Arts & Social Justice Breakfast: #MeToo – What’s Next?

Oct. 23, 2018, 8:30 am10:30 am EDT

$25 – $100


280 Broadway, Entrance at 53A Chambers
New York, NY 10007 United States

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Phone: (646) 837-6809


During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, leaders in the arts and social justice fields will come together to advance the conversation about the #MeToo movement and where it might be headed.

We will discuss the diverse roles artists, journalists and lawyers play in this movement as well as ways that different sectors of action can unite to strengthen #MeToo and move it forward.

Breakfast and coffee will be served.

Andrew Sta. Ana, Director of Legal Services at Day One
Qurrat Ann Kadwani, Award-Winning Actress, Producer, MC, TV Host and Philanthropist
Robin Pogrebin, New York Times Reporter

Kayhan Irani, Emmy Award-Winning Writer, Cultural Activist

Tickets are offered on a sliding scale and will support Gibney’s Community Action initiatives that use art as a means to prevent and move beyond violence 365 days a year.

Note: This is not a media event, though members of the media will be present.

Copyright Gina Gibney Dance Inc., photo by Scott Shaw.

Arts & Social Justice Breakfast: #MeToo – What’s Next? is part of Gibney’s observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, made possible by lead sponsor New York Health & Racquet Club.

New York Health & Racquet Club


As the Director of Legal Services, Andrew Sta. Ana, Esq., coordinates Day One’s direct legal services program. Through advocacy and direct representation in cases concerning family law, immigration, and criminal justice, Andrew works to protect the rights of young survivors. His practice emphasizes community partnership, cultural competency, and an analysis that centers the experiences of youth and survivors of intimate partner violence. At Day One, Andrew provides trainings on dating violence, the rights of young people within the legal system, and the use technology intimate partner violence.

Qurrat Ann Kadwani is an Award-Winning Actress, Producer, MC, TV Host and Philanthropist from NYC. Through her portrayal of 8 characters in her newest play INTRUSION, she evaluates the flaws in a society where rape is supposedly eradicated, helping to raise awareness about sexual violence and combat systemic oppression. For this play, she won a special citation from NYS Assembly for exemplary contribution, the Best Performer Award at Maui Fringe Festival 2018 and is the winner of the 2018 Kansas City Fringe Scholarship for strong voices. She is the first South Asian female to have a solo play, They Call Me Q, produced Off Broadway in 2014 at the St. Luke’s Theatre for which she has won awards including Best Actress, Best Play, NYS Assemblyman, Bronx Borough President Award, Trailblazer from SAIPAF, Cultural from AAPICC, Dream from SAPNA. Her college tour spans to 200 shows in 35 states.

She is the founding Artistic Director of eyeBLINK ( and the head of the Theatre department. She is a graduate of The Bronx High School of Science and a theater graduate of SUNY Geneseo with a double scholarship for her directing and acting contributions. Ms. Kadwani teaches private classes in Solo Play Creation, Monologue Writing and Performance, Monologue Prep, Audition Prep and Acting Business Plan.

Robin Pogrebin is a staff reporter at The New York Times, where she covers art, auctions and architecture for the Culture Desk. She previously covered the magazine industry for the Business section and city news for Metro. Prior to joining The Times, Ms. Pogrebin worked as an associate producer for Peter Jennings’ documentary unit at ABC News. Before that, she was a staff reporter at The New York Observer. Ms. Pogrebin has written freelance articles for various publications including Vogue, Town & Country, Departures, Architectural Digest and New York Magazine and her work has been featured in several anthologies. She teaches journalism and is a frequent radio guest, speaker and moderator. She lives in New York City.

Kayhan Irani (Moderator) is an Emmy-award winning writer, a cultural activist, and a Theater of the Oppressed trainer. She creates art to build community and connect audiences into social justice issues. She regularly partners with NGOs, government agencies, and community based organizations to use theater and story-based strategies for organizing, engagement, and education. Kayhan was one of ten artists named by President Obama’s White House as a 2016 White House Champion of Change for her art and storytelling work.  Her one-woman show, We’ve Come Undone toured nationally and internationally, telling stories of Arab, South Asian and Muslim-American women in the wake of 9/11. She’s currently working on a new one-woman show around migration, loss, healing and finding home.


The accessible entrance for this location is located at 280 Broadway. Please note that this is a shared entrance with the New York City Department of Buildings. To access the elevator, attendees may be asked to provide a valid photo ID and go through building security, including a metal detector.

Requests for reasonable accommodation or for access to the 280 Broadway entrance after 5:00 pm or on the weekend should be made three days in advance by contacting Elyse Desmond at 646.837.6809 (Voice only), or by e-mailing