Juliany “JT” Taveras

“You cannot use someone else’s fire. You can only use your own. And in order to do that, you must first be willing to believe that you have it.” —Audre Lorde

Change begins with finding our strength, our fire, in both ourselves and our communities. Girl Be Heard is one of those communities – a family, where every voice matters.

Where JT got their girl power: After two decades living in NYC, JT came into their own at Vassar College, where their passion for writing and theatre collided with a newfound understanding of social justice issues and their own politicized identity as a woman of color. As a Media Studies & English student, they wrote a senior thesis that explored playwriting and performance as tools for the articulation of the Othered body and decolonization of historical memory. From their inspiring family of island matriarchs and their favorite radical women writers to everyone they meet in between, JT’s wells of wisdom and girl power are abundant and are what fill their days with light and love.

How JT has been staging the revolution: Even before donning their current title at Girl Be Heard, JT felt strongly about the importance of communication in the journey towards building a more loving and equitable world. They has been writing for about as long as they could read, and since then have pretty much made it their life’s mission to use the power of storytelling to bring people together and write new, just worlds into existence. JT previously worked at the intersections of writing and advocacy as an editorial intern at PEN America, and their play, The Anatomy of Light, was featured on the 2016 Kilroys List of notable new plays by women and trans playwrights.

When JT isn’t staging the revolution they’re probably napping, reading, saying hi to dogs on the street, or watching Shark Tale.

Hear more from JT by emailing JT@girlbeheard.org.