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Seattle Agencies Come Together to Support 'Disclosure' – a One Woman Show


A compelling #MeToo journey and its tragic consequences by UpperHand's Stephanie Peirolo

Seattle Agencies Come Together to Support 'Disclosure' – a One Woman Show

When DNA co-founder and CEO Alan Brown saw author and consultant Stephanie Peirolo’s one woman show at a small theatre in Seattle last summer, he was blown away by her story of working in the media and advertising industry faced with sexism, misogyny and personal tragedy. He decided to bring the show to his agency and industry.

Peirolo will return to the stage on Sunday, February 10th for a 3pm performance at the Cornish Playhouse to share ‘Disclosure’ with members of the same industry that turned her away. Brown, together with the female leaders of three other Seattle agencies – POSSIBLE, WONGDOODY and Media+ - are underwriting the production to make tickets available for as low as $5. 100% of the proceeds of ticket sales go to the Jubilee Women’s Center.

Peirolo first told her story for The Moth in a 12-plus minute piece that was both heart wrenching and funny as it detailed her work experiences and her son’s horrific accident that eventually led to his death. The story is part of her one-woman show that was directed by her Moth collaborator Maggie Cino, who convinced Peirolo to tell her full story as the #MeToo movement got underway.

“I’ve had three significant legal settlements in my career and two of them I am not allowed to speak of because of non-disclosure agreements,” Peirolo told CityArts Magazine in an interview. “What I realised over the last few years is that those NDAs, they’re not paying us settlements to make right what they did wrong, they’re paying us to keep quiet.”

Peirolo is not being quiet anymore. She is now a Seattle-based consultant whose company, UpperHand, works with leaders at ad agencies and creative companies to help them create better workplaces.

“I was one of very few men in the audience when Stephanie first took her show on the stage in Seattle. I felt it was important for men in particular, to see this so they could better understand the issues women continue to face,” explained Alan Brown.

Tickets for Disclosure can be purchased here.

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The Marketing Standard, Thu, 07 Feb 2019 10:41:55 GMT