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ELEVATE

We are thrilled to share that we are working on a new Theater of Witness production in partnership with the Mt. Vernon Manor Community Development Corporation in the Mantua / West Philadelphia Promise Zone. This Theater of Witness production, Elevate, is a community offshoot of our “Walk in My Shoes” production and film. Elevate will feature Mantua residents/community members and police and seeks to address issues of community trauma. It will open in May 2020, supported by the National Endowment of the Arts.

Once again, we are partnering with Police Inspector Altovise Love- Craighead to develop what we expect to be a riveting and empowering production about the effects of violence and trauma on both the community members and some of the police who serve in the district. The stories shared so far by participants are poignant and heartbreaking, as well as moving in the strength and resilience they convey. And once again, the power of the group to mine their creativity is inspiring and hopeful.

Stay tuned as we develop this new project that will shed light on the true life experiences of those growing up, living in, and policing in communities of high poverty and trauma.

Reverberations

We are seeking crowd-source funding to begin our newest project about people healing from the reverberations of gunshot violence. Your funding will allow us to bring healthcare students and providers together with people living with the effects of life-changing injury to explore what healing means even when curing may not be possible.  From these initial sessions, we begin a three-year journey culminating in a full Theater of Witness production and film. Learn more about this campaign and support its growth here.

Join ‘Tangles in Time’ Artistic Director, Teya Sepinuck who will present films of performances from the original Theater of Witness production created and performed by people living with dementia, care partners and healthcare professionals. These true stories of love, loss illness and caring invite audiences to connect and build empathy—even through changes in memory, identity and time. The presentation also includes live discussion with some of the participants/performers about the healing effects of creative story-telling.

For more information about bringing the ‘Tangles in Time’ Presentation to your venue, contact Teya at: teya@theaterofwitness.org


Upcoming Events and Presentations

Narrative Medicine Conference
Saturday, December 7th, 1-2:30pm

The Lewis Katz School of Medicine
3500 N Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Join us for a ‘Tangles in Time’ presentation from 1-2:30pm, including films and discussion with some of the performers. The presentation will be co-produced by Teya Sepinuck, Theater of Witness Artistic Director, and Megan Voeller, the Director of Humanities at Thomas Jefferson University.

The conference is taking place 8am-5pm and is open to the public. Registration is required at https://www.lksomnarrativemedicine.org/

About the conference: The first in Lewis Katz School of Medicine history, our [Narrative Medicine] conference welcomes healthcare students, professionals, and other interested individuals to explore various forms of narrative expression, sharpen their critical eye, and nurture their humanity…We’ve got an exciting day planned with workshops and discussions to explore what Narrative Medicine is, its role and value, and the many forms it can take in a medical or health-allied career. Guest talks from physicians and artists sprinkled throughout the day will give us insight into improving care for patients and building a career that celebrates narratives.


Watch a sample of the stories here:

Visit the Tangles in Time website for more films, photos, and information.

 


Tangles in Time was an original Theater of Witness performance created and performed by people living with dementia, care partners and health professionals. Based on the performers’ own true stories of love, loss, illness, and, caring, the production wove together live performance with original music, film, and visual imagery. Co-produced by Thomas Jefferson University and Theater of Witness, the development of ‘Tangles in Time’ is led by Teya Sepinuck, founder and artistic director of Theater of Witness. The live performances took place at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral on September 14th and 15th, 2019.

Photography by Raymond Holman

Reflections and Endorsements

“It is a gift that puts love at the center. I feel gratitude for your vision, compassion, community and voice.” – Audience member

“Thank you for reminding me that love has no boundaries, no age, and defies the test of time.” – Audience member

“Simply beautiful. This gives hope and inspiration for the future.” – Audience member

What a moving and motivating presentation! I am so grateful for the opportunity to experience ‘Tangles in Time’;  to be able to witness the stories of those who are living with dementia either as the patient or caregiver.  I learned so much from their words, their stories, and from the Artistic Director, Teya Sepinuck.  Thank you for sharing your talents and stories with us, and for helping us to become better caregivers in our work and in our lives.” 

