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Join us at Schaumburg Library's Hoffman Estates Branch for an opportunity to explore the personal and professional challenges that arise in the life of the artist.  In this workshop, Katrina Syrris is back to lead us in a group discussion on facing our fears as artists. The workshop will focus on discussing the role of fear in artistic works, how we can transform fear into creation, and how we can stop letting fear hold us back from our artistic pursuits. 


Katrina Syrris

Katrina brings over 20 years of experience in the theatre to the table to create workshops that apply not only to performance, but also to life. Katrina has been an actor, director, producer, playwright, and even standup. She has taught drama to students of all ages, and coaches adult performers through acting lessons at Goodly.

Katrina has been an entrepreneur for the last six years since the founding of Goodly, while also working as an artist empowerment coach, leading workshops and webinars across the Chicagoland area. You can learn more about Katrina on our "About" Page.


Katrina hosts her workshops to inspire our arts community to work on solutions to common problems together.

Past workshops have included "Rejection is Your Best Friend," "Mindfulness and Performance," and "The Comparison Trap." Most recently, she has presented "How to Overcome Creative Blocks," "Tackling Imposter Syndrome," and "The Power of Purpose" at the Schaumburg Public Library.

If you would like to bring her Workshops to your organization, please contact

Discussing the personal side of artistic expression...

Our workshops are dedicated to exploring the personal, psychological, and emotional factors involved in the act of creation and performance.  Whether you're an actor, a dancer, a singer, a painter, or a professional looking for a new perspective, our workshop series is relevant to you! Our presentations include research-based solutions and insights derived from cited sources, as well as helpful anecdotes and the thought-provoking experiences of our attendees. This isn't a typical professional development workshop. The issues we discuss and the solutions we discover apply to every aspect of our lives.

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Visit us here to find out about the next season of "Half Baked."

Note: You are not required to bring something "half baked" to attend.

Hosted by Sugar & Rhyme Coffeehouse
203 E Chicago St, Elgin, IL 60120


Led by Katrina Syrris, Founder & Artistic Director of Goodly Creatures Theatre

Meet Our Host for Half Baked

Sugar & Rhyme Coffehouse

Real food, from scratch, and baked every day!

  • Sugar and Rhyme is a cozy cafe in the heart of downtown Elgin, directly across from the free parking garage off of Chicago Street. 

  • A variety of coffee, tea, and snack options are available for purchase at every workshop.

  • Visit their website:

  • Follow them on social media: @sugarandrhymecoffeehouse

Pay What You Can: Half Baked Workshops Only

Goodly Creatures Workshops endeavor to be accessible to everyone regardless of income.


For our Half Baked Series, we ask for a $5 suggested donation to help us continue to offer educational content at an affordable rate for our community. Funds collected go directly towards Goodly operational and production costs including technical equipment, stipends for all our actors, crew members, and interns, and other operational costs. 

In the drop down menu from PayPal, you can choose between four levels of contribution:

  • Thank you! - $5

  • Thanks a lot! - $10

  • Mind Blown! - $15

  • Life Changing! - $20

Thank you for your contribution!

If you are interested in scheduling a workshop, or would like to know when workshops become publicly available, please email with the subject line "Workshop Inquiry," or "Workshop Request." If you would like more information, or to schedule your consultation, please call Katrina Syrris at our number (224) 465-0451.

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