Mental Filter
Life: Through the lens of mental health

E17 Art imitating life? Part I with Evan Jay Newman

A performing arts conversation

1 year ago

The world of performing arts is as vast as it is deep. There are so many highs and along with it a fair amount of lows. Hopefully, this will be just the first of many episodes that explores the experience of performing arts, on professional and personal levels, through the lens of mental health. Is the saying 'life imitates art' accurate or is it art imitating life? hmmm...

This double-episode is not just for the performer out there. You, the listener, might notice your head nodding in mutual understanding as our co-host Evan Jay Newman ( candidly shares his experiences of his journey from child actor to musical director. Evan's travels have taken him across the globe and he has played significant roles in the production of Les Misérables, Jersey Boys, and Green Day's American Idiot.

Please join Shmuel ( and Evan in Part I and Part II of this intriguing dialog about performing arts and mental health.

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Below are some of the projects Evan mentions he is currently involved in.

Mental health is everywhere. Period. The human experience; work, hobbies, interests, entertainment, challenges, relationships etc. is unique and seen through our own individual 'lenses'. Take a journey through these experiences together with a mental health professional (me!), his dry wit, and guests from across the landscape of everyday life he convinced to join him as they have candid conversations- all through the lens of mental health. Almost like you do...but recorded. No corn or dads were harmed during production. Obvious statement: Listening to this podcast, while meaningful and entertaining, does not come close to replacing professional support. Please feel encouraged to seek proper care if you are struggling. Please do not take us super seriously...we don't :) We can always be reached at