Psychoanalyst Carrie Barron Discusses Transformative Power of Live Performance

Panel explores the importance of creative process in performance art

Online PR News – 16-February-2010 – – Irvington, NY – (January 26, 2010) – For many people, the dark, cold days of winter usher in a prolonged period of doldrums. Carrie Barron, M.D., a psychoanalyst and Irvington, New York, resident, views the winter months as a time to explore creativity as a tool to conquer doldrums. According to Dr. Barron creative acts have the power to shift mood. Dr. Barron recently hosted a panel discussion with actor Kevin O’Rourke, musician Lisa Lynne Mathis, and dancer Mary Ford Sussman on the power of live performance to transform the state of mind of both artist and audience. The panel was the fourth in a series of conversations presented by the RiverArts Council as a part of RiverArts Conversations, held at the Irvington Public Library.

“Creativity is integral to wellness, much like exercise,” explained Dr. Barron. “Performers who form a strong connection with the audience and with other actors can have powerful impact. Sensitive listeners and strong collaborators move others. ”

Each of the panelists brought a unique perspective to the conversation. Kevin O’Rourke discussed the benefits of performance in allowing the artist to use both intellectual facility and emotion to communicate and deliver to other people. Lisa Lynne Mathis shared her experience of discovering her joy in singing and taking a surreal journey to develop her voice and sense of identify as a creative person. She also spoke of the intellectual richness that occurs when performers “really do their homework.” Mary Ford Sussman talked about her ability to perform in a way that expresses her profound inner emotions, while bringing meaning and movement to the audience.

Barron, a former classical singer, acknowledged the health and healing power of the stage. “The capacity to connect to others and to oneself allows something meaningful to happen.”

“Dr. Barron did a beautiful job of showing how live performance lifts both the artist and, importantly, the audience,” said Tracy Calvan, co-president of The Rivertowns Arts Council.

For information on The Riverstowns Arts Council, located in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, call (914) 476-2321 or email

The office of Carrie Barron, M.D. is located at 350 Central Park West, Suite 1A, New York, NY 10025, telephone: 212-666-9010, email:,,website:

The Rivertowns Arts Council
The mission of The Rivertowns Arts Council is to bring people together to celebrate the arts and create heightened awareness of the shared human experience through the arts. The organization produces, promotes and interprets the arts, creating access to work by student or beginning artists as well as to internationally acclaimed performers and exhibitions. It also provides yearlong education and outreach for children and youth in the lower Hudson Valley region. During the 2008/2009 season, RiverArts programs touched the lives of 17,000 individuals.

About Carrie Barron, M.D.
Carrie Barron, M.D. is dedicated to exploring the relationship between creativity and wellness. An assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and faculty member at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training Research, Dr. Barron uses mind/body/creativity methods to treat depression, anxiety and unhappiness. Dr. Barron is a recognized expert and frequent speaker on the cultivation of the creative self in such areas as the visual and performing arts, writing, and motherhood.