Patricia Curtin, MD, FACP, CMD

Section Chief, Geriatric Medicine

Geriatric Medicine Education Coordinator, Dept of Medicine Residency Program

Medical Director, Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Units—Christiana Hospital-6A & Wilmington Hospital-8S

 

As one who is not easily moved emotionally, ‘Tangles in Time’ touched my heart in a very special way through its beautiful artistic design and meaningful delivery from caregivers and clinicians.  It enabled me to join them in their experiences, walk in their shoes, and learn important life lessons that I can use to be a better person and caregiver.

Cheryl Botbyl, Wellbeing Program Coordinator

Center for Provider Wellbeing

ChristianaCare Health System

Read about ‘Tangles in Time’ on the Tangles in Time website or in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

 

Tangles in Time has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

TANGLES IN TIME PRESENTATIONS

Narrative Medicine Conference
Saturday, December 7th, 1-2:30pm

The Lewis Katz School of Medicine
3500 N Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Join us for a ‘Tangles in Time’ presentation from 1-2:30pm. The presentation will include films and discussion with some of the performers, co-produced by Teya Sepinuck, Theater of Witness Artistic Director, and Megan Voeller, the Director of Humanities at Thomas Jefferson University.

The conference is taking place 8am-5pm and is open to the public. Registration is required at https://www.lksomnarrativemedicine.org/

About the conference: The first in Lewis Katz School of Medicine history, our [Narrative Medicine] conference welcomes healthcare students, professionals, and other interested individuals to explore various forms of narrative expression, sharpen their critical eye, and nurture their humanity…We’ve got an exciting day planned with workshops and discussions to explore what Narrative Medicine is, its role and value, and the many forms it can take in a medical or health-allied career. Guest talks from physicians and artists sprinkled throughout the day will give us insight into improving care for patients and building a career that celebrates narratives.


WALK IN MY SHOES SCREENINGS

Wednesday, January 22nd at 7:30pm

Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
8000 St Martins Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19118

Followed by a discussion with co-producers:
Artistic Director Teya Sepinuck and Police Inspector Altovise Love-Craighead
Donations gratefully accepted

A New Performance Film with Police and Community Members Sharing Their Stories and Vision for the Future

The tremendous wounds of our society are in full reveal.
What are the stories that need to be heard?


Walk in My Shoes is a film of the Theater of Witness performance created with and performed by 4 Philadelphia police and 3 community members.  The performance explores societal wounds and shares the performers’ stories and visions of the future.

In this time of fear, turmoil and anger, Theater of Witness brings people together across divides of difference to bear witness to the beauty of meaningful engagement, cultivate empathy and truly listen to the stories of people we’ve never heard before. This is the time for a new story. One that taps into the spirit of love and connection between us all.


Upcoming Screenings

Wednesday, January 22nd at 7:30pm

Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
8000 St Martins Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19118

Followed by a discussion with co-producers:
Artistic Director Teya Sepinuck and Police Inspector Altovise Love-Craighead
Donations gratefully accepted


Photography by Raymond Holman

The production premiered in November 2017 to extraordinary audience responses:

Extraordinarily moving. Courageous performers. I was blown away.

Speechless, Profound. Real. Deep. Connected right into the core of the wound and into the Breath of Life. Their wounds Breath and love is …. Thank you!

This was the most powerful performance I have ever seen. It is gut-wrenching.  I so admire all these men and women who have the courage to share, to stand up and let the world know what they feel and what their journey has been like, what makes them who they are.  As difficult as it is to watch and hear it actually provides a ray of hope.  If we can hear and understand one another maybe, just maybe we will learn to respect and love one another.   

For more information about setting up screenings and workshops contact Teya at teya@theaterofwitness.org

Project Partners:
Philadelphia Police Inspector, Altovise Love-Craighead and Theater of Witness Artistic Director, Teya Sepinuck