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Betsy Perez

Betsy

Member since: 2011
“Girl Be Heard has given me new life by giving me the space to breathe, yell, sing, write, dance, laugh, and be a girl. I’m a girl who is now being heard.”

I was born in the Dominican Republic but raised in the Boogie Down Bronx. As a little girl, writing and acting was an outlet, especially since home was everything but safe. I was facing abuse and personal demons from a young age, and the stage was my escape. Family was an intangible concept. In high school, I joined a leadership program, LYIA, that used theater and writing to educate our community of color about AIDS.  Doing this opened my eyes to the incredible potential of theater as a tool for change and a form of telling important personal stories for healing.  At 21, I stumbled across Girl Be Heard. I auditioned and received a call that very evening which has since changed my whole world. Girl Be Heard has given me the opportunity to meet and work with extraordinary writers and women along with giving me the chance to tell the world my story. I now have a sense of family where I feel supported and, most of all, loved. This organization has given me new life by giving me the space to breathe, yell, sing, write, dance, laugh, and be a girl. I’m a girl who is now being heard.