Nashville, TN – My 2nd Act: Survivor Stories from the Stage is a platform for cancer survivors to share their deepest personal stories.  These theatrical shows prove that the human spirit always prevails and that even a life-changing diagnosis like cancer can have a positive effect on survivors and their friends, families and society as a whole.

My 2nd Act is a professionally produced stage show staged in theaters across the country and brought to you by the Women Survivors Alliance.  The shows feature a cast of real women on stage revealing their own personal experiences of surviving cancer.  Their dramatic essays unravel the truth about perseverance in the face of uncertainty as they enter their 2nd Act of life–survivorship.  The result is a raw and honest exposé that not only empowers those on stage, but also inspires those witnessing.  It’s an amazing evening of emotions as it celebrates both the survivors and non-survivors in the audience. In turn, the members of the audience are motivated to create their own 2nd Acts, inspiring others, regardless of the challenges they face in life. And long after the stage lights have gone dark this inspiration and joy has a lasting effect.

My 2nd Act: Survivor Stories from the Stage is coming back with a new look, a new feel and a new level of production.

As a newly featured television series on Smart TV platform, My 2nd Act will now follow the path of the current mainstream productions as we film the audition process in each city where survivors share their amazing stories with the hopes of being chosen for the theatrical presentation.  Well-produced backstories of inspiring participants will be created as we follow these courageous women through the process and into the spotlight.  The stage show itself will have a more intimate connection to its cast and cameras back stage will capture the jitters and butterflies as the women step out onto the stage.  This new approach will reflect the energy and vitality of the brave women who bare their stories to a worldwide audience.

WSA Founder Karen Shayne and Emmy-winning television veteran, Marcia Mulé will be executive producing along with Artifact Creative’s Philip Bradley directing.  This newly created team is collaborating now to take My 2nd Act to a new level starting with the Raleigh, North Carolina show in August 2016 and concluding its 11 city 2016/17 season with the WSA’s SURVIVORville on June 23, 2017 in Nashville.

My 2nd Act: Survivor Stories from the Stage was founded by WSA’s beloved board member, Joanna Montgomery, as a production to teach and inspire those facing cancer and, in turn, honor their 2nd Acts.

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Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES® serves as project director for the Women Survivors Alliance and New Focus Daily magazine. Cindy is masters-level certified in health education by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice. She is proud to be a CHES® and has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Cindy has been involved in multiple cancer activities and projects since 2000, including serving as the state coalition coordinator for Tennessee for 13 years, and currently is involved with several cancer organizations. She has served since October 2015 as interim director for the Center for Health and Human Services at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just outside of Nashville, where she has been a project director of multiple grants since 2002. She has been touched by cancer personally after seeing both family and friends alike suffer from the disease.

Cindy offers her consulting services and volunteer hours under the umbrella of Community Health Collaboratives, LLC which she founded in 2002 for organizations such as the Women Survivors Alliance and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to partner with New Focus Daily and WSA.

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Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES® serves as project director for the Women Survivors Alliance and New Focus Daily magazine. Cindy is masters-level certified in health education by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice. She is proud to be a CHES® and has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Cindy has been involved in multiple cancer activities and projects since 2000, including serving as the state coalition coordinator for Tennessee for 13 years, and currently is involved with several cancer organizations. She has served since October 2015 as interim director for the Center for Health and Human Services at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just outside of Nashville, where she has been a project director of multiple grants since 2002. She has been touched by cancer personally after seeing both family and friends alike suffer from the disease. Cindy offers her consulting services and volunteer hours under the umbrella of Community Health Collaboratives, LLC which she founded in 2002 for organizations such as the Women Survivors Alliance and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to partner with New Focus Daily and WSA.

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