My 2nd Act | FAQ
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What is “My 2nd Act: Survivor Stories from the Stage?”

Imagine live, inspirational readings by women cancer survivors local to each city, describing their work bettering society. The wealth of experience they gained on their cancer journey … that’s their 2nd Act, baby!

Do I have to be a cancer survivor or co-survivor to participate?

Yes. Why?  Because a survivor’s 2nd Act is a powerful component to their own healing. As survivors, we have been given the gifts of time and experience, commodities worthy of sharing abundantly. The powerful story of a 2nd Act and what it has done to make society better comes from a place of survivor reverence. The size of the 2nd Act doesn’t matter. The doing does. These are authentic stories and a tribute to survivors.

Do I have to be a professional actor or writer?

Absolutely not! Every story of survivorship and giving back to other women is worth its weight in gold. We want to hear yours!

Is “My 2nd Act: Survivor Stories from the Stage” an open mic?

No. Each 2nd Act stage show is auditioned for, directed, produced, and rehearsed with professional production values, creating a well-crafted and memorable theatrical experience for the entire audience.

How can I participate in a “My 2nd Act: Survivor Stories from the Stage” production?

My 2nd Act productions are currently slated for cities across the country. Auditions will take place in each city as the production dates nears. Check back here frequently for details!

Can I host a 2nd Act production in my area?

Absolutely! Please email our WSA Founder, Karen Shayne  Also, you can call us at 1-800-569-5193.  We look forward to talking to you!

My company is interested in sponsoring a My 2nd Act production. Who do I contact?

These events are life-changing.  Please contact Karen Shayne at

Where do the proceeds from the My 2nd Act productions go?

Ticket sales and sponsorships benefit the Women Survivors Alliance and their educational programs to support women cancer survivors around the world.