Our HerstoryGBH started in 2008 with only 12 participants and $300 in the bank. Today, we are a thriving Brooklyn-based non-profit.
Instead of writing and directing a “girl power” show at the EstroGenius Theater Festival in NYC as commissioned, Founding Artistic Director Ashley Marinaccio invited the cast of twelve young women from diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds to tell their own stories. The result was transformative.
One year later, Ashley invited Jessica Greer Morris to get involved with the GirlPower ensemble. Inspired by Ashley, co-director Elizabeth Koke, and the growing theater ensemble of young women aged 12-21, Jessica soon gave up all of her theater commitments to fully support the work of this new theater collective, Project Girl Performance Collective.
At the time, bake sales were the revenue stream, street theater was the norm. It was a struggle to cover the cost of workshops/rehearsal space and fees to enter festivals such as The New York International Fringe Festival. Yet the theater performances dramatically and positively impacted the performers by increasing self-esteem, healthier relationships, and decreasing self-harm, bullying, and depression.