IN CONVERSATION is a new series of free community events, serving as a platform to pass the mic and invite artists from around the Bay to be in conversation with the work we are presenting on stage. Come by and join the conversation!

IN CONVERSATION events for Nan and the Lower Body:

 


In Conversation with the Cast

July 20, 2022
Following the 7:30pm performance

Join us In Conversation with the actors of Nan and the Lower Body as they discuss their process and journey.

 


In Conversation: Access to Safe Healthcare

July 23, 2022
Following the 2pm performance

Join us In Conversation as we discuss access to safe health care for women, the struggle to codify it, and how it affects our eco-systems when women do not have autonomy over their own bodies and are unable to access health services.

EVENT PANELISTS:

Sophia YenFor the last decade plus, Wynne Segal Dubovoy has focused on reproductive rights and access, first as Chair of the NARAL Pro-Choice America Peninsula Leadership Council, and since January 2019 as a Major Gifts Officer for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, raising money in Silicon Valley. 

Wynne was an early Board member of WIRE for Women, and served as Treasurer. WIRE for Women is a non-partisan group helping recruit, train and identify, recruit and train local women run for office in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, and seek appointive office.

Currently Secretary of the Theatreworks Silicon Valley Board, Wynne has served on the Boards of Crystal Springs Uplands School and Ronald McDonald House at Stanford.  Trained as an MSW,  and a dedicated community volunteer, Wynne helps new non-profits create a Development plan,  as is passionate about helping all in the community, especially in the areas of women’s health, reproductive justice, access to health care, children and education, and the arts. 

Sophia YenKaren Grove was born and raised in the Bay Area and has attended many a TheatreWorks production!

Karen’s parents are refugees and Holocaust survivors who found safety, support, acceptance, and opportunity in the United States. The Grove organizations fund organizations who are building a world in which all people have the resources, respect, and sense of belonging to live and contribute fully as themselves, in safety, and with joy. Grove grant making is guided by a racial and gender justice lens and includes reproductive health and justice, immigrant and refugee legal services, civic and political engagement that centers communities of color, young voters and other marginalized voices, local safety net services. Karen enjoys helping others act on their values through community leadership and philanthropic mentoring. She served for 13 years on the board of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California and is currently a board member of Groundswell Fund, Committee on States, and the California Donor Table. Karen has raised four endlessly interesting children, now adults. She loves reading, backpacking, walking to “yappy hour” at the park with her dog, and hanging out with her wonderful, enjoyable, amazing husband.

 


In Conversation: Innovations in Women's Healthcare

July 30, 2022
Following the 2pm performance

Join us In Conversation with Sophia Yen, CEO/Co-Founder of Pandia Health, whose mission includes improving women’s lives by making healthcare better, easier, and safer. Also joining us is Mary Jo Potter, an entrepreneur and investor, focusing on healthcare including Healthcare Angels which curates healthcare investment opportunities and connects investors and partners with the most innovative and sustainable companies. They'll discuss leadership and creating opportunities for innovation, sustainability and equity.

EVENT PANELISTS:

Sophia YenDr. Sophia Yen, MD MPH is the CEO/Co-Founder of Pandia Health. She is Board Certified in Adolescent Medicine with 20+ years of experience in medicine. She graduated from MIT, UCSF Medical School, and UC Berkeley with a MPH in Maternal Child Health. She serves as a Clinical Associate Professor at Stanford Medical School in the department of Pediatrics in the Division of Adolescent Medicine. She co-founded 3 non-profit organizations/projects in her endeavors to improve the lives of women: The Silver Ribbon Campaign to Trust Women, SheHeroes.org, the “full” campaign = fffl.co = Female Founded, Female Led, a B2C campaign to get consumers to choose Female Founded, and Female Led, all things being equal. She co-founded Pandia Health because she believes no one should suffer from “pill anxiety” - the fear of running out of birth control and the stress of having to obtain birth control each month. Her latest health campaign is to educate the public about #periodsOptional. See her TEDx talk at the bottom of this page http://pandiahealth.com/periodsoptional Anyone with a uterus does not have to bleed each month. This will decrease cancer, decrease landfill, and increase women’s participation in school and work. Dr. Sophia Yen enjoys educating the public and other physicians about birth control, #PeriodsOptional, acne, weight management, and other adolescent health issues. She has spoken at SXSW, TEDxBerkeley, Facebook, TEDx Silicon Valley Women, UC Merced, UC Davis, UC Riverside, Stanford University, local high schools, Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula, and given grand rounds and noon lectures at various academic institutions from Stanford Pediatrics and Internal Medicine to UCLA Internal Medicine. She has been featured in many publications for her work in reproductive health and as CEO of Pandia Health.

Mary Jo PotterMary Jo Potter has been an active entrepreneur and investor for 30 years. Having sold a company to McGraw Hill, she became active in Angel investing by joining Keiretsu Forum, where she has been a member for 20 years. She has invested in a variety of entities but is now focused on the healthcare sector. Mary Jo is now Managing Partner of Healthcare Angels, a GP in Keiretsu Capital, where she has been on the investment committee for 5 years, an LP in Purple Arch Ventures (Northwestern University’s venture fund), an LP in Portfolia, and a member of Band of Angels and Skydeck. Mary Jo is on several boards, and she has helped 6 companies to IPO or acquisition. She is a member of Women Corporate Directors and treasurer of the International Women’s Forum.

 

 


In Conversation: The Directors Series

The plays on our stage are in conversation with each other, to tell a story of who we are. The Directors Series invites our directors to be in conversation about their work, what moves them and how they inspire each other. Join our digital conversation.

TIM BOND and GIOVANNA SARDELLI

Tim Bond and Giovanna Sardelli discuss Nan and the Lower Body in today’s world, reflecting on recent events around the dismantling of Roe v Wade, what it means to bring this play to life, and the importance of highlighting who is missing from the conversation around a woman’s body and choice.