R.L. Stephenson-Read

Director, Victim Services Peterborough-Kawartha
Gore's Landing, Canada

About R.L.

Bio

R.L. Stephenson-Read, MSc, BMus, LTTA MA celebrates 35+ dynamic years as a performance artist/mentor/writer gaining extensive experience in theatre, film, writing & music; locally and internationally.

Subsequent to attaining an Honours BMus at McMaster University, R.L. studied Engineering & Production at Harris Institute for the Arts, Toronto. In NYC, she attended National Improvisation Theatre School, and studied privately with Thomas Parisi, AAMDA, and Broadway director, Michael Shurtleff, CDC. In 2013, she attained an MSc Music Psychology from Roehampton University, London, UK, as well as, a Mentor Artist Educator Certification from the Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto.

R.L. has coached vocal music, taught drama, the business of entertainment, music psychology and writing. She has adjudicated many cross-genre talent and writing contests nationally, provincially and locally. RL is a registered career counsellor for youth with the Ontario Registry of Educators/Entrepreneurs. Ontario Culture Days retained her as a “human book” for cultural tourism.

R.L. has participated as a vocalist/instrumentalist with many bands culminating towards various recording deals. Currently, she is front-man for 3 rock-blues bands, and is a drummer with the Cobourg Legion Pipe & Drum Corps.

Offices/Professional Affiliations:
Past International Senate Member, Roehampton University
Past National Awards Chair and Branch President, Canadian Authors Association
ACTRA Safety Co-chair, Former ACTRA Counsellor
EAC, ACTRA & CAEA; credits with Union Des Artistes.

Current focus is on providing mentorship, teaching & counselling services to an international spectrum, using the arts (music, acting, writing) as a core vehicle for delivery. Specialist in using music towards grief counselling services, as well as, music psychology in commercial and workplace environments. Interested in the build of academic R&D toward music therapy and musical experience as life enhancement for the deaf.
Aye Lighthouse B&B/Gallery/Foundation was created in part to raise R&D funding for hearing/sight deficit children. She has had the privilege of leading a double life; peace and comfort with her Hubby and Rusty-cat on their rustic hobby farm in the country, and a wild, adventurous, global ride in the entertainment business.

Languages

Bulgarian, English, French

Areas of Expertise

Music, Singing (classical, classic pop, crossover), Writing, Editing, Music Psychology

I'm passionate about

Music, visual art, theatre, film, dance, art education, mentoring young artists, entrepreneurial efforts, music psychology, LITERACY, nature & animals, taking risks, team-work, exploring the planet!

Talk to me about

Any performance-art related issue, current concerns with regard to same in education, and medicine. Applications of music and music psychology eg. Alzheimers/dementia, complex/complicated grief.

People don't know I'm good at

Independent Research Vocal mimicry toward characters/various singing styles. Connecting people and helping others in the early stages of their business lives.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Posted 5 months ago
Nadine Burke Harris: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime
I do not present/suggest music as a diversion at all. I suggest music towards building a healthy amygdala, as it has been demonstrated time and time again in infant studies (check out Dr. Sandra Trehub, Uni of Toronto for one). Further, my suggestion of music is for emo self-regulation purposes for those adults who are in grief. I am sorry for your experience. Please understand I have had my own experience too...Then please read my statements again...and keep your irritability in check. Peace. Mindfulness. Music. Love. rl
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Posted 5 months ago
Nadine Burke Harris: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime
Yes...you can google research done at Melbourne University by a team of music-psych researchers led by a lady named Dr. Katrina McFerran ALSO: http://pom.sagepub.com/content/39/3/307 The online version of this article can be found at: DOI: 10.1177/0305735610374894 Psychology of Music 2011 39: 307 originally published online 1 October 2010 by Suvi Saarikallio Music as emotional self-regulation throughout adulthood
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Posted 5 months ago
Nadine Burke Harris: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime
Hi Don; Both experiences are very 'real'; as is evident by quite a few anecdotal stories that support both on this thread. To say that the PTG folks are merely 'lucky' is not fact-based at all, but rather opinion. In the case of PTG as you call it, many are interested in the research that might examine why outcomes are so varied. No one is saying that one treatment is particularly effective, nor are they saying one size fits all works in all cases. Who are you citing? And I don't think anyone has said that PTSD folks are 'weak' - who are you citing? Obviously, the more open people are to solutions, in whatever their circumstances might be, is only beneficial to themselves. Taking offence to well-intentioned suggestion is not helpful to anyone. Mindfulness. Music. Peace. Slainte, rl
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Posted 5 months ago
Nadine Burke Harris: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime
Hi Kevin; Your situation is very unique. There is the health consideration to a survivor child, as you mentioned. But also, yourselves as surviving caregivers /grieving parents. My own childhood experience involved multiple deaths in my immediate family; one of which was a terminal situation....all happened between the ages of 6.5-8. There were other compounding details which I will not get into. At age 5, I began what became a professional career in music. I have to wonder if my very early exposure to music (amygdala-building) has accounted for a solid healthy lifestyle as an adult. Without knowing the people whom you currently are helping - I would suggest enveloping them with a music mantle asap. I do not think there is any harm that can come from it. i.e. what have they got to lose? As for yourselves, do you currently self-regulate with music? Check the response of another TED listener below by Tify Ndanoboi; another testament to the positive affects of music. And if you want to talk further, 'in private', I am available by email keeper@ayelighthouse.info. As I mentioned, I have over 35 years in music industry. I hold an MSc in music psychology and an LTTA MA which is a specialized degree in arts education. One of my focuses has been in grief/trauma therapy throughout both, and my current business is Aye Lighthouse Counseling, Ontario. Your work sounds like a phenomenal humanitarian and altruistic effort. Blessings, rl