Staged Reading with Reception & Talkback

The Right/Write to Heal Residency is a 5 week, multi organizational organizing effort to creatively uplift and center the stories of formerly incarcerated women and femmes. This residency is co-produced by the Classical Theatre Of Harlem, The Center for Justice at Columbia University and V-Day. This 5-week writing and script development residency is designed to develop an original script through the lens of the participants’ lived experience, storytelling and creative writing. The residency aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for women to explore their experiences, heal from trauma, develop resilience, and share their stories with the world.


* denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association 

Judith Clark


Judith Clark is a mother and grandmother, a writer and a lifelong fighter for justice. She spent 37 ½  years in prison for her part in a robbery, in which three people were killed. While reckoning with the damage she caused, she worked with her sisters to create community based programs for women to address the problems they faced and their desires to grow. She was a founder of ACE (AIDS Counseling and Education) and part of the committee of women who built a college program after public funding was eliminated. Working in the Children’s Center, she helped develop programs for mothers to sustain bonds with their children and mentored new mothers living in the prison nursery. She has written about that work, the experiences of mothers inside, the spiritual work of remorse and the efforts of women inside to build community. Her poetry and writings have appeared in The New Yorker and other journals. Released in 2019, she continues her social justice work as the Community Justice Advocate for Hour Children, which provides housing and support for women emerging from prison.  She is a senior advisor for the Women and Justice Project, and on the advisory boards of the Survivor’s Justice Project and the Osborne Center for Justice Across Generations and the HoPE Doula Program.

Selina Fulford


Selina Fulford is a native of Harlem, New York. Her love for social justice and advocacy  started as a youth on  Columbia University’s open lawn space where she witnessed and participated in ‘Stop The War’ rallies with students attending the university.  She returned home from incarceration in 2000 and has since earned three Master’s degrees in Sociology, Communications, and Social Work. She is now an Arts Activist, dedicated to women’s rights pre and post-incarceration.

Betsey Ramos


Betsy Ramos is an activist and advocate for social justice and has been involved in a number of documentaries including the documentary ‘What I Want My Words to Do to You – The Betsy Ramos Story’ and ‘Before Time/After Time,’ a documentary that explores life before and after incarceration directed by Bruce Levitt. Betsy has dedicated her work to the women she left behind that helped her to survive her incarceration. Betsy Ramos served 24 years for a crime perpetrated by her abuser.

Yolanda Johnson-Peterkin


Yolanda Johnson-Peterkin is the Executive Director of Housing Initiatives in the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. She leads policies and programs to improve housing opportunities for the 750,000 New Yorkers with justice histories. She began her civil service career in 2015 as Chief of Housing and Community Activities for the Family Reentry Program at the New York City Housing Authority. She successfully reunited almost 200 released individuals with their family members living in NYCHA. This program was nationally recognized because it led to low rates of recidivism. Her personal mission of supporting formerly incarcerated people has been core to her career. She has helped women with criminal justice involvement earn college degrees and supported the restoration of Pell grants for incarcerated students. She regularly speaks about prison reform, social justice, housing for the unhoused and women’s pathways to freedom. Ms. Johnson-Peterkin was the Sloan Public Service Awards 2023 recipient for her exemplary work in housing in the justice arenas.

Edna Sams


Edna Sams is the Regional Director at a Non-for-profit Mental Health Supportive Housing provider. She graduated from the Hunter College School of Social Work with an MSW in January 2009. She received her License as a Master of Social Work in December 2014.


Edna was initially reconnected with her writing self as a member of CCF’s Theatre for Social Change (TSC) and The Writer’s Group for over 15 years. She is currently a founding member of the Write/Right to Heal writers’ group where she uses prompts from real life/the movement for social change to create poetic joy which resonates from deep within her. In addition, she has always desired to tell her story in front of people to bring joy and present others who have had similar backgrounds with a point of reference and to recognize the potential for life successes. Yes, it can be done…by any one of us with determination, commitment and of course God’s Grace!!

Teronia Campbell-Scott


Teronia Campbell is a mother, wife, grand “glam-ma,” supervisor with a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and a proud child of God. She is a proud survivor of  life trials and has overcome much adversity. She proudly champions self-love and the love of God. For the past thirty years, she has given back and helped others bounce back from the struggles and challenges of life to awaken lost dreams and new possibilities. She lives by the scripture, ‘With God, nothing is impossible.’



Chesray Dolpha

The Classical Theatre of Harlem


Chesray Dolpha is a South African raised theater maker, director & storyteller. Recent credits include Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine, Voices of Gen Z, Homecoming, Spirit Songs and Memories We’ve Found. 

