Our Team

Zack Burton, co-founder and producer

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Zack is a Stanford Ph.D. candidate widely awarded for scientific research and also for videography, public speaking, and poetry. He is passionate about uniting people around meaningful causes. Zack was diagnosed with bipolar May 2017.

Elisa Hofmeister, co-founder and director

 

Elisa graduated from Stanford University in 2018 with a degree in Human Biology. Elisa has always been passionate about public health and advocacy, and currently works at the Stanford School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry.

Victoria Maxwell, advisor

 

Victoria is a performer living with multiple mental illnesses and featured in NYT, CNN, WSJ, and Psychology Today. Her keynote is named a top anti-stigma intervention in Canada. She previously acted alongside Johnny Depp and John Travolta.

Dr. Rona Hu, advisor

 

Rona was the Medical Director of Stanford Hospital’s acute psychiatric inpatient unit for 20 years, an advisor to the first season of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, and a creator of theatrical vignettes on Asian American mental health.

Tom Shroder, advisor

 

Tom has been an award-winning journalist, writer, and editor for some 40 years. As editor of The Washington Post Magazine, he oversaw two Pulitzer Prize-winning stories, and was ghost writer and editor for multiple New York Times bestsellers.

Dr. Seema Yasmin, advisor

 

Seema is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, medical doctor, and author. She served as officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the U.S. CDC and is currently director of research and education at the Stanford Health Communication Initiative.

Dr. Stephen Hinshaw, advisor

 

Steve is Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley and Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF. He has authored over 350 articles and chapters, and 12 books, including Another Kind of Madness: A Journey through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness.

Amy Freed, to whom we owe special thanks

 

Amy is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and highly-awarded playwright.

CONTACT US

Email: 

manicmonologues at gmail dot com

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