How we do it...
Girl Be Heard uses theater to lead young girls to find their strength and realize their potential by helping them express their anger, fears, hopes, and dreams so that they can channel those emotions into maturity and empowerment.
These stories are developed into ensemble performances to raise awareness about domestic and global issues affecting women and girls.
Our critically acclaimed performances have been seen at the White House, United Nations, Off-Broadway and on national tours throughout the country.
Girl Be Heard shows, workshops and education curriculum are also brought to public schools, universities, community centers and conferences to raise awareness about human rights issues affecting women and girls.
Girl Be Heard’s educational program is designed for middle and high school students and taught by our Girl Be Heard Teaching Artists who have received special training in Girl Be Heard pedagogy. The curriculum encourages young people to explore gender, race and class issues through theatre and performance.
Our curriculum develops writing, speaking, critical thinking and analytic skills as participants are encouraged to think about issues close to them and place them in a broader context. This approach makes learning more accessible and leads to better self-esteem and stronger performance in school.
This is a fee-based residency program in middle and high schools offered over 30-week sessions as an in-school course or after school program. For details, see Girl Be Heard Curriculum
GBH company members can audition for paid opportunities to develop and perform original shows, including an annual Mainstage show, based on the social justice issues they care about.
Girl Be Heard is uniquely positioned to engage at-risk youth and open up dialogue about social justice issues affecting their communities—from gun violence to sex trafficking. We run both after school and weekend education programs in underserved areas of New York City, where all of our girls’ theatrical work is generated. Building self-esteem, growing individual talents (step dancing, singing, rapping, and acting), and empowering girls to become leaders in and advocates for their communities is Girl Be Heard’s unique model and why Girl Be Heard has been so successful.