In her most recent position, she debuted as the Resident Director of the Tina Turner Musical on Broadway. Chesray’s Broadway debut happened while being the Artistic Director of the Broadway Advocacy Coalition (BAC), where her work focused on supervising programming at the intersection of artivism, storytelling, and social justice. Chesray also serves as a committee member of the Task Force on Equity and Inclusion for the New York City Arts In Education Roundtable. Her educational credits include being the Director of Theater at Harlem School of the Arts as well as Teaching Artist and Program Director positions in Arts and Culture organizations both in New York City and Cape Town that were in the pursuit of a more inclusive and vibrant theatre arts community. 

As the Oprah Winfrey African Women Public Service Fellow, Chesray completed her Masters in Public Administration and Non-Profit Management at New York University.  In 2006 Chesray received a Bachelor of Arts with distinction from the University of the Western Cape in South Africa and where she also completed her Honors degree.

Cheryl Wilkins

Columbia Center for Justice


Cheryl Wilkins is the Co-Founder and Co-Director at Columbia University’s Center for Justice (CFJ) where her work is committed to ending the nation’s reliance on incarceration, developing new approaches to safety and justice, and participating in the national and global conversation around developing effective criminal justice policy. She is also director of Women Transcending. In the community, Cheryl is a board member with the Women’s Community Justice Association, a co-convener of the Justice 4 Women’s Task-Force, an advisor with the formerly incarcerated Women’s International Commission, a senior advisor with the Women & Justice Project, and co-founder and executive team member with Women Building Up. She holds a graduate degree in Urban Affairs and is the recipient of the Brian Fischer Award, Davis Putter Fellowship Award, the Sister Mary Nerney Visionary Award, the Community and Social Justice Award and the Citizens against Recidivism Award.

Roslyn Smith



Roslyn D. Smith is the Program Manager for V-day, a nonprofit organization committed to ending violence against women, girls, and the planet.  Roslyn co-founded the writing group “Right/Write to Heal,” catering to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women.  Drawing from her personal experience of long-term incarceration, Roslyn has become a passionate advocate for criminal justice reform.

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Stacey Scott

Line Producer
The Classical Theatre of Harlem


Stacey Sherrell Scott is a Juilliard graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama, a business owner of an Acting and Performance Coaching business, ‘Setting Your Stage,’ a lead teaching artist and the program coordinator for the Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Education and Community Engagement Department. She can be seen on episodes of Showtime’s ‘Billions’ as well as ‘The Equalizer’ on CBS. She is supremely honored to support the work and activism of the beautiful women of Right/Write to Heal and looks forward to continuing to find her voice in support of women and girls.

Brittany Fisher

Juilliard Alumni


Brittany is an NYC-based playwright with roots in Richmond, VA, and graduate of Juilliard’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program. Her play How to Bruise Gracefully won the 2021 Kennedy Center Lorraine Hansberry Award and was recognized by the Rosa Parks Award and Paula Vogel Award. Her play Your Regularly Scheduled Programming was a 2022 O’Neill NPC selection and recognized by the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Award. She was a 2018-20 Pipeline New Works Playwriting Fellow, and her work has been featured at and developed with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, National Black Theatre, Great Plains Theatre Conference, the Alliance Theatre’s Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition, Cadence Theatre Company and Virginia Repertory Theatre. She received her B.A. from James Madison University.


About Classical Theatre of Harlem

Our mission is to maintain a professional theatre company dedicated to returning the classics to the stages of Harlem; to create employment and educational outreach opportunities in the theatre arts; to create and nurture a new, young, and culturally diverse audience for the classics; and to heighten the awareness of theatre and of great art in Harlem.

About the Center for Justice

The Center for Justice is committed to ending mass incarceration and criminalization, and advancing alternative approaches to justice and safety through education, research, and policy change. Its mission is to help transform approaches to justice from being driven by punishment and retribution to being centered on prevention, healing and accountability. The Center is interdisciplinary and works in partnership with schools, departments, centers and institutes across Columbia, other universities, government agencies, community organizations, advocates and those directly affected by the criminal justice system

About V-Day

V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against all women (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender-based violence), girls and the Earth. V-Day believes that when art and activism come together, they have the power to transform systems and change culture. Founded by V (formerly Eve Ensler), activist and author of the The Vagina Monologues, V-Day has inspired women all over the world and raised collective consciousness about how violence and gender intersect. V-Day is a movement and an example of how the power of art can be used as a liberating tool for transformational holistic education and social justice.