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Theatre Alumna to Give Eating Disorders Presentation

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Allie Torres '13

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.