Teya Sepinuck is the founder and director of Theatre of Witness, a model of performance that gives voice to those who have been marginalized, forgotten or are invisible in society. For the past 25 years, she has been creating and producing Theater of Witness projects with prisoners and their families, survivors and perpetrators of abuse, refugees, immigrants, elders and those who have lived through war.
Her work has taken her to Poland and Northern Ireland where she just completed her third production at The Playhouse in Derry /Londonderry creating original Theatre of Witness with ex-combatants, members of the security forces, survivors, witnesses and those living with the intergenerational legacy of the Troubles.
Teya, who has a Masters Degree in Community Counseling was an adjunct faculty in dance at Swarthmore College from 1974 to 1991. She is the recipient of Philadelphia Human Rights Award for Arts and Culture from the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, a Local Hero Award from Bank of America, as well as Cultural Arts Award from Womens Way and the Mayors Commission on Women. She has a long time meditation practice which informs all of her work and life. Her new book “Theatre of Witness – Finding the Medicine in Stories of Suffering, Transformation and Peace” is published by Jessica Kingsley Press and comes out in January 2013.