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#HealMeToo Festival Podcast Taping: Tonya Pinkins & Lindsay Lederman


monday 4/1 at 12:30

advance tix $5-15 sliding scale

In a live taping for the #HealMeToo Festival Podcast, Festival Founder and Artistic Director Hope Singsen will explore the topic of healing through the arts with two dynamic guests:

  • Tony Award-winner, performer, playwright, director, producer, activist, and #HealMeToo presenting artist, Tonya Pinkins

  • Lindsay Lederman, the Clinical Director of The Art Therapy Project.

Artists and audiences alike describe feeling changed by visual, narrative, musical, and performance works of art. The shift can be slight, but it can be profound, too. What's happening in our minds and bodies when we engage with the arts, to allow that transformation to occur? Are there special ways art-making can help address the neurobiological effects of trauma, in particular? And might engaging with art, individually and as a culture, help inspire the changes we wish to bring about?

Tonya Pinkins is a Chicago-born, New York-based Artivist.  For her half-century career in  theater, she has won or been nominated for awards including the Tony, OBIE, Olivier, Lortel, NY Drama Critics, Drama Desk, Dramaleague, Los Angeles Drama Critics, Outer Critics Circle, Clarence Derwent, Audelco, NAACP Theater, Joseph Jefferson, Helen Hayes, Noel, SAW, and Ovation awards. She is outspoken on the rights and perspectives of “othered” people in the American theater. She is proud of Truth and Reconciliation of Womyn as inclusive restorative narratives contributing to social justice for all. This work is a continuation of her lifelong work which includes work with Kimberle Crenshaw’s African American Policy Forum at Vassar College, forty-six interviews for TheShiftNetwork called TheMeTooDialogues and Truth and Reconciliation upcoming readings at #HealMeToo Festival. Tonya is a 2019-2021 Fulbright Scholar and a recipient of the LMCC Creative Engagement Award for this project.