In the age of #metoo, human trafficking and prominent entertainers, officials, etc. being cited for sexual assault and abuse, we often neglect to focus on the trauma that people deal with in the aftermath of these occurences. There are various support for people who are dealing with PTSD and the aftermath of abuse. Creatives are also addressing this and sharing their talents to help people heal from these unfortunate life situations.
Our topic for this episode is using theater and story telling as a way to help people deal with sexual abuse/trauma. My guest is Laura Zam a writer, performer, speaker, and educator.
Laura's memoir Bedroom Broken: A Sexual Healing Odyssey will be published by HCI Books in 2020. Her personal essays and other writing have appeared in The New York Times, Salon, HuffPost, SheKnows, and a host of publications around the world. Laura is a sought-after speaker igniting post #MeToo conversations around female sexual health. With 30 years experience working in the theater, Laura has created seven one -person plays, which she has presented internationally, Off-Broadway, and at numerous venues (nationally and internationally), including The Public Theatre (NYC), The Kennedy Center, The National Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre, and Theatre on Celetna (Prague). Her latest solo play, Married Sex, originally commissioned by Theater J and then presented at the New York International Fringe Festival and Off-Broadway (United Solo Festival), is the basis for her forthcoming book.
Also a workshop leader, Laura often works with traumatized populations around the world, helping them heal through storytelling. She has worked with teens from the Middle East, soldiers returning from Afghanistan, and women who’ve been sexually abused. As a Certified Trauma Professional and Sexuality Educator, Laura also offers workshops specifically in sexual healing. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a grant from the Soros Foundation and four Artist Fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Laura has a B.A. in Theatre from Brooklyn College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Brown University, where she studied with Pulitzer Prize winners Nilo Cruz and Paula Vogel.
During this episode, Laura and I talk about how she got started in theater, her career as an actress, and what led her to using acting/storytelling to help heal and empower those who have been affected by sexual abuse.
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