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CalArts Alumni Magazine

Roger Holzberg ’78

Roger Holzberg ’78 tells us: “As the cofounder of Reimagine Well, I taught the Healthcare by Design class with Shannon Scrofano ’06 for the experience design track in the School of Theater last spring. The class delivered a pilot program designed to reduce anxiety for pediatric cancer patients in treatment at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. After surveying patients about their ‘special healing places,’ the class created interactive adventures based on those places and the characters that the patients wanted to meet while in treatment. The multidisciplinary class had guest lecturers that included Joe Lanzisero ’77 on character design, Allen Trautman ’78 on puppeteering, and Martin Casella ’78 on writing. The ‘distraction therapy’ program then received a fellowship grant to be turned into a permanent program for pediatric patients at multiple pediatric hospitals in the US—the grantee recipient is Charlotte Simpson ’19. Pictured is the Healthcare by Design class at CHLA and the student facilitators who will be featured in the expanded adventures.”