Keynote Speakers

Zoë Flowers: Founder, Soul Requirements

“Our Silence Will Not Protect Us: Reclaiming Our Magick Through Performance”
Throughout history, women of color have been restricted from participating in public discourse.  As a result, secretive methods of liberation emerged. For example, during the Transatlantic Slave Trade, quilts embroidered with intricately woven clues guided enslaved Africans to freedom. In Latin America, music and storytelling were used to escape the harsh realities of war and became a key component of freedom fighting. There are reasons why silence continues to permeate communities of color. This keynote will explore the intricacies of silence.  As advocates, teachers, and healers we recognize the power in telling one’s story. This workshop uses personal accounts, and performance to discuss why women of color do not report gender based violence and offers non-traditional pathways to healing and liberation. 

 

About Zoë Flowers
Zoë Flowers is a filmmaker, author, poet, actress, Reiki Master, seasoned domestic violence advocate and writer with the Huffington Post. Her poetry and essays can be found in Stand Our Ground; Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander, Dear Sister: Letters From Survivors of Sexual Assault and several online journals.  Like many young women, Zoë found herself in a dangerous relationship in her early twenties. She ended the relationship but the experience motivated her to be a catalyst for change. She worked at several state domestic violence coalitions where she provided training, technical assistance, and domestic violence expertise to programs and community partners across the country before dedicating her talents to women of color advocates, survivors, and their families as the Director of Survivor Programs for the Women of Color Network Inc.

In 2012, Zoë launched Soul Requirements to combine her artistic projects, domestic violence expertise, and holistic healing practice. She has facilitated individual and group healing sessions to clients across the country and internationally. She has worked with the Joyful Heart Foundation since 2012 on a number of projects. She is also a member of the foundation’s retreat team where she provides Reiki to survivors of domestic and sexual violence.  

In 2004, Zoë Flowers conducted interviews with women of color about their experiences with domestic and sexual violence. From Ashes To Angel's Dust: A Journey Through Womanhood is the book that emerged from those interviews. ASHES - a ChoreoDrama that uses monologues, poems and vignettes to breathe life into the original stories chronicled in Zoë’s book and includes new stories about historical oppression, the media, campus sexual assault, body image, and the journey to self-love. ASHES has had many successful performances across the country including; Yale University’s 2016 Fearless Conference, The White House’s United State of Women Summit in Washington, DC in 2016, NCADV’s 2016 National Conference: Voices United and Smith College in 2017. Zoë’s book, From Ashes To Angel's Dust: A Journey Through Womanhood was re-released in 2017 and Zoë has done several book readings throughout the year. 

Zoë has now added filmmaking, producing and directing to her resume. She began filming her first movie RODE in 2017. The film is slated for screening in 2018.

 

Antonia Lassar: Playwright and Performer, Post Traumatic Super Delightful

Post Traumatic Super Delightful (PTSD)
Post Traumatic Super Delightful (PTSD) is a groundbreaking piece of theatre about the sexual assault crisis on college campuses. Through docu-drama, the lives of survivors, perpetrators, and bystanders weave together in a wickedly funny and piercingly insightful story about a community trying to heal after a sexual assault. PTSD is more than a piece of theatre; it's an educational tool about the successes, challenges, and complexities of sexual assault prevention, including Title IX legislation. The play explores how everyone in a community is hurt by sexual violence, and how laughter can be an unexpected first step towards healing. "An opportunity for communities to come together to laugh, question, and learn.”- Marie Claire Magazine.

About Antonia Lassar
Antonia Lassar, BFA is a playwright, performer, and educator in New York City. Her solo performances straddle the intersection of journalism and theatre. She has performed her works at major colleges and at theatres in the United States and in South Africa. She guest-lectures at colleges and universities on activism through art, was recently a mentor for Glamour Magazine’s Top Ten College Women’s program, and delivered a keynote at the 2017 Minnesota Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers conference. Ms. Lassar was called “your new hero” by Marie Claire Magazine for her theatrical work addressing sexual violence on campuses.