Thursday, December 18, 2014

Robyn Hussa Farrell (Editor)


ROBYN HUSSA FARRELL, MFA, E-RYT (Author/Editor of #RealDeal — Founder & CEO, mentalfitness, inc.) is an award-winning Off-Broadway producer and performer, educator and author. As a writer, she re-imagined and is Author/Editor of the award-winning body image blog site We Are The Real Deal (#RealDeal), she is Author of the books Healthy Selfitude and Meditation & Mindfulness For Eating Disorder Recovery and the Eating Disorders in Schools blog, published by Gurze.   She is also co-Adaptor of NORMAL THE MUSICAL, which she has been performing in for more than 7 years in schools and festivals worldwide… and which is the inspiration for forming mentalfitness, inc. (formerly called NORMAL In Schools).

For years Robyn has also been co-creating and producing documentary films with her husband Tim Farrell, through their production company (whitelephant).  Some of the documentary films she has co-directed; include, Speaking Out About Ed and ED 101 – both on sale at Gurze publications, and both are the result of her interviewing national experts in the fields of neurobiology, eating disorders, obesity and nutrition.  Their next documentary film is Beneath The Floorboards and one on NORMAL THE MUSICAL — both slated for release in 2014-15!  Hussa Farrell is also responsible for creating and implementing the more than 14 award-winning mentalfitness programs that serve as content to more than 20 national nonprofits and that are created in collaboration with more than 50 national experts in medicine, nutrition, mental health and wellness. She recently released the ThinkEatPlay program to optimize health in athletes and the BE stress-management and wellness program for leaders in schools.

Robyn is also producer of The Walking Hospital documentary film project which focuses on a team of alternative healthcare providers who travel to remote regions of the world to deliver free service (www.TheWalkingHospital.com) as well as the 2012 adaptation of The Peer Gynt Project (I, Peer), featured in the 2012 Ibsen Festival in Oslo, Norway.  For her work creating the mentalfitness, inc. programs and initiatives, Robyn received the 2010 Champion in Women’s Health award from former Wisconsin First Lady, Ms. Sue Ann Thompson.

People often ask what is it that fuels her forward … “More than 7 of my closest friends and loved ones sought treatment for mental health issues as a direct result of these programs.  That was the ‘aha’ and catalyst for me.  So much more needs to be done to raise awareness of mental health, wellness and stress management in schools.”

Prior to her work with mentalfitness, inc., Hussa was co-Founder and Founding Executive Director of the award-winning New York theatre company, Transport Group, winner of the 2007 Drama Desk award for the company’s breadth of vision and challenging productions.  She manages her production company, whitelephant, and mentalfitness, inc. and teaches yoga, mindfulness and stress management workshops to those in recovery whenever she can.

Robyn holds an MFA-Acting from the University of Virginia, is a member of AEA, AFTRA/SAG, the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), The International Association for Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP), Women In Film and Television (NYWIFT), and is an E-RYT Certified Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance.  She and her husband, Tim Farrell, are currently co-directing NORMAL’s new documentary film about the mental health side of obesity and the damaging effects caused by bullying children due to weight bias and stigma: www.beneaththefloorboards.org.

Read Robyn’s posts, here

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