Recent events: An Award-Winning Weekend

November Popup Events!

NYTW Readings at 3 presents a #HealMeToo Festival hit

GROWING WILD by Shona Tucker

About a family’s quest to heal the trauma of a mysterious sex crime.

directed by Elizabeth van Dyke

live music by Jack Gulielmetti

FREE 3pm MON Nov 18, at 79 E 4th St (no tix or RSVP required)


3 New Presentations of a #healmetoo solo play with music

SKIN by Hope Singsen

About sex, love & wholeness after sexual violence.

directed by JESSI D. HILL

MUSIC BY Hope Singsen, BOB PARINS, Dillon Kondor & Micah Burgess

See the frank & funny queer love story with music that Tony Award-Winner Tonya Pinkins calls an "Amazing show. Fabulous evening."

2 Ways to see SKIN:

In Poughkeepsie: 2pm SUN Nov 10 at Queen City 15

At NYC’s Barrow Group: 8pm FRI & SAT Nov 15-16

Recent Events

An Award-Winning Weekend Friday & Saturday Oct 4-5

FRI 10/4 @7:30 pm
Lortel-Winner 
ALL THE RAGE by Martin Moran

How do you navigate rage - and compassion - after sexual violence? Followed by a Meetup with Festival Founder Hope Singsen - look for the #HealMeToo sign in the lobby before and after the show.


SAT 10/5 @3 pm
Tony-Winner Tonya Pinkins' TRUTH & RECONCILIATION: WOMYN WORKING IT OUT! 

A collective of short plays and songs about ways womyn have harmed other womyn - and found ways to heal. Followed by a talkback with Tonya Pinkins about accountability & amends.

About #HealMeToo Festival

In Spring '19 at NYC’s West Village IRT Theater, the first-ever #HealMeToo Festival brought together over 50 artists and experts for three weeks in 30 performances, panels, podcast tapings, and participatory workshops. In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we created an intersectional space to celebrate healing, inspire conversation and spark cultural change. We held 5 live podcast tapings of panel discussions, which are now available on the #HealMeToo Podcast, hosted by Hope Singsen, the artist, creativity researcher, and survivor-activist who founded the Festival.

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2019 Shows & Special Events

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Opening Night: NYC Teens & Teen Talkback

Gifted teen artists and activists of JKO High School and GoodCapp Arts co-headlined the Festival’s Opening Night, performing excerpts of their original work, followed by a talkback led by Teen Eye Magazine phenom Em Odesser and Elise Schuster, co-founder of okayso.co, the sex, dating and relationships advice app for youth.

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Identifying “'the Predator” in the Era of #MeToo

An immersive experience presented by HERassment and curated by filmmaker Carmen LoBue with celebrated guests including Tony Award-winner and Times Up member, Tonya Pinkins, actress Michelle Hurd, NYT bestselling author and award-winning actress Jennifer Esposito, internationally touring writer, Caroline Rothstein, activist Ruby Anaya, head of product at Swing Left, and others to be announced.

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Truth & Reconciliation of Womyncurated by Tony-winner Tonya Pinkins

Three evenings of restorative narratives by leading intersectional feminist playwrights, plus talkbacks, addressed historical and contemporary stories of the oppression of and by womyn to offer paths to healing.

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Growing Wild

by Shona Tucker, directed by Elizabeth Van Dyke

A gorgeous solo performance by Broadway’s Shona Tucker on her nights off from To Kill a Mockingbird, about a family's inter-generational quest to heal from the trauma of a mysterious sex crime. Live music by Jack Gulielmetti.

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Devil in a Boxby Sarah Jane Johnson, directed by Patrice Miller

Equal parts poetic theater and feminist stand up, about the journey of a young American woman from sexual assault, through the French justice system and into life after trauma. Told with disarming honesty, beaucoup d’humour, and a 24 oz. can of Miller Lite.

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SKIN

by Fest Founder Hope Singsen, directed by Jessi D. Hill

Frank and funny, this queer love story with music explores some of the ways art helps us heal, tracking a grad student's creative road back to intimacy after early life sexual violence. Her work grows inventive—even sensual experience becomes a medium for discovery. But after you learn to guard against life, can you open up again?

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Emma Sulkowicz Award, Pussy Grabber Plays & Activist Training by Ana Maria Archila’s org

We presented a selection of plays inspired by the women who came forward to tell their stories of Trump’s sexual assaults, followed by the first-ever #HealMeToo Award presentated to Emma Sulkowicz for their Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight) at Columbia University. We finished with kickass activist training from the lead organizer of Flake Elevator shero Ana Maria Archila’s CPD-Action, to teach us all to craft our stories into persuasive tools for change.

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A Bad Night

Playwrights Nicole Pandolfo and Amy E. Witting paired a reading of their documentary play about acquaintance rape and consent, A Bad Night, with an expert talkback on prevention and Justice.

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Self /Worth

A full-length variety show of uplifting multi-disciplinary dance, puppetry, songs and stories. These beautiful, playful and powerful works grapple with intimate partner violence as well as undocumented or marginalized status. They celebrate queer resilience and breaking the cycles of trauma. Throughout, they explore the many roads to healing after coersion, harassment and assault. Learn about each artist below.

