Tessa Lena is an immigrant New Yorker with a dramatic story, a performing artist, and a dialogue coach. She has fought off a sex trafficker in China, survived domestic abuse, and now uses her experience to inspire and to teach people to remain strong, happy, and kind. Tessa has been featured in a documentary about her life and on Douglas Rushkoff's Team Human.
Tessa Lena has a gift of explaining complex topics in simple language. She is charismatic and knowledgable, and her stories are powerful. Not only she is an inspiring speaker, she is also a great panel moderator. She spoke (and moderated several panels) at an artists' conference in Brooklyn alongside other great participants (notably, Marc Ribot), and the audience was thrilled. We received many comments thanking us for putting together sessions that were both engaging and educational, and it would not have been possible without Tessa. I highly recommend her.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 600 minutes
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What to Expect
"Tessa Lena is a charismatic speaker with a powerful story. Whether she is talking about serious topics or entertaining, she has a gift of captivating the audience immediately and keeping them engaged."
~ Eric Goodman, Educator / Founder of the Spectacle Show
Depending on your needs, Tessa is available for speaking engagements, on-campus / community dialogue workshops, and one-woman spoken word / multimedia performances. Any combination of these services is available as well.
SPEAKING TOPICS & ANGLES
Domestic Abuse & Dealing with Violence
Art of Dialogue and Importance of Respect
Inner Strength & Happiness
Staying Human in a World of Digital Technology
Dialogue workshops last from one to three hours (depending on the size of the group). They are designed to unlock the participants' potential for self-respect and intelligent, productive exchange. The topic of the workshop can be selected by Tessa Lena or specifically requested by the client. In the course of the event, two or more audience members are invited to present their stories related to the topic. The focus of the guided conversation is always on direct personal experiences. The workshop teaches participants to turn the universal human condition of vulnerability into empowerment, kindness and strength – through fostering dialogue rooted in self-confidence.
Tessa’s bio reads like a Hollywood movie script. She has traveled the world, done academic research in Tibet, performed her music at the Moscow Conservatory, fought off a sex trafficker in China, survived domestic abuse, and lived through a tough immigration story.
Tessa is involved in the musicians’ rights movement, and writes regularly on Tessa Fights Robots.
She has been featured in a documentary about her adventures, and on Douglas Rushkoff’s Team Human.
She believes that a true sense of community is crucial to each individual’s well-being, and that we have the power to help each other be the best versions of ourselves.
Influences & Inspiration
Malidoma Some, Angelique Kidjo, Douglas Rushkoff.