GBH Co-Founders


Ashley Marinaccio
Co-Founder/Founding Artistic Director, 2008—2016

Since departing Girl Be Heard, Ashley is working on her Ph.D. in Theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research interests include exploring theatre practices in war zones, applications of theatre in social justice movements, politics and performance in times of crisis, community-based theatre, intersections between anthropology and theatre, and documentary theatre.

Ashley has received numerous theatre accolades, including the League of Professional Theatre Women’s Lucille Lortel Women’s Visionary Award. As a director and playwright, her work has been seen off-Broadway, at the White House, United Nations, TED conferences across the United States, Europe and Asia. Ashley is a co-founder/director of Co-Op Theatre East ( and member of the Civilians Field Research Team. She is on faculty at Pace University.

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Jessica Greer Morris
Co-Founder/Founding Executive Director, 2009—Present

Jessica brings a public health and strategic management background to her work at Girl Be Heard. She has formerly worked as a Global Consultant and Director of Community Relations at the NYC Department of Health. Jess was also a principal at Man Up Campaign and engaged 100 young activists from 25 countries to launch a global, youth-led campaign to stop violence against women in South Africa during the 2010 World Cup.

Jessica has been listed in Newsweek as one of 150 Fearless Women who “shake up the world” for her innovative leadership at Girl Be Heard and was just awarded SELF Magazine’s Women Doing Good Award. Jessica also wrote and starred in a New York Times-acclaimed one-woman show, Searching for a Mensch. She has produced theatrical work for the The White House, United Nations Commission on the Status of Women conference, TED Women, the NYC Fringe Festival, and the Estrogenius Festival.

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