Secret Survivors is an interview-based theater project featuring adult survivors of child sexual abuse telling their personal stories on stage. Due to social taboos, very few survivors ever share their stories publicly. The majority of survivors never report their abuse to state authorities, and many never tell anyone at all. Secret Survivors seeks to use direct personal narrative to show that this violence is epidemic, to represent the diverse ways this violence occurs, and grapple with the many reasons that most survivors remain silent.
Gabriella Callender, Lucia Leandro Gimeno, RJ Maccani, Diana Sands, and Amita Swadhin
Director: Sara Zatz
Writer: Sara Zatz
Production Manager: Courtney Golden
Collaborating Artist: Amita Swadhin
Lighting Design: Brant Thomas Murray
Sound Design: Kumi Ishizawa
Workshop/Development: Brecht Forum, New York, NY – May 2010
Premiere: El Museo Del Barrio, New York, NY – March 2011
Tour: Undesirable Elements Festival, La MaMa, New York, NY – October 2012
Secrect Survivors and Introduction, Vimeo 2012
What do you think of when you hear the word survivor? Vimeo, 2012
What do you think of when you hear the word justice, Vimeo, 2012
Secret Survivors, The Names, Vimeo
National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Ms. Foundation for Women, Caruso Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Leading for the Future Initiative, a program of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Amita Swadhin was a recipient of the Asian Women’s Giving Circle.
MetLife Foundation is the National Sponsor of Undesirable Elements.
The toolkit and documentary was generously supported by the Ms. Foundation for Women, and contributors to our Indiegogo campaign.