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Jane doe

This is a participatory theatre show reflecting on rape culture in our communities

Nov 15, 2019, 7pm
Sarah Lawrence College, NY, USA




Jane Doe is a participatory theatre show reflecting on rape culture in our communities.

One performer leads a public reading of a rape trial script, where audience members (or students) read as witnesses and lawyers, and feed in live responses via their phones. Interwoven with frank and funny documentary footage with young people from across America and Aotearoa, Jane Doe is a revelatory and carefully crafted discussion on consent, feminism and sexual empowerment.

Jane Doe can be performed in theaters, classrooms, conference rooms, or lecture halls for audiences from 30 to 500 people.

We travel to your community to interview people from your audience and these filmed interviews are included in the show. We engage with local sexual violence experts to conduct talkbacks after the performance.  

Jane Doe began touring US colleges in April 2016 and has been presented 13 times at various colleges. It was presented in New Zealand in the Auckland Fringe Festival in March 2017, where it won the 'Social Impact Award'. It travelled to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017. 

Jane Doe is an original work created by Eleanor Bishop.




November 15, 2019, 7pm
Sarah Lawrence College
Tickets (free) & info here
















Where we've been

  • Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, Pittsburgh, November 1, 2016

  • Point Park University, Pittsburgh, April 4, 2016

  • MOSAIC Gender Conference, Pittsburgh, April 8, 2016

  • Carnegie Mellon University Pre-College, Pittsburgh, July 23, 2016

  • Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA, August 25, 2016

  • Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, September 28, 2016

  • Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA, October 6, 2016.

  • Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, October 8-9, 2016.

  • Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA, October 11, 2016

  • University of Nebrasksa-Omaha, January 23, 2017

  • Auckland Fringe Festival, Auckland, New Zealand, March 8-10 & 13-14, 2017

  • Slippery Rock University, PA, April 19, 2017

  • Q Theatre Loft Auckland, New Zealand, June 6-17, 2017

  • Assembly George Square, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, August 3 - 28, 2017,

  • Carnegie Mellon University Pre-College, Pittsburgh, August 6, 2017

  • Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, September 21, 2017

  • Arts Festival Dunedin, NZ, September 21-23, 2018

  • Sydney Fringe Festival, Australia, September 25-29, 2018

  • Nelson Arts Festival, NZ October 20 & 21, 2018

  • Hawkes Bay Arts Festival, NZ, October 25, 2018

  • BATS Theatre, Wellington, NZ, Oct 30 - Nov 3, 2018

  • Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, April 27, 2019, Part of Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention Week

  • Southland Arts Festival, Invercargill, NZ, May 1-2, 2019



In my area of needing to educate students about a very personal subject, the largest hurdle I face is finding a program that is educational AND engaging. You hit this on all fronts. It was riveting from start to finish and allowed for students to engage personally in the show through conversation and anonymous texting.
— Elizabeth Rosemeyer, Title IX Coordinator, Point Park University
This is a play with the power to change society
— Audience member
This is not just a production - it is a conversation that needs to happen now
— Audience member
Such a caring and evocative treatment of…a complicated societal construct
— Renee Camerlengo, Carnegie Mellon Student Life Office
Something that should be a part of curriculum everywhere. The way we educate about math and science should be the same amount we educate about rape and sex
— Audience member

The Jane Doe company travels to your community and works with your organization to engage your audience in the issues around rape culture, consent, and bystander intervention. We engage with your community in the following ways:

  • STUDENT PERFORMERS: The main portion of the show is a public reading of a rape case trial transcript. We work with you and your theater programme to select student actors from your school to read as the lawyers and the witnesses. 
  • FACILITATED DIALOGUE: We work with local crisis centers, advocates, and prevention experts to facilitate discussions with audience members after each show. (We work with you to decide who those people should be, whether within or outside your organization.)
  • INTERVIEWS (OPTIONAL): We interview people at your institution or organisation, asking questions about objectification, feminism and sex positivity. These are folded into the show, ensuring Jane Doe speaks directly to and for your community.

