The Clinic, founded in 2017 by nurse and artist Tara Rynders, combines art, music, movement, and caring science to create immersive experiences and resiliency workshops for healthcare professionals.
Actors Theatre of Louisville is partnering with Rynders to bring this work to Kentucky, to support the health and wellness of our nursing communities through innovative programming at the intersection of art and service. This work centers self-compassion and self-care, and raises awareness around the detrimental effects of compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress.
Tara Rynders, RN-BC, M.F.A, B.S.N., B.A., has been a registered nurse for sixteen years and received her M.F.A. in Dance in 2011 from The University of Colorado at Boulder. Rynders has a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance with a specialization in Movement and Somatic Practices. Rynders is the founder and artistic director of The Clinic, an arts and play-based company that provides workshops and performances inside the hospital setting, and research around burnout and secondary traumatic stress. Rynders is also an Advanced Certified Grief Recovery Specialist offering group and one-on-one grief recovery workshops.
This project is funded, in part, by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kentucky Arts Council.