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Deanna I.

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Member Since: 2009
“GBH has encouraged me to use art as a tool for social change. It’s a movement like nothing else I’ve ever experienced.”

I became a member of Girl Be Heard in 2009 after auditioning for GBH’s second show, “Girlpower: Survival of the Fittest” at the Estrogenius Festival. After writing some of my first pieces for this performance, I became more comfortable sharing my work with others. In the summer of 2010, I channeled my love for writing and singing by performing original songs with Girl Be Heard in the Fringe Festival. I continued to grow as a performer with GBH and became involved in productions that focused on global issues, using theater as a means of international, social change. In GBH’s first global show, “Voices Without Borders,” I discovered another skill I could use to reach audiences: choreography. Through original dance, song, and monologue, I explored topics such as violence against women, child marriage, and sex trafficking. I have had such amazing experiences on tour with GBH, from singing my original song “I’m a Girl” at the White House, to singing another original, “This is My Body,” for hundreds of global leaders at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London and the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva. I am so grateful to GBH for providing me with the platform to make connections with audiences from all over the world through the stories we share. I know that I will always have a supportive family to come home to.