My brother Matt, (Tara's husband), came up with the idea of running 50 miles together in support of This Is My Brave and use this opportunity to launch the Baltimore show.  Completing 50 miles was an eye-opening experience that allowed me to fully realize what you can accomplish when you are running for something greater than yourself.  Our physical struggles throughout training and on race day were nothing compared to the mental struggles many people deal with every day and this truly fueled us to the finish line.  

I am proud to be a part of This Is My Brave.  It is an honor to support Tara on her journey to heighten awareness of the struggles surrounding mental illness.  My entire life, I thought mental health issues were something to be ashamed of and they should be hidden from the public.  Thanks to brave people taking a stand, more people will feel comfortable getting the help they need.  Tara's braveness has allowed me to confront my own personal struggles head on, rather than hiding behind them as I have in the past. 

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Jordan Lally

My name is Jordan Lally. I am a singer-songwriter, meditation teacher and mental health advocate. Four years ago my Dad’s battle with clinical depression culminated in suicide. His passing was the great wakeup call of my life. Witnessing his struggle gave me insight into my own depression and social anxiety. Following his passing, I began a dedicated practice of meditation which has transformed my headspace and in turn, my entire life. My family and I started the Ed Lally Foundation in my Dad’s name. Through the organization we raise awareness for mental illness and promote mental health via meditation, yoga, improv and anything that teaches you to be present in the moment. 

I was honored when Tara asked me to be a part of her “This Is My Brave” team. As I learned more about the organization I was moved to find out that creative expression was one of their hallmarks. It aligns perfectly with my journey. As a songwriter, creative expression was my saving grace long before I was ever introduced to meditation. Thank you to both Tara and This Is My Brave for this beautiful opportunity. 


Baltimore Audition Schedule

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 from 6:00pm-8:30pm in Columbia, MD.

Click here to book an audition time.

Saturday, February 24th, 2018 from 10:00am-1:00pm in Ellicott City, MD. 

Click here to book an audition time. 

Sunday, February 25th, 2018 from 1:00pm-3:00pm in Bel Air, MD. 

Click here to book an audition time. 

Call for stories is open and we want to hear your Brave! Click the links above to sign up for an audition slot on February 22nd, 24th, or 25th, and you may be selected for our Baltimore show’s cast of storytellers. (Show Date: May 12, 2018)

View our auditions page for more details on the types of stories we’re seeking and tips on preparing your piece!