We perform devised curated shows for schools, government and non-governmental organizations, businesses and special events.
Girl Be Heard develops, amplifies and celebrates the voices of young women and gender non-conforming youth through socially conscious theatre-making.
GBH participants serve as the ambassadors and advocates for our work after they graduate. Through becoming Active Performers they are able to participate in paid performances in the community and continue their development as artists and activists, and spreading the messages of social justice everywhere they go.
Economic Justice: Paying Artists and Activists Fairly for Their Work
Women, people of color, writers, performers are systematically exploited, underpaid and overworked. Not at Girl Be Heard. After a year in our program, performers can become Active Performers and get paid to perform their original work (developed during the year-long, free program provided to youth (12-21) under the wing of experience Teaching Artists.
Girl Be Heard (GBH) raises awareness about the epidemic of injustices plaguing girls -- such as racism, sexism, poverty, hunger, homelessness, segregation, gentrification, sex trafficking and all forms of gender-based violence, to name a few. These universal injustices are felt in every corner of the globe. We dispel the myth that our country is “better” than any other when it comes to how we treat women and girls.
Systemic misogyny tries to subjugate us but it is also the cement that binds us. The safe spaces and sisterhood that our programs give birth to allow GBH participants to rise above adversity like a Phoenix from the ashes. GBH’s powerful community of youth leaders and changemakers are born in every classroom we work in and give life to a broader global movement that addresses these injustices via socially conscious theatre-making.
Since we officially became a 501(c)(3) non profit in 2011, we have grown, evolved, and expanded our feminist lens to ensure it is intersectional. Deepening and broadening our understanding of the intersections of race, class, and gender, each and every day, is a commitment we all must make to keep our hand on the pulse of what GBH program participants need. If we can keep pace, and evolve alongside our ever-changing youth, and the ever-changing society they live in, then and only then can GBH successfully and strategically be of maximum love and service to those we serve.
Girls who are able to fight rather than accept the dangers in their own lives learn empathy for girls in similar or worse situations. The global education of Girl Be Heard helps girls understand the lower status of women around the world is responsible for the violent and impoverished lives of so many girls and women around the world.