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Francesca (Cessa) Betancourt

Artistic Director


Linnea Ingalls

Artistic Producer


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​In 2016, producers Francesca (Cessa) Betancourt and Linnea Ingalls found themselves on a 10 hour bus ride in the mountains of Central Africa, listening to podcasts about female and non-binary experiences. Cessa realized there was no significant outlet back home in the Seattle community for these stories to be told and heard. Thus, with the help of her bus mate, Linnea, the idea for she is FIERCE was created. Their inaugural event, FIRSTS, opened in November 2016. 

"she is FIERCE: stories from the female and genderqueer perspective" is a recurring storytelling event in Seattle (and now a podcast!) where women, genderqueer, and nonbinary people of all demographics can share stories from their experiences that matter to them. At SiF, we value what women, genderqueer, and nonbinary people have to say. We value what they've been through, what they've laughed at, loved, lost, learned, and conquered. And we want to hear more from them. We want them to feel like their voices are heard and appreciated, that their stories matter. We pick a theme for each show and then call for submissions on that theme. Once we select a line up, we provide support and coaching for each storyteller to hone their piece, as well as give them the option of collaborating with a professional dancer, musician, theatre artist, or visual artist.

OUR MISSION: To amplify female and gender queer stories in Seattle by providing a supportive collaborative platform for their vulnerability, expression, and celebration of experience.

Branding, poster, and graphic design by the illustrious Acacia Betancourt

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