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Gutless & Grateful in NYC in #healmetoo Fest

April 11 @ 7:00 pm - May 13 @ 8:15 pm EDT

#HealMeToo Festival

3 weeks of performances, panels, workshops, & podcasts for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. March 27-April

From March 27 through April 14 at NYC’s West Village IRT Theater, this first-ever Festival will bring together over 50 artists and experts for performances, panels and participatory workshops. In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, let’s create an intersectional space for conversation that celebrates healing and inspires cultural change.

Buy tickets for Gutless & Grateful here.


#HealMeToo Festival Presents: Gutless & Grateful





Gutless & Grateful: The Deliciously Inspiring One-Woman Musical by Amy Oestreicher is a family-friendly comedic journey of hope, resilience and gratitude. Featuring original music by Oestreicher herself, a song written especially for Amy by Kathie Lee Gifford and David Friedman, and composers including Sondheim, Cy Coleman, Ricky Ian Gordon, and others, Amy’s story shows that you never know what you’re capable of until you’re tested, and that the gifts of a “detour” can be beautifully rewarding.

The week before her senior prom and Amy had only just started to acknowledge that she’d experienced sexual abuse by a trusted mentor. That’s when she abruptly developed a blood clot that caused her stomach to explode, collapsing both her lungs. She nearly died.

Upon waking up from a coma several months later, Amy no longer had a stomach, and was told she might never be able to eat or drink again. After 27 surgeries and six of the past ten years unable to drink a drop of fluid, Amy’s digestive system was miraculously reconstructed. In the process, Amy learned just how much the human spirit can heal through “gutsiness,” gratitude, and an overabundance of humor.

Following sold-out runs at theatres nationwide and headlining international conferences, award-winning actress and playwright Amy Oestreicher brings her hit one-woman musical to the #HealMeToo Festival, as seen on NBC’s Today, CBS, Huffington Post, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, TEDx, and more. 

Content warning: Young adult sexual abuse.

Amy Oestreicher is an Audie award-nominated playwright, actress, artist, author, speaker for RAINN and TEDx, writer for The Huffington Post, award-winning health advocate, and composer, eagerly sharing the lessons learned from a decade of trauma through her writing, performance, art and speaking. She has given three TEDx talks on transforming adversity to creative growth, and her story and show have appeared on the TODAY Show, CBS, WNBC Cosmopolitan, Seventeen Magazine, Unmistakable Creative, Good Housekeeping, among others, and her writings have appeared in over 70 notable lifestyle, wellness, and arts publications. Amy’s “beautiful detour” inspired her to create the #LoveMyDetour movement, a campaign inspiring people to flourish because of, rather than in spite of challenges- also the subject of her upcoming book, My Beautiful Detour


April 11 @ 7:00 pm
May 13 @ 8:15 pm
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IRT Theatre
154 Christopher Street
New York City, NY United States
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