Have you been listening?
Last Thursday, we released the third episode in our podcast series: WISER - 50 years ending gender-based violence. The series features stories of the people who helped evolve WISE into the organization it is today and who continue to create positive change against gender-based violence into the present and future. In the Summer of 2021, 16 people were interviewed by Jess Chayes, Northern Stage’s former BOLD Associate Artistic Director and award-winning director and producer of new work. In this engaging and informational podcast, personal stories from WISE’s past help connect us with the mission of creating a more peaceful Upper Valley.
In the first episode, our host Jess Chayes sets the stage by introducing WISE, Northern Stage, and the Upper Valley. We meet Martha Popp and Alix Olson who share stories about WISE’s beginning as a grassroots resource center for women in the 1970s.
In the second episode, Jess interviews Shirley Barrett Rivard who worked at WISE for over three decades. Shirley shares what it was like in the early days when WISE shifted its focus to supporting survivors of gender-based violence.
In the third episode, Abby Tassel and Lizann Peyton talk about the mid-90s and how WISE evolved into a more structured organization and created opportunities for public conversations about gender-based violence.
Episode 4 will be released next Thursday! WISER is available for listening for free at the Northern Stage box office. If you haven't already, sign up here.