The paradox of trauma is that it has both the power to destroy and the power to transform and resurrect.
_Dr. Peter Levine, Waking the Tiger
A Write to Heal's program - VFA
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PSA video- written, directed & produced by Lisa Regina
Founder & Director of A Write to Heal, Inc. Lisa Regina is an actress, educator. On April 2, 2005, her personal life and professional career came to a crashing halt, as a result of a domestic violence assault by her then celebrity actor fiancé. Lisa’s assault was highly publicized, with media focus on the ‘celebrity’ aspect of the story, instead of the subject matter of domestic violence.
As a result, Lisa learned of the need to raise awareness and started to use her performance skills to educate others on DV. Lisa’s physical and emotional injuries led her to use her acting skills and create, A Write to Heal, a writing / performance program for those whose lives have been touched by domestic violence. WWW.AWRITETOHEAL.ORG WWW.LISAREGINA.COM
As a professional of the arts, Lisa was always committed to creating projects from concept, writing, directing and producing that shed light on the stories that often go unheard. In 2001, she wrote, directed and produced an educational film, “Kenny,” which won the Manhattan Global Film Festival and a Humanitarian Award. As an actress for over 25 years, Lisa is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). Her Film/TV credits include The Sopranos, Bronx Paradise and most recently, Family On Board with Eric Roberts and 79 Parts with Sandra Bernhard. She has also appeared in national commercial campaigns, for Delta Sky Miles and Macy’s.
Following her assault, Lisa’s physical and emotional injuries led her to utilize her artistic and writing skills as a way to heal. Through writing she found personal strength, Lisa founded her non-profit, A Write to Heal, in order to raise awareness and educate communities on issues surrounding DV.
Lisa teaches and implements her writing program in organizations and schools throughout the country.
Hearing so many stories from participants of her writing program, Lisa adapted these true stories to stage performances and has committed herself to educating the public and raising awareness about the crime of domestic violence. She views performance and public speaking as important and empowering educational tools.
On July 13th, 2006, Lisa wrote, directed and produced the first staged performance of A Write to Heal in New York City. Following performances took place on March 16th, 2007, at Sterling High School as a community event in South Jersey. On July 8th 2007, Lisa staged the show’s second performance at The Culture Project in NYC Soho district. The stage performance is a collection of monologues, songs and poetry emerging from and inspired by the true writings of survivors of domestic violence. Originally, started as a grass roots writing group in the living room of Lisa’s NYC apartment with a small group of women, Lisa has now taken A Write to Heal, and her message across the country and around the world. She has been a featured speaker at organizations, events, universities and high school’s around the country, including the Victims Assist Services of Westchester County , “An Empty Place at the Table” with the YWCA, A Child’s View of Union County, NJ Coalition for Battered Women and the Hope’s Door annual Teen Symposium at PACE University,
Lisa was chosen as a keynote speaker for both the YWCA’s 2011 National Conference in Washington D.C., as well as the organizations 2011 International Women’s Summit in Zurich, Switzerland. As the Founder and Director of A Write to Heal, Lisa continues to educate others through writing, performance and filmmaking.
I'll visit your organization, perform my monologue and teach your leaders how to implement and integrate my writing program into your existing programs.
My writing program will offer your students/clients an alternative way to express their stories and heal. The performance level of my writing program breaks the silence about domestic violence by bringing together your community audience to watch the writings that have evolved out of the writing program.
I also offer the opportunity for organizations to book me as their director for the stage performance in their community.
I also include a Q&A segment so I can connect with the community audience following the performance.
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