Using theater to discuss child sexual abuse
In this interview, Jessica Napier talks to Sara Zatz & Amita Swadhin about Secret Survivors, an interview-based theater project featuring adult survivors of child sexual abuse telling their personal stories on stage. Sara is the Associate Director at Ping Chong & Company, a non-profit tour that creates works of theatre and art that explore the intersection of race, history, culture and technology. Amita is the Project Coordinator for Secret Survivors and she brought the idea for the project to Ping Chong & Company.
In this interview, Sara & Amita discuss the need for conversation about child sexual abuse, and the response the performance has received since its March debut in at El Museo de Barrio. As part of an initiative to expand the impact of its theater production in order to end child sexual abuse in the United States, Ping Chong & Company has been awarded a grant from the Ms. Foundation for Women to develop an educational DVD and toolkit to accompany the live performance of Secret Survivors.
I wanted to let you know about The Survivor Theatre Project, which uses theatre to effect social change and help survivors of sexual violence to heal. The website is http://www.survivortheatreproject.com; it was founded by Melissa Redwin (formerly Penley).
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