About Us

Troupe: Survivor is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that serves survivors of domestic violence and sexual assualt in North Rutherford County, TN. Interpersonal violence is a social problem that demands a community response. Through education and outreach programs we are connecting with residents and local business to build a network of support for families fleeing abuse. We currently offer a range of services that assist our clients as they transition to independent living.

Our Philosophy

The founders of Troupe: Survivor believe that making time to play and have fun is as important as making time to eat and sleep. Research shows that playtime is crucial to our growth and development, our ability to discover our true selves, and to expand the world in which we live. Play provides a platform for personal growth and fullfillment and encourages creativity, giving birth to books, plays, movies, music, and wonder. By bringing together the essence of play and the performance in theatrical arts, Troupe: Survivor has set the stage for personal discovery, growth, and healing.


PLAY - a purposelessactivity, done for its own sake; fun and exciting and makes us feel good; it offers freedom from time and allows us to let go of self-consciousness; it opens the door to improvisation and frees us from rigid scripts. Play involves anticipation, surprise, pleasure, understanding, strength, and poise.

THEATRICAL ARTS - a branch of the performing arts; combines speech, gesture, music dance, sound and spectacle to act out stories before an audience; includes musicals, plays, opera, ballet, illusion, mime, stand-up comedy, and pantomime.

DRAMA - a composition used to portray life or a character or to tell a story; it usually has conflict and emotion expressed through acting and dialogue; designed for theatrical performance.


It is our mission to empower all survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to develop healthy relationships and build lives free from violence.
Troupe:Survivor offers comprehensive services to survivors and engages in community outreach to educate the public about interpersonal violence and build a network of support for families fleeing abusive relationships.

Cultural Competence Mission Statement

Troupe:Survivor is committed to achieving LGBTQ, racial, ethnic and cultural diversity among our employees, board members and volunteers. It is our mission to create an environment that promotes acceptance and embraces the individual differences of our clients and staff. It is through workplace diversity that we can present a culturally competent team that is aware and sensitive to the diverse values and needs of one another and our clientele.


  • Provide on-site court advocacy for all legal proceedings
  • Establish a Police Response Advocacy program
  • Build a community network of support for survivors and their families.
  • Promote wellness and healing by providing theraputic services, including drama therapy, yoga, meditation, and mindfulness
  • Provide transitional housing to survivors and their children fleeing abusive relationships.


Jennifer Larson-Hamilton


Norman Hanks



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how you can help

In addition to fundraising events Troupe: Survivor depends on donations from family, friends, and the community. If you would like to support Troupe: Survivor and its mission to help domestic violence survivors and their families there are several ways you can help:

Current opening: Treasurer

Support Us

Monetary donations can be made electronically via PayPal or by check/money order via U.S. mail

Gift cards: office supplies; arts & crafts/writing materials; food for fundraiser events. These items can be sent via U.S. mail to the address below

Troupe: Survivor
P.O. box 2094
Smyrna, TN 37167

Gently used/re-gift items: yard sale fundraisers are a great way to connect with and educate the community while supporting programs that empower survivors and their families. Please contact Jennifer.Hamilton@troupesurvivor.org for pick up


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