You Will Be Found: A Dialogue on Mental Health with Dear Evan Hansen Co-Creator Benj Pasek
- DATE: 09/14/2021
- TIME: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
LOCATION: Virtual Event
Link will be sent prior to event
Join JFCS for an intimate conversation with multi-award-winning songwriter and Philly-area native Benj Pasek. This virtual event will offer a behind the scenes look at Benj’s journey as an artist, the stories that inspire him, and how his work helps to reduce stigma around mental health while encouraging self-acceptance.
YOU WILL BE FOUND will feature three of Benj’s songs performed by Broadway talent and a Q&A with questions from the audience (you can submit your question in advance when you register). The evening will also offer mental health support breakout rooms staffed by JFCS social workers for those who would like to continue the discussion.
This event will address the sensitive subjects of suicide and self-harm through the lens of both Benj’s work and JFCS’ services.
This event is for one night only. The program will start promptly at 7pm and will not be recorded or available for viewing after.
About Benj Pasek
Benj is an Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Golden Globe Award-winning songwriter and New York Times best-selling author. Along with frequent collaborator Justin Paul, he is best known for his work on Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land, and The Greatest Showman. The accompanying albums for each project have appeared in the top 10 of the Billboard 200, the latter of which is certified Platinum in over a dozen countries. Other credits include: Broadway — A Christmas Story, The Musical; Off-Broadway/ Regional — Dogfight, James and the Giant Peach, Edges; Film — Aladdin, Trolls; Television — Smash, The Flash, and A Christmas Story, Live! Books — Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel. Upcoming film projects include Disney’s live-action Snow White, Universal Pictures’ adaptation of their musical Dear Evan Hansen, and an original live-action musical with Apple. He is on the board of the Dramatist Guild Foundation and the American LGBTQ+ Museum.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis or in distress, please call the 24 hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
If you are interested outpatient support from JFCS please call our Care Navigation number at 1-866-JFCS-NOW.
JFCS’ Suicide Prevention Program is supported by a generous grant from Lyn and Roy Neff.
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