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Actress and teacher Karen Ludwig wants women to raise their voices

Before #MeToo became a hashtag and before The Moth’s uber-trendy StorySLAM hit the literary scene, there was uber-honest Karen Ludwig’s storytelling group at Westbeth Community Room in New York’s West Village.

Ludwig, a veteran actress, director and drama teacher at The New School, says her group, Stories Around the Table, “brings women together.” She launched her group in the 1980s, believing that women’s stories needed telling, even when it wasn’t a popular credo

For example, early on, Ludwig and her contemporaries, actresses Dianne Weist, Linda Hunt, Dale Soules, Shami Chaikin and Dorothy Lyman, got together and wrote stories about how it felt to turn 40 in their industry.

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