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Our Mission 

Survivor Theatre Project's mission is to empower survivors with the tools to break silence and end sexual violence through empowerment, social justice, creativity, and public performance. We are a performance company committed to survivor leadership in the movement to end sexual violence. We believe that art is a powerful tool for individual and collective transformation.

Our Vision

Survivor Theatre Project brings survivors to the center of the effort to break silence and end sexual violence through empowerment, social justice, creativity, and public performance. Performances are engaging, poignant, funny, and provocative, and open up dialogue within our communities to address the reality of how common sexual violence is, and what we can do to stop it. 

We are a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, intergenerational, and multi-gendered community of artist survivors committed to utilizing creative arts in resisting all forms of violence: sexual, physical, mental, emotional, verbal, ritual, and gender-based. Our intention is to promote trauma-informed, expressive arts, and social justice approaches to bring about healing. We believe in each individual's’ right to exist, resist, as well as a quality of life. We believe in the healing power of creative expression.

We are guided by an anti-oppression framework to allow multiple, complex identities and experiences deserving of expression, exploration, recognition and healing, within the context of sexual violence. We define sexual violence to include child sexual abuse, incest, ritual abuse, sex trafficking, rape, molestation, sexual violence in institutions (such as prisons and the military), on the border and as a tactic of war.


Our Community Work

Survivor Theatre Project offers... 

  • WORKSHOPS for survivors that teach practical and creative tools for healing and empowerment.
     
  • PERFORMANCES by survivors that engage our communities in the movement to end sexual violence.
  • TRAINING for mental health professionals, facilitators, and advocates working with survivors.

For all inquiries email: info@survivortheatreproject.com  


Staff Bios

Leila Zainab
Co-Director

Leila Zainab is a queer South Asian-American survivor, feminist activist, visionary consultant & performing artist. Leila serves as Co-Director for Survivor Theatre Project, and was a previous performer for STP's 2015-2016 Touring Company. Leila has a background in transformational empowerment, racial justice activism, facilitation, leadership development, creative expression, reproductive justice work both locally and internationally. Leila holds an M.A in Gender and Cultural Studies from Simmons College, and a B.A from Clark University. Leila combines her analytical social justice lens with her compassionate heart when co-creating space, and supporting communities in collective healing. Pronouns: she/hers & they/them.

Contact Leila at: programs@survivortheatreproject.com

Melissa Redwin
Founder, Co-Director & Performance Project Co-Facilitator

Melissa Redwin is a survivor, professional theatre artist, director, and educator who focuses on work with survivors of sexual violence and theatre as a mode of community education and healing. Originally from North Carolina, she holds an MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College. She founded Survivor Theatre Project in 2008, developing a devised theater curriculum and training facilitators in creating original theatre with survivors in a trauma-informed space. Melissa currently serves as Artistic Director and Program Facilitator at Survivor Theatre Project. Melissa works as a freelance actor and play director in Western Massachusetts. She also teaches and performs with Enchanted Circle Theater, a professional educational theater company based in Holyoke, Massachusetts, which is dedicated to engaging, enhancing, and inspiring learning through the arts.

Contact Melissa at: survivortheatreproject@gmail.com.

Michal Shapiro
Company Manager

Michal Shapiro began as Company Manager with STP in February of 2016 and brings 8 years of experience in program coordination and community collaboration that is deeply rooted in an ethic of love, social justice and equity. She has worked with youth and families in Boston since 2008 as a Youth Worker and Community Organizer. Prior to STP, Michal was the Youth Program Coordinator at Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción’s (IBA) Youth Development Program (YDP), which employs youth ages 13-19 years old in year-round jobs. Over the course of three years with YDP, Michal successfully built and maintained collaborations and partnerships with city-wide community-based organizations and youth groups that fostered YDP’s integration of social justice, arts, and community organizing. In August of 2016 Michal will begin to pursue her Master’s in Social Work at Interamericana University in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Contact Michal at: info@survivortheatreproject.com

Martha Rogers
Coordinator, Healing Through Creative Arts 

Martha Rogers has embraced Survivor Theatre Project's mission since 2011, taking roles in various projects as director, facilitator and musical accompanist.  She began organizing and managing the Healing Through Creative Arts Workshop Series 3 years ago, welcoming and mentoring facilitators who have offered a wide range of artistic workshop topics for the series.  Her many years of experience as a Boston and Lexington public school music teacher and as an adjunct faculty member in music education training programs provide a wealth of experience for Martha to continue cultivating STP's vibrant vision for our creative work at the Cambridge Women's Center. 

