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GIRL BE HEARD WELCOMES JOY SUNDAY FROM NETFLIX’S SMASH HIT WEDNESDAY TO THEIR ANNUAL MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION, MAY 23-24
Original Devised Play Gives Young Women of Color and Gender-Expansive Youth a Platform for Dialogue and Social Change
FREE Tickets Now Offered with Code at Checkout
NEW YORK, May 17, 2023 –Girl Be Heard, a Brooklyn based organization that amplifies and celebrates the voices of girls and young women of color through socially conscious theatre-making, storytelling and performance, is pleased to welcome WEDNESDAY actress Joy Sunday for a post-performance talk back following opening night of their 2023 Mainstage Performance, Organize!: Take it to the Streets, May 23 at Symphony Spaces’ Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater. Topics will include the importance of arts for the next generation, the role of the arts to make change in the community, and interesting insights into the trajectory and successes of Joy’s career. 26, born in Staten Island, and a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School and USC, Sunday is most known for her breakout role in Tim Burton’s Netflix series, Wednesday, and her appearances in Dear White People, Bad Hair, and Shithouse.
Preceding the talk back, the Girl Be Heard’s Artistic Company of nine professional young “artivists”, ages 17-24, offer original music and personal narratives of racial justice, gender equity, environment justice and global solidarity, and other issues facing our communities today. Mobilizing a social movement to make change is the central theme to their mainstage evening length production Organize!: Take it to the Streets.
Directed and choreographed by Dr. Angela Fatou Gittens, the work is connected to this year’s Girl Be Heard themes of activism and social action and is a reflection of the anchoring topics integral to Girl Be Heard and explored by the Company throughout the year. The Company will express the many phases and stages of what it takes to organize a movement, a social change, and even a revolution when masses of people become dissatisfied with their current conditions. Led by a cast of creative actors, poets, singers, and dancers, Organize!: Take it to the Streets highlights—in the name of social justice—not only what we see when organizers take to the streets; but the hard and strategic work that comes before calling on the general public to mobilize. By highlighting the personal interests of each cast member and connecting artistic practices to social issues, this production showcases the transformative power of artivism, and the importance of amplifying underrepresented voices.
“From justice in the streets of the U.S. South & Soweto to the streets of the Bronx to farmers’ fields in India to the parking lots of U.S. hospitals with poor Black maternal health services, GBH’s talented Company Members reflect on the emotional journeys of participants in movements past and present while helping audience members to develop an awareness of these historical moments,” notes Fatou-Gittens.
“In keeping with this year’s company theme “Organize!: Take it to the Streets”, we aspire to provide the audience with a deeper awareness of the historical moments in social and justice movements, fostering a greater understanding of the common threads, struggles, and structural patterns that unite movements across the globe,” adds Robin Jenkins, Interim Executive Director of Girl Be Heard. “This performance provides a unique glimpse into the behind-the-scenes preparation and emotional labor involved in a movement. The performers, who are girls and gender non-conforming youth from underrepresented communities in New York, offer their own experiences and insights to illuminate the lived realities of those who are so often silenced.”
PERFORMANCE and TICKET INFORMATION
Organize!: Take it to the Streets will be performed May 23 and 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets start at $10 and are available at https://girlbeheard.org/mainstage2023
A code for FREE tickets is now available, using GBHFriend at checkout.
The Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and accessible by the 1, B and C trains to 96th Street.
ABOUT GIRL BE HEARD
Girl Be Heard develops, amplifies, and celebrates the voices of young women through socially conscious theatre-making. Girl Be Heard (GBH) runs free after-school and weekend programs in NYC and Trinidad and Tobago and centers youth as experts in their own lives. Their education curriculum and methodology are designed to create safe, fun, nurturing spaces for self-expression, grow individual talents (writing, rapping, acting, dancing, singing) and provide opportunities for youth to “be heard” at open mics and ensemble shows throughout the year. As a creative collective, GBH uses performance and personal storytelling to catalyze change around systemic human rights issues youth face around the world, while bringing workshops and performances into detention centers, schools, refugee camps, domestic violence shelters, churches, community centers, theaters, and countless other venues. With economic empowerment is central to their work, GBH also works in partnership with the United Nations, the State Department, and local elected officials to engage and persuade decision-makers to advocate for, invest in, and create policies that protect, empower, and elevate the status of women, girls, and gender non-conforming youth. GBH has toured nine countries (Bermuda, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, Denmark, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad, United Kingdom, and the United States). Girl Be Heard’s special advisors and supporters include Lin Manuel Miranda, Danai Gurira, Alicia Keys, Gloria Steinem, Jackie Shapiro, among others.
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This program is made possible in part by funding from the New York State Council on the Arts & the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the National Endowment for the Arts and additional support by Anna Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, Axe-Houghton Foundation, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Black Seed Fund, Common Sense Fund, Consolidated Edison, Find Your Light Foundation, Grantmakers for Girls of Color, Miranda Family Fund, New York Community Trust, Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Pinkerton Foundation and the Tides Foundation.
ABOUT JOY SUNDAY
Joy Sunday is a multi-hyphenate actor of Nigerian descent, born and raised in New York City. As a child, she dreamed of being a pop star but discovered her love of acting in middle school. Enchanted by the gravity of theatre, she chose to study drama at world-renowned Fiorello H. LaGuardia High.
Joy later graduated from USC’s film school with an honors degree in Critical Studies alongside several filmmaking distinctions from artist initiatives, including the Tribeca Film Festival and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Her professional acting journey kicked off with a top-of-show guest star on CBS’ Macgyver, and film appearances in Justin Simien’s Bad Hair, Channing Tatum’s Dog, Cooper Raiff’s Sh*thouse, and Jim Cummings’ and PJ McCabe’s Beta Test. She also racked up guest appearances on Netflix’s Dear White People, Freeform’s Good Trouble, and CBS’s Carol’s Second Act. In 2021, Joy landed the role of Bianca Barclay opposite Jenna Ortega in Tim Burton’s debut television series, Wednesday. In 2022, Joy performed in a political three-hander play called ‘Intelligence’ as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She hit the ground running in 2023 when she became the face of the first digital cover for MiniV Magazine, a sister publication of V Magazine.
She loves her family, Twizzlers, and wakes up every day wondering why she doesn’t have a dog.