Production Company Blends Live Theatre With Patient Experience | HIROC News

A new Canadian entertainment production company is blending live theatre with the patient experience, in hopes of highlighting the importance of engaging patients in their healthcare.

Patient Commando’s debut production, Cancer Can’t Dance Like This, is May 12 in Toronto at the Glenn Gould Studio, CBC Broadcast Centre, 250 Front St. W.

Zal Press, Patient Commando founder, has had Crohn’s disease for 30 years and recently sold his business to start the company. Press plans to take the productions across the country to give patients, families and health providers the opportunity to look at illness and the patient experience from a fresh perspective.

“It’s not just a story for patients,” Press tells Axiom News.

“It is about experiencing and understanding (the patient perspective) through new eyes.”

Patient Commando uses public speaking, humour therapy workshops and live theatre to present compelling stories from the patient perspective. Cancer Can’t Dance Like This is a one-man show and comedic dramatization of Daniel Stolfi’s two-year battle with cancer.

Press hopes healthcare providers attend and learn more about the patient narrative.

“By making them open to the patient experience would be a voice to guide practice change. It’s instructive. It helps create a culture of safety.”

Proceeds from Patient Commando’s feature stage events [...] continue the story

The Kaizen Crossroad: I Laughed at Cancer

When work entails promoting a comedic, slightly-controversial, theatrical event called Cancer Can’t Dance Like This, and you have yet to see it, one can’t help but feel some trepidation.

Once again Jillian Rodak shines a spotlight on her experience on working with Patient Commando and her review of a night that pulled back the curtains on Daniel Stolfi’s experience with the big C.

We invite you to read Jillian’s latest post here

http://kaizencrossroad.blogspot.com/2011/05/i-laughed-at-cancer.html

Patient Commando proves laughter the best medicine | InsideToronto.com

Did you hear the one about the young guy with cancer?

How about the punchline about the middle-aged man battling Crohn’s disease for the last three decades?

Obviously, there is nothing funny about being diagnosed with a life-threatening or debilitating illness.

But people often encounter humour as they navigate their health care journeys, including sharing a camaraderie among other patients. And research has shown laughter really can be the best medicine.

Now, North York resident Zal Press is giving a voice to sick people through his new entertainment company called Patient Commando.

“Patient Commando uses public speaking, humour therapy workshops and live theatre to present compelling stories from the patient perspective,” a statement about the company said.

“It is the first initiative of its kind in Canada, producing ‘patient storytelling entertainment’ to create an environment of understanding – most often through the use of humour.”

Live performances, which raise money for charities, are one-man shows featuring patients using a combination of comedy and the real-life heartbreak of facing a serious illness to tell their stories.

Patient Commando’s inaugural production was held Thursday, May 12 at Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio.

It featured Bloor West Village comedian, actor and cancer survivor Daniel Stolfi performing Cancer Can’t Dance Like This. The performance [...] continue the story

Michaela Cornell Writes About Patient Commando

Here at Patient Commando we work with talented, fun and hardworking individuals. More impressive is that these people regularly and happily share their experiences of working with us.  Two weeks ago we shared Jillian’s blog with you. Today we share a recent post by Michaela Cornell.

Michaela operates Michaela Cornell Publishers in Toronto and has been working with clients like Perseus Books Group, Random House of Canada, HarperCollins Canada and Penguin Canada for several years. Recently she began working with the Patients Association of Canada and now Patient Commando.

We invite you to read Michaela’s post on working with Zal, Patient Commando and our last production, Cancer Can’t Dance Like This.

http://mcpublishers.wordpress.com/2011/05/13/patient-commando-cancer-cant-dance-like-this/

Patient Commando on YouTube

Crafted by our Creative Director Brian Smith and produced by YouaandMedia, we are pleased to share our latest video on Who we are, What we do and Why.