Our Staff

 

Kindra Steenerson

Coordinator of Prevention & Specialized Advocacy

Originally from Southern California, Kindra crept her way south via Utah, Arizona, and Illinois. She graduated with her Master of Fine Arts from Utah State University where she studied Theatre and Women’s Studies. During her former career as a college professor, Kindra created, and participated extensively in, prevention initiatives surrounding intimate partner violence and sexual assault on campus and in local communities. She has organized “Take Back the Night,” “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” “The Clothesline Project,” and “Die-In” events in several states, and has participated as both an actor and a director in multiple productions of The Vagina Monologues as part of the V-Day campaign.

At University of North Carolina Wilmington Kindra developed the course “Interrupting Rape Culture” for the Women’s Studies and Graduate Liberal Arts programs. At Illinois College she started a confidential on-campus support group for sexual assault survivors and formed a theatre troupe of college students who tackled prevention and education work in local high schools.

Kindra has served on numerous committees, task forces, and advisory boards surrounding issues of diversity and equity, and believes that successful prevention must be focused on needs unique to individual communities as well as the society writ large.

In addition to exploring physical theatre’s ability to heal trauma, Kindra’s dedication to studying the efficacy of theatre praxis to create space for difficult conversations surrounding social justice and identity politics is at the forefront of her prevention tool development.