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Tangles in Time – September 13th and 14th

We are delighted to announce that The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has awarded a large grant for a new collaboration between Thomas Jefferson University, ARTZ Philadelphia and Theater of Witness. This Pew Center-funded project, ‘HeART Stories: Building Empathy through the Arts’  has joined artists, healthcare students, people living with dementia, and their care partners in a creative process of empathy-building, storytelling and relationship-forming that will culminate in an original theater performance Tangles in Time that premieres September 13th and 14th 2019 at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral.

More to follow soon!


Photo by Raymond Holman




“Moment to Moment” Film Premiere

Date: April 25
Event begins at 5 p.m. (Doors open at 4:30)
Reception to follow
Event Address: Jordan Medical Education Center, 3400 Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, Pa. 19104Please join us for the premiere of “Moment to Moment,” a short documentary about love and resilience in the face of a debilitating disease.This short film follows Carl and Susan, scientist and artist, respectively, as they navigate the challenges of Carl’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Unable to engage in the scientific inquiry of his prior career, Carl finds solace in his basement, dismantling discarded electronics in search of the valuable copper inside. What begins as a perhaps questionable behavior evolves into a shared artistic collaboration, as Susan turns the copper into art.

Filmmaker: Mike Attie

Featuring: Carl Duzen and Susan Jewett

Co-Produced by: Mike Attie and Teya Sepinuck

RSVP below



Walk in my Shoes – Film Screenings

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?

Sunday March 17th 2pm  The Ethical Society  1906 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia PA          Donations Accepted

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.


Monday May 6th 7:30 pm at Pendle Hill Quaker Center

Photo by Ray Holman

Photo by Ray Holman

‘Walk in my Shoes’  – is a film of the Theater of Witness performance (Watch Trailer) 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. 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.   

The film of the performance by Third Eye Productions and Dax Roggio has just been completed. We are  currently setting up screenings and workshops For more information, contact Teya at teya@theaterofwitness.org


Watch Trailer 

Project Partners:

Philadelphia Police Inspector, Altovise Love-Craighead and

Theater of Witness Artistic Director, Teya Sepinuck



Teya Presentations: The Soul of Story

Invite  Teya Sepinuck, Founder and Artistic Director of Theater of Witness, to give the  Soul of Story program – an inspiring multi-media program of films and life stories from her work creating original testimonial theater with people who have lived through trauma, marginalization and/or oppression. This work with survivors of violence, war, prison and resettlement illuminates the healing power of deep listening, giving voice and “finding the medicine” in stories of struggle, injustice and transformation. Teya will speak personally about the power of bearing witness and using personal and collective story to inspire healing, empathy and peace-building both for performers and audiences.

Teya is currently collaborating with Jefferson and ARTZ Philadelphia on an innovative two-year project called HeART Stories: Building Empathy Through the Arts.






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