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 has begun streaming on Apple Podcasts, to share powerful interviews and performances from the Festival with you, wherever you are. Join our list to receive alerts when each episode drops, and visit the Podcast page now to start listening!
Quick links to all our 2019 events:
immersive event: identifying “the predator” in the era of #metoo
moth exec producer sarah austin jenness & playwright katie cappiello on personal storytelling & healing
Shows & Special Events
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.
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.
Devil in a Box–by 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Gutless & Grateful–by 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.
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.
Self / Worth Variety Show Acts
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.
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.
Scarcity Freezer–by 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.
Maria–by 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.
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.
Baggage at the Door–by 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.