After-School Programs at GBH
GBH also runs FREE weekend theatre education programs. Learn more about Weekend Workshops.
What is Girl Be Heard?
We are a feminist theatre organization that provides free, weekly girl empowerment workshops throughout the school year. Girl Be Heard aims to develop healthy, confident, and self-aware young women as activist-artists who are engaged in their schools and communities.
Who is it for?
Young women, girls, and gender trans/gender-nonconforming youth (ages 12 to 21), especially those interested in strengthening their skills as artists/activists through performance, writing, and self-expression. No experience needed!
Girl Be Heard provides:
• A safe space within the school facility where participants can connect with one another, creatively address issues they care about, and learn how to artistically express their opinions
• Support in strengthening participants’ personal voice through ensemble-based theatre, storytelling, spoken word, and writing
• Development of critical thinking skills, social justice perspectives, sense of co-responsibility, individual creative identity, and artistry
• Opportunities for participants to connect with a broader community of positive, powerful young women through Girl Be Heard activities beyond the classroom, as well as travel and paid performance opportunities upon completion of program
• Healthy snacks!
when does it take place?
Weekly sessions will be held starting in September and ending in May. Participants also take part in two city-wide performances throughout the year— Unplugged (December) and Staging the Revolution (May)—and other field trip/community engagement opportunities in the spring.
Check out more of what we do at Girl Be Heard!
Girl Be Heard’s not at your school? No Problem!
GBH expands its theatre company each year through community-based programming in Manhattan and the Bronx. This ensemble meets weekly for a year to develop as artist/activists, ending the year with a collaborative performance.
Examples of social justice issues:
Black Lives Matter
GBH promotes racial, gender, and economic empowerment... by providing you the New York City’s youth with a unique social justice education and mentoring program that tackles the obstacles youth face and provides young people with strategies to overcome them.