The Queer Spirit Podcast

Episode 6:
Drama Therapy & Theatre as Activism
with Anna Winget

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Anna Renée Winget (they/them – currently living on Tongva land) is an artist, activist, scholar and educator. They currently serve as Affiliated Scholar at the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) where they are collaborating on Crossing Pride: a transnational digital healing storytelling project and archive by/ for/ with queer and trans refugees. They hold a doctorate in drama and theatre from the University of California at Irvine (UCI) and at San Diego (UCSD) where they completed their dissertation, “Performing Possibilities: Trans-Healing in Activist Performance” and received their MFA in Playwriting from Boston University. Anna teaches theatre and writing in communities and universities and develops new collaborative performances with communities toward decolonizing and healing. They have developed the Newcomers Performance Project which focuses this work on empowerment for queer and trans refugees. With Tina Rosenberg and Sandra D’Urso, they are co-editor and contributor in the newly published textbook, “Palgrave Handbook of Queer and Trans Feminisms in Contemporary Performance.”

Episode Highlights

  • We learn about how Anna found a place in theater to express and find their true identity. 
  • Anna shares how they explored the therapeutic and social justice aspects of theater and how they traveled internationally helping queer refugees tell their own stories.
  • Anna talks about how theater and film can be tools for conscious raising and healing.
  • They talk about their journey towards becoming a drama therapist. 
  • We discuss the healing power of sharing stories with each other.

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