Using theater to discuss child sexual abuse

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Last week, I had the opportunity to talk 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.

Listen: Interview with Sara Zatz & Amita Swadhin about Secret Survivors

Jessica Renee Napier joined CALCASA in 2009 as its Online Media Producer. She creates multimedia material, such as audio and video podcasts, for the organization. She also oversees editorial content and other aspects of CALCASA’s Web site. Jessica previously worked in Web production for KPBS Public Broadcasting and as an Online Editor for a publishing company.

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  • Amita Swadhin December 7, 2011, 1:59 PM

    Thank you again for the opportunity to share our work with your listeners! If people would like to support Secret Survivors’ documentary production process, they can watch our promo video and make a tax-deductible donation until January 20 at: