SKIN: a Funny and Frank Play with Music – About the Power of Resilience, Creativity & Vulnerability to Transcend Sexual Violence

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 3:30-5:00pm 
*This performance will inform a follow-up panel discussion scheduled for Friday, November 2, 2018, 1:45-3:15pm*

Join us for SKIN by Hope Singsen on Thursday, with a follow-up discussion panel Friday at 1:45. In SKIN, two things threaten to derail a woman’s dissertation on Virginia Woolf: her hot new girlfriend and her own dark past. Confronted by echoes of sexual violence in Woolf’s text, the grad student races to write herself into a happier future. Her creative work and classroom lectures grow increasingly inventive – even sensual experience becomes an aesthetic medium – as she strives for a love greater than any she’s known before. But after you learn to guard against life, can you learn to open up again? SKIN demonstrates the impact of embodied engagement in healing through the arts, for artists and audiences alike. The play will offer a case study for Friday’s follow-up panel discussion of the neuroaesthetic, therapeutic, and philosophical impacts of embodied presence within a transformative arts environment.


Hope Singsen is an artist and creativity researcher based in New York City. An actor, writer, singer/songwriter, and producer, Hope has appeared in numerous films and TV shows as well as on the national stage. Select credits include Disney’s College Road Trip (opposite Martin Lawrence), Law & Order: Criminal Intent, indie feature, Collar, and the New York Premiere of José Rivera’s Sonnets for an Old Century at The Barrow Group, where she is a frequently-contributing member. Hope developed her solo play with music, SKIN, with generous support from The Barrow Group, The Red Fern Theatre and Theaterlab. She has won Artist Residencies with the Mellon-funded Creative Arts Across Disciplines program at Vassar College, NYC’s IRT Theater and The Catwalk Institute in Catskill, NY, and is excited to present SKIN together with her research on embodied creativity and neuropsychology at a2ru. For decades, this research has investigated the mechanisms within creativity that may enable individual and cultural change. Hope’s exploration is grounded in traditional research, was fleshed out through practice in developing SKIN, and continues to expand in encounters with live audiences. In April 2019, Hope will further apply her research as the founder and Artistic Director of NYC’s first #HealMeToo Festival for Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The festival will present 3 weeks of multi-disciplinary works in development that foster resilience and growth, creating an intersectional space for conversation, learning and laughter. Workshops, panels and podcasts will invite the community to discover many approaches to healing: from the latest therapeutic advances, to activism, to bodywork, to creative writing, music and dance. Learn more, hear #HealMeToo podcasts and sign up for Hope’s newsletter at


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