Communications Coordinator and Mental Health Comedian Joshua Walters is a speaker and coach who explores language, creativity, beatboxing and madness. He is an experienced facilitator participating in WRAP, Laughter Yoga and his own training and performance workshop called UnPlug! With the help of the National Performance Network and in partnership with Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging, Joshua has set out to curate an interactive musical comedy experience, highlighting the benefits of disconnecting from our technological devices. His eclectic combination of performance disciplines and activity as an educator in mental health has given Walters a national platform and audience. Walters is a National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) State Speaker and in 2002, he co-founded the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Young Adults Chapter in San Francisco, one of the few support groups specifically for mentally ill young adults in the country. Walters speaks as a mental health educator and has engaged in mental health advocacy at universities, conventions and fundraisers. As a facilitator, Walters uses humor to address the often dark subject of mental illness, re-framing it as a positive. He is a regular contributor to Snap Judgment, a weekly storytelling radio show on NPR with TV broadcasts on PBS. Walters is best known for his work on TED, for his talk entitled On Being Crazy Enough, which explores the bipolar spectrum and is now at 1.7M views. He is involved in mental health advocacy nation-wide and takes part in mentoring youth on the creative spectrum.
- Communications Coordinator