HEDDA KRAUSZ SJÖGREN

Hedda Krausz Sjögren is a playwright, producer and founder of Voices.


MY WORK

I’m a playwright and producer hovering between social entrepreneurship, arts and ethical lobbying.

I’ve created a performance and production concept combining documentary theatre with strategic communication, Voices. Voices is used as a tool for NGO’s, government institutions, companies and individuals to advocate for issues related to human rights.

I have worked in 30 countries, from Afghanistan to the United States, from Sweden to Nigeria, and I have put over 1000 decision makers on stage to portray human rights defenders and women’s rights activists.

MY PHILOSOPHY

As a kid I was always lost in some story or other, imagining I was a detective, a musketeer or an adventurer. As a grown up I found a way to use that imagination in my work.

People lending their voices to other people’s stories is a way to catalyze change, that is what I believe and also what I have seen as a result of the work I do.

I have heard women begin to speak publicly of their experiences of fighting in resistance movements, after 30 years of silence, reclaiming their personal history. I have met women who have dared to seek help from abusive relationships, I have seen politicians cry and watched them follow up with policy changes – all directly connected to the documentary storytelling projects that I work with.

I am always looking for ways of creating what someone called ‘sustainable compassion’.

One of the ways is to make people imagine what it is like to be someone else –  and what better way than by sharing experiences, stories, and speaking other people’s words?

PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT

  • Six Persons Singular
  • International documentary project on sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • War experiences in Sweden

PLAYS (a selection)

  • Romska Röster
  • Kriget har inget kvinnligt ansikte (with Jonas Jarl)
  • Den tomma stolen (with Jonas Jarl)
  • En värld att leva i (with Jonas Jarl)

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Voices provides a method for advocacy, using documentary theatre and strategic communication as key components. Voices projects address human rights and women’s rights issues and are always contextualized and implemented by local partners

More information at voicesprojects.com

RECENT ENGAGEMENTS

  • Panellist at United States Institute of Peace, Washington DC: “Catalyzing Change: Women, Media and the Arts” April, 2015
  • Panellist, Swedish Embassy in Serbia & Montenegro, Podgorica, Montenegro: Seminar on the Swedish Feminist Foreign Policy, March 2015
  • Guest speaker at Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, in the course “Media, Arts & Culture: Fuelling war or creating peace?”, January 2016
  • Moderator at Royal Dramatic Theatre, a series of post performance talks with war survivors on Nobel Prize laureate Svetlana Aleksijevitjs work. 2015
  • Penned a teacher’s guide to art, activism and freedom of speech for Royal Dramatic Theatre. 2016
  • Teacher of courses and workshops in physical theatre methods (Tadashi Suzuki and Viewpoints), for instance at Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. 1998 – on going
  • Member of the board at foundation Albert Bonniers 100-årsminne, where we award prizes to Swedish authors of fiction and non-fiction, translators and illustrators. 2014 – on going

 

CLIENTS 2015 – 2016 (a selection)

Royal Dramatic Theatre, UN Women Bangladesh, Swedish Institute, Lynx Asset Management, Lärarförbundet, Forum för levande historia, Hyper Island, NATO/SHAPE.

HIGHLIGHTS

To date, I worked in 30 countries globally ranging from Afghanistan and Ukraine, to Egypt and the USA.

I had work produced at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, the Istanbul Theatre Biennale and in the parliaments of the EU, Ukraine, Sweden and Serbia, as well as in villages, town halls, universities, churches and in The Library of Alexandria.

My work has been featured in international media, have a peek here.


SWEDISH RADIO (SR)

Hedda och Seven – om en konstnär, ett internationellt projekt och kvinnors rättigheter.

VIDEOS

 

CONTACT

Mail: hedda@hedda.nu
Phone: +46 (0) 706 73 73 72
Skype: heddasjogren

Address
Hedda Produktion
Midskeppsgatan 25b
120 66 Stockholm
Sweden