• 1999

    Act One

    Catharsis Productions’ founders, Dr. Gail Stern and Christian Murphy meet at a one-act play competition.

  • 2000

    Two Shows Collide

    Combining their theater experience, advocacy, education and flair for comedy, Stern and Murphy create and produce “The Sensitive Swashbuckler & Other Dating Myths” at Chicago’s Stage Left Theater to rave reviews.

  • 2000


    Catharsis Productions is formed.

  • 2001

    Birth of Sex Signals

    “The Sensitive Swashbuckler …” is renamed “Sex Signals,” which has been seen by 1.2 million people to date on college campuses and military installations.

  • 2007

    ICASA Award

    Catharsis Productions wins the Moxie Award for creative efforts to combat sexual violence from the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

  • 2010

    RVA + Catharsis Productions

    Catharsis Productions receives the Visionary Award from Rape Victim Associates.

  • 2011

    Sex Signals in the Military

    Sex Signals is added to the U.S. Army’s Basic Training.

  • 2015

    Speaker of The Year

    Sex Signals is awarded “Speaker of the Year” from Campus Activities Magazine.

  • 2016

    Speaker of the Year (encore)

    Sex Signals is awarded for second year in a row “Speaker of the Year” from Campus Activities Magazine.

  • 2018

    EVAWI Recipient

    Dr. Gail Stern is awarded the EVAWI Media Excellence award for her decades of work changing the cultural dialogue around sexual violence, harassment and gender stereotypes.