Episode 15: The Initiation

A monologue about a girl getting her period for the first time starts a conversation about puberty, menstruation, and what it means to enter the next stage of your life. Featuring conversations with Kaltra Zabiku, whose monologue "The Initiation" inspired this episode; and with Nadya Okamoto, who has become a leading voice in the Menstrual Movement since she started PERIOD, an organization that provides feminine hygiene products to those in need.

I know these things take time and I shouldn’t be so ready to grow up but, I want to grow up! I want to talk about stupid tampon discoveries... whatever tampons are.
— from "The Initiation" by Kaltra Zabiku
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Further Reading & Resources

Find out more about Nadya's organization PERIOD, including how you can start a chapter in your community.

Get to know Nadya! Check out her "21 Under 21" feature on Teen Vogue, her TedTalk, or her new web series "Nadya Talks".

About the Performer

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Donovan is an Actor/Writer/Teaching Artist who proudly hails from New Orleans but has made Philly her artistic home. With PYP, Donovan has taught workshops and residencies, acted in the Young Voices Monologue Festival, in staged readings, and in classrooms, and has selected high school submissions for the 2017 Literary Committee.  She has performed regionally at Walnut St Theatre, Theatre Horizon, Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, Revolution Shakespeare, Delaware Shakespeare, Scranton Shakespeare Festival, Hangar Theatre, New Orleans Fringe, and Philly Fringe, amongst others. BFA: Ithaca College. donovanlockett.com

"The Initiation" was directed by Cat Ramirez for the 2018 Mouthful Monologue Festival. Monologue accompaniment by Daniel De Jesus.

Music for this episode is by Lee Rosevere, used under the Creative Commons license.