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Thursday, July 30 • 6:30pm - 9:00pm
The 'Louder Than OCD' Cabaret, Musical Preview, & Open Mic: An Interactive Evening of Music and Fun

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Music has the power to transform, and for some, music is also a key part of learning to live with and rise above OCD. “Louder Than OCD” will feature musical performances from Argentinian pop star, Ro Vitale; songs from Three Times Fast, a new musical by Teresa Lotz and Naomi Matlow inspired by their experiences with OCD; as well as other songs and performers. This musical evening will entertain and educate through discussions of how music has been important in the lives of our featured performers, and how it has provided help, comfort, and inspiration during their struggles with OCD.

While you are welcome to just watch, there will be plenty of opportunities for the audience to join in the fun, using vocal and musical exercises led by Ro Vitale. At the end of the evening we will have a 30min open mic/jam session to allow anyone to perform (please feel free to bring your guitars, ukuleles, and other musical instruments if you want to participate).


Teresa Lotz

Teresa Lotz is playwright, composer and lyricist/book-writer whose work includes The Bowl (New Perspectives Theatre Company's Women's Work Lab, 2014, New Perspectives Theatre Company, Dir. Jenny Greeman), Petunia and Fang (West Village Musical Theatre Festival 2014, NYC, dir. Christian Fleming) with composer Kiyun Kim, She Calls Me Firefly (reading NYC, dir. Ludovica Villar-Hauser, 2013), The Toucan Man (words) with composer Jesse... Read More →

Naomi Matlow

Naomi Matlow is a New York City and Toronto based lyricist, bookwriter and playwright. Originally from Toronto, Canada, she recently completed her MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU-s Tisch School of the Arts. She received her BA in 2011 from the University of Toronto where she double majored in History and Philosophy. Selections of Naomi-s work have been showcased at various venues in New York City and across the country, such... Read More →
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Kevin Putman

Director, RUN OCD
RUN OCD | A grassroots movement motivated to educate and raise awareness about OCD. This is done by organizing Ping Pong / Disc Golf events, sponsoring support groups and participating in conferences. RUN OCD provides services to the community about OCD to challenge negative stigmas associated with mental illness, while creating positive experiences.
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Margaret Sisson

Executive Director, Riley's Wish Foundation
Margaret Riley Sisson is an educator and advocate. She works to raise awareness and educate the community about OCD. She is involved in the IOCDF and was awarded the Hero Award in 2014. Her son Riley, tragically lost his battle to a dual diagnosis of OCD and addiction by an accidental overdose in Sept, 2014. Right up to his death he was an advocate for those suffering from ocd and addiction. He presented a panel on the treatment of OCD and... Read More →
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Ro Vitale

Owner-Director, Ro Vitale Music - TOCada
Ro Vitale is an award-winning singer and songwriter from Argentina who suffers from severe OCD. Not long after her diagnosis she decided to go public with her struggles in a major magazine marking the beginning of an intense advocacy journey. She has since been featured on several TV shows, magazines, newspapers and radio shows. Ro is promoting her book titled "TOCada" (that has been published in November 2015). She is an... Read More →

Thursday July 30, 2015 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Grand Ballroom A