Teya Sepinuck is a visionary artist who has worked at the intersections of art/social change/spirituality/education and peacemaking in creating and producing Theatre of Witness for the past 30 years. Drawing on her dance and counseling backgrounds, she founded this unique form of performance that has tapped the deepest stories from people whose stories had never been heard before, transforming them into powerful and raw theater productions.
Teya draws on her capacity to listen to what has been unspoken, leads people into emotional and performative territory they never could have imagined, and seeks to always ‘find the medicine’ in stories of suffering, transformation and peace while upholding the highest artistic standards.
Her work shines light on some of the darkest aspects of society and brings hope and the possibility of transformation, forgiveness and peace to people. The ripple effects from her productions have gone on for years, forging new and unlikely friendships across boundaries of difference, challenging audiences to get involved in political issues such as prison reform, refugee resettlement, domestic abuse, and peace building, and she has inspired a new generation of practitioners who want to learn her methodology. Teya has a long time meditation practice which informs all of her work and life.
Her book, ‘Theatre of Witness – Finding the Medicine in Stories of Suffering, Transformation and Peace’ was published in February 2013 by Jessica Kingsley Press.