From March 27 through April 14 at NYC’s West Village IRT Theater, the first-ever #HealMeToo Festival brought together over 50 artists and experts for 30 performances, panels, podcast tapings, and participatory workshops. In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we created an intersectional space to celebrate healing, inspire conversations and spark cultural change.

Now, the #HealMeToo Podcast is coming soon, hosted by Festival Founder Hope Singsen and featuring panel interviews and performances recorded live at the Festival. Join our list to hear when the first episode drops in May or visit the Podcast page now to hear excerpts!

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Quick links to all our 2019 events:


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 will co-headline the Festival’s Opening Night and perform excerpts of their original work, followed by a talkback led by Teen Eye Magazine’s Em Odesser and Elise Schuster of

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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 of 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, will address 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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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

A selection of plays inspired by the women who came forward to tell their stories of Trump’s sexual assaults, will be followed by the first-ever #HealMeToo Award presentated to Emma Sulkowicz for their Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight) at Columbia University. We’ll finish 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 will pair 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.

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Gutless & Gratefulby Amy Oestreicher

Following sold-out runs at theatres & international conferences, award-winning actress & playwright Amy Oestreicher brings 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 will be 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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Emma Sulkowicz

Join legendary performance art/activist Emma Sulkowicz (Mattress Performance/Carry That Weight) and Festival Founder Hope Singsen 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 will join 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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Sarah Austin Jenness & Katie Cappiello

On April 11, Sarah Austin Jenness, Executive Producer of The Moth, will join playwright Katie Cappiello in conversation about how and why telling our personal stories can be healing.

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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


Introduction to Intimacy Direction with 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

Join #HealMeToo Festival Sponsor The Art Therapy Project for an art-making activity workshop. Led by art therapist Suzanne Deisher, ATR-BC, LCAT, attendees will gain 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


Do You Want Me to Stop by Maybe Burke

Actor, writer, and human rights advocate Maybe Burke will share 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


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 will share 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


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


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.

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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 ( Learn about all our generous supporters on the Sponsors page.

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