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Gutless & Gratefulby Amy Oestreicher

Following sold-out runs at theatres & international conferences, award-winning actress & playwright Amy Oestreicher brought her hit one-woman musical to the #HealMeToo Festival, as seen on NBC's Today, CBS, Huffington Post, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, TEDx, and more. The performance was followed by a talkback on healing from sexual assault, cultivating resilience, and sharing stories through theatre.

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Panel-Podcast Tapings

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Sarah Austin Jenness & Katie Cappiello

Sarah Austin Jenness, Executive Producer of The Moth, joined playwright Katie Cappiello in conversation about how and why telling our personal stories can be healing.

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Emma Sulkowicz

Legendary performance art/activist Emma Sulkowicz (Mattress Performance/Carry That Weight) and Festival Founder Hope Singsen met for a conversation about the ways activism and art can be healing.

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Tonya Pinkins & Lindsay Lederman

Tony Award-winner and #HealMeToo presenting artist Tonya Pinkins joined the Clinical Director of The Art Therapy Project to consider healing through the arts with a special focus on the neuroscience of healing trauma.

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Eric McGriff, Nastia Gorodilova & Amanda Burden

What forms of intervention and prevention may help to #HealMeToo? Learn about consent education, bystander training, Restorative Justice, and more from an expert panel of survivor advocates.

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#TheatreToo Panelconvened by Let Us Work

Rachel Dart and Stephanie Swirsky, activists and co-founders of advocacy group Let Us Work, will convene a dynamic #TheatreToo panel on ways artists are organizing to take the "whisper" out of the network.

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Participatory Workshops

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Introduction to Intimacy Direction with Drama Desk Winner Claire Warden

Learn about the considerations required when creating and performing scenes of intimacy from an international leader of the movement and part of the teaching team of Intimacy Directors International.

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Art Therapy Workshop

#HealMeToo Festival Sponsor The Art Therapy Project offered an art-making activity workshop. Led by art therapist Suzanne Deisher, ATR-BC, LCAT, attendees gained an understanding how art therapy is used to help those who have experienced trauma.

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Move to Move Beyond with Gibney

An innovative and effective program from dance performance and social justice powerhouse Gibney that uses the transformative power of movement to make a difference in the lives of intimate partner and gender-based violence survivors.

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Self / Worth Variety Show Acts

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Do You Want Me to Stop by Maybe Burke

Actor, writer, and human rights advocate Maybe Burke presented a video paired with their audio #MeToo narrative. Maybe is a co-curator of the Trans Theatre Festival at The Brick, and the founder of The Trans Literacy Project with Honest Accomplice Theatre.

Featured in: Self / Worth

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The Virgin Stripper by Raquel Almazan

Reflecting the personal #MeToo experience of the playwright, this piece is a revolutionary call to action for women to defend themselves against their abusers in their home, work place and societies at large.

Featured in: Self / Worth

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Scarcity Freezerby Glenn Marla

Artist and Art Therapist Glenn Marla performed an extended excerpt from their work Scarcity Freezer, a puppet show about Mothers, Imagination, queer resilience, food, and breaking cycles of trauma.

Featured in: Self/Worth

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Mariaby Micaela Mamede

A playful and poignant interdisciplinary dance performed by an ensemble of non-U.S. born immigrant women and allies, about a young woman’s journey through the sex industry and intimate partner violence while undocumented in NYC.

Featured in: Self/Worth

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The Dues That Must Be Paid–by Yvette Heyliger, directed by John Scutchins

A monologue in which a middle-aged African American actress recounts her story of sexual harassment and assault.

Featured in: Self/Worth

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Baggage at the Doorby Dana Aber

When falling in love triggers latent PTSD, she might just be f#ck*d. This song cycle unpacks the process one woman undertook to put her past traumas aside and love again.

Featured in: Self/Worth

 

The First-Ever #HealMeToo Festival

In 30+ multi-disciplinary performances, extraordinary special events, expert-led workshops, discussion panels and podcasts, the #HealMeToo Festival raised critical questions about the cultural changes needed to address and prevent sexual and gendered violence. We explored many approaches to healing: from activism, to bodywork, to therapeutic advances, to creative writing, art, music and dance.

The #HealMeToo Festival was founded by Artistic Director and Executive Producer, Hope Singsen, with Managing Producer Charlotte Arnoux, Production Supervisor, Clarissa Marie Ligon, Technical Director, Alexandra Lane, Producing Associate Marcela Barry, Assistant Producer Thalia Sablon, Marketing Producer, Jordan Bean, Social Media Producer, Jessica Schmidt, and Co-Executive Producer Rachel Hills.

Expert Panels in the #HealMeToo Festival and the #HealMeToo Podcast were sponsored by New York Women's Foundation. The Festival was also Sponsored by The Art Therapy Project, and presented, in part, through Kori Rushton and IRT’s Residency Season (irttheater.org). Learn about all our generous supporters on the Sponsors page.

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