Theatre Alumna to Give Eating Disorders Presentation
Feb. 12, 2015
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Actress, activist, teacher and alumna Allie Torres ’13 will present
“Skin Deep: Not Your Mama’s Eating Disorder” Feb. 24 at noon at Illinois Wesleyan
University. National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is Feb. 22-28.
Torres is a community educator and resource person for ANAD (Association of Anorexia
Nervosa and Associated Disorders). Her organization, SKIN DEEP, focuses on healing
and removing the stigma of eating disorders through art. It is a partner with the
National Eating Disorder Association.
In her SKIN DEEP presentations, Torres uses art, humor, and question-and-answer sessions
to break down perfectionism, body positivity, pressure, recovery and stigma to take
the audience beyond the surface of eating disorders in the college setting.
While a theatre arts student at IWU, Torres appeared in A Shayna Maidel and Tartuffe, and served as assistant director for Promenade. She is also the founder of Shringara Theatre, a company created by students to promote
acceptance through the artistic medium of theatre. She earned a bachelor of fine arts
in acting in 2013. Torres is now a company member at Halcyon Theatre in Chicago and
the author of “Glass Box Girl.” She also hosts free support groups for those in recovery
of eating disorders.
Torres’ presentation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Center’s Davidson
Room. It is free and open to the public.