Cessa Betancourt

Movies for Mental Health Facilitator

Cessa Betancourt

Francesca Betancourt aka Cessa is an actor, intimacy director, facilitator, and producer originally from the Southwest but is now based on the East coast. She has worked as an artist & theatre/dance/consent facilitator in Ireland, India, the Philippines, New York, Washington, Wisconsin, Maryland, Washington D.C. and Florida. She is the founder and lead producer for the storytelling event and podcast “she is FIERCE: stories from the female and genderqueer perspective”, a founding member of HERON ensemble (a multidisciplinary theatre collective), and founding collaborator with PNW Theatrical Intimacy. Her work is based in trauma informed social/emotional arts practice, equity, compassion, access, human connection, autonomy, and physical storytelling.

She believes fiercely in the arts as a device for facilitating empathy, healing, growth and social change, especially for young people. When she’s not teaching workshops, you can find her spending time with her chosen and biological family, in a kayak or on a mountain, dancing, traveling, or snuggled up on her couch with her kitten and partner. She is incredibly excited to be a part of the AWI team!

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