Contact Martha at: martharogersmusic@gmail.com

Sarvenaz Moshfegh Asiedu
Touring Company Director

Moshfegh-Asiedu graduated in 2000 from Basel Conservatory (Switzerland) with a Lehr-diplom in classical cello and music pedagogy.  After completing a Post-bacchalaureate degree in Fine arts at the School of the Museum of Fine arts in 20001, she spent three years at the Lee Strassberg Institute for Film and Theatre.  After returning from Ghana, where she worked in arts education, she completed a second undergraduate degree in Expressive Arts Therapies.

Mohfegh-Asieu holds a Masters in Psychology from  Goddard College; the focus of her studies in psychology have been the psychological, spiritual, and societal effects of the systemic imprisonment of the human psyche.  Moshfegh-Asiedu collaborates with prisoners right's activist Tim Muise on a number of creative projects, including: 

thepassthepenproject.wordpress.com and lovedestroysrazorwire.wordpress.com.

Moshfegh-Asiedu has been a part of Survivor Theatre Project since 2014 as the Touring Company director and as a theatre program facilitator. She directed and guided the 2015 Touring Company in creating Called to Speakwhich performed at the NELQUIT's Power of Women, the SANE Nurses Annual Conference, Latinas Y Ninos Program, the Office of Community Corrections, and other venues in 2015. In 2016, in addition to directing the Touring Company, Moshfegh-Asiedu is facilitating a Survivor Theatre program at My Sister's House at The Dimock Center for survivors in addiction recovery.

Sarvenaz Moshfegh Asiedu lives in Dedham Massachusetts with her two daughters, a parakeet, two goldfish, 20ish guppies, four rats, and a red cornsnakest recently in 2017, she worked with men in recovery from trauma and addiction at Pine Street Inn, Men's Stabilization and led a workshop on at the 2017 Theatre of the Oppressed conference in Detroit.

Sarvenaz Moshfegh Asiedu lives at an undisclosed location with family. deeprogramming.com

Contact Sarvi at: sarvenaz.moshfegh@gmail.com  

Iréne "I-SHEA" Shaikly
Touring Company Director 

…is an eclectic ARTist (performance and teaching artist), a Momma, a Survivor, an Advocate for social systemic change, a Humanitarian sharing space on this plane. Irene “I-SHEA” Shaikly has carved her way into various musical frames integrating her multicultural background in her music, style, and presentation.  I-SHEA, who calls herself “The Original Jewminican,” (a Dominican and Jewish woman with an Arabic last name) is a drummer/percussionist, singer/songwriter, dancer, theater, and teaching artist originally from the Bronx, NY.   Coming from classical arabic records, and being the merengue, boleros, salsa, rumba, and 80’s hip hop kid, I-SHEA absorbed her World while creating her own sound as a soulful hip hop/reggae/latin/World Music ARTist.  She is the founder of LA FEMME EXPRESSION, an Original Jewminican Productions – bringing women/femme performance art on the platform.  Building connections and community through performance art, education, and organizing, her mission is to spread the movement of universal love and truth, to continue to inspire and motivate individuals to seek their highest authentic selves through storytelling, music, movement/dance, theater, and poetry.  
Irene “I-SHEA” Shaikly has an undergraduate degree in Social Services and a graduate degree in Elementary Education.  She has worked with children, youth, and women around the East Coast, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic.  As an advocate for social change and femme/women empowerment, she has worked at places like Necessities/Necesidades (now known as Safe Passage), The Care Center in Holyoke, Enchanted Circle Theater, New WORLD Theater, Job Corps, and has been an artist in residence in public schools all around New England teaching theater, drumming, and songwriting.  

Contact Iréne at
: originaljewminicanmusic@gmail.com