What is Girl Be Heard?
We are a feminist theatre organization that provides free, weekly girl empowerment workshops throughout the school year. Girl Be Heard aims to develop healthy, confident, and self-aware young women as activist-artists who are engaged in their schools and communities.
Who is it for?
Young women, girls, and gender trans/gender-nonconforming youth (ages 12 to 21), especially those interested in strengthening their skills as artists/activists through performance, writing, and self-expression.
Weekend Workshops are a great option for those who want to be apart of Girl Be Heard but do not have access at their school or are out of school already.
No experience needed!
Girl Be Heard provides:
• A safe space where participants can connect with one another, creatively address issues they care about, and learn how to artistically express their opinions
• Support in strengthening participants’ personal voice through ensemble-based theatre, storytelling, spoken word, and writing
• Development of critical thinking skills, social justice perspectives, sense of co-responsibility, individual creative identity, and artistry
• Opportunities for participants to connect with a broader community of positive, powerful young women through Girl Be Heard activities beyond the workshop, as well as travel and paid performance opportunities upon completion of program
• Healthy snacks!
What’s the difference between Weekend Workshops and the After-school programs?
Auditions for Manhattan and Bronx weekend workshops are open to those between the ages of 12-21. School programs are based on you being enrolled at a specific school that has Girl Be Heard after-school programs. Weekend Workshops are available to anyone who qualifies as long as they are able to attend in the area the workshop is held regardless of where they live.
Weekend Workshops are also based on auditions that require:
One original piece—memorized and written by you. It should be in your own voice and about a social justice issue important to you.
Auditions are currently closed and will begin again in fall of 2019.
Check our audition page for more information.
when does it take place?
Weekend sessions will be held starting in September and ending in May. Participants also take part in two city-wide performances throughout the year— Unplugged (December) and Staging the Revolution (May)—and other field trip/community engagement opportunities in the spring.
Examples of social justice issues:
Black Lives Matter
Meet our Teaching Artists
Director of Education & Human Potential/Teaching Artist
Lead Teaching Artist