  • WORKSHOP WITH STUDENT ACTORS (OPTIONAL): We run a workshop on creating socially engaged theater with your theater students. 

Interviewing students at Point Park University 

Interviewing students at Point Park University 

Running time

Young men engaged in post-show conversation

Young men engaged in post-show conversation

60 minutes + dialogue

Type of Space

THEATER STYLE: actual theater, or large lecture hall. Seats face the front of the room/stage. 
a large room or theater space with rows of chairs set in a circle around the performer.
(E.g: black box theater, conference room)


  • PA system with 2 speakers and audio input for laptop
  • 4 microphones + stands
  • On stage and house lights up and down
  • Screen (either hanging or freestanding) installed in the center of the playing space
  • Projector and video connection
  • We provide our own macbook pro laptop with q lab that runs sound and video
  • Space needs to have wifi for live audience texting
  • Venue to provide a technical support person
  • We require 5 hours in the space prior to the show 


Cost varies by location and includes travel, booking
fees, and national per diem rates. This does not
include costs to book space or A/V. Contact us for a quote!

Who's involved?

Eleanor Bishop - Creator, Writer & Director
Eleanor Bishop makes socially engaged performance experiences that seek to untangle complex systems of oppression through active participation by audiences. Her pieces often blend classic plays, text from media coverage, documentary interviews, live camera and sustained personal engagement with an ensemble of actors and designers.
She holds an MFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama, where she studied as a John Wells Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar. Originally from Aotearoa-New Zealand, she divides her time between NZ and the USA.

Molly Griggs - Performer (USA)
Molly Griggs is from Fayetteville, North Carolina and has a BFA in Acting/Musical Theater from Carnegie Mellon University. While at CMU, she was a creator and actor in the award winning Gertrude Stein SAINTS! which premiered at FringeNYC and later ran at Abrons Art Center. She spent this past summer devising theater with CMU and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and their work was featured at TEDx Glasgow and The Prague Quadrennial.

Alex Spieth - Performer (USA)
Alex Spieth is the creator and writer of the web series [Blank] My LifeShe is a frequent collaborator with Irondale Ensemble (1599 ProjectDead End)  and Tele-Violet (The Power of EmotionPink Melon Joy, and Suddenly, Last Summer).  Alex graduated from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama with a BFA in Acting. 

Karin McCracken - Performer (New Zealand)
Karin McCracken is an actor and theatre-maker based in Wellington, New Zealand. She has recently appeared in Wine LipsSpring Awakening, and Angry Brigade in various Wellington theatres. In 2016, Karin was a creator of  and performer in It's A Trial (Barbarian Productions and Binge Culture theatre company), participatory theatre that utilises court-room form to interrogate social inequity (Most Original Production at the 2016 Wellington Theatre Awards). Karin received a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Theatre, and a Bachelor of Laws, from Victoria University of Wellington in 2013. 

Jess Klein - Education & Outreach Coordinator (USA)
Jess is from Michigan and moved to Pittsburgh three years ago. Her passion for feminism, violence prevention, and social justice led Jess to her current position as the Coordinator of Gender Programs and Sexual Violence Prevention at Carnegie Mellon University. In this role, she educates the campus community on primary prevention of violence, rape culture, consent and makes the hard topics of sexual assault and relationship violence more digestible to learn about, which she hopes to do through her role with Jane Doe. Jess received her B.S. and M.A. in Criminology from Eastern Michigan University, where she also served as the Program Coordinator for the Women's Resource Center. She has been working in the violence prevention field for 13 years.

Dramaturgy: Rachel Abrams
Media Design:  Dan Sakamoto & Kevan Loney
Touring Technician/Videographer (USA): Kevan Loney
Original Music/Sound: Gareth Hobbs
Contributing Artist: Lucy Pope
Consulting Producer & Graphic Design (USA)Jordan Harrison
Producers (New Zealand): Lydia Zanetti & Helen Sheehan for Zanetti Productions