GBH runs weekend and after-school theatre education programs in New York City. For young women, girls, and trans/gender nonconforming youth ages 12 to 21.
Building self-esteem and growing individual talents is how we empower young people to become leaders and activists in their communities.
Our programs share the GBH method and curriculum of mentoring and listening to the girls’ stories; helping them develop their writing and speaking skills to powerfully express and share their experiences, and leading discussions about the issues affecting women and girls around the world.
Through the performances, the company members not only develop their confidence and skills but they are able to teach audiences about the issues affecting girls and women and impact the world for social change.
While GBH is one-of-a-kind, our methodology for creating theatre is based on proven theatre exercises and techniques, including physical and writing exercises, and ensemble building, documentary theatre, and ethnographic techniques. Our curriculum is aligned with the NYC Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Theatre and is founded, in part, on the ideas of Paulo Freire and Augusto Boal’s pedagogy of the oppressed and principles of experiential learning. We use a learner-centered, socially responsible listening model that engages students as active participants in their own journey. GBH uses our Girl Power Curriculum in all of our program sites (after-school and community-based programs). The curriculum is the culmination of seven years of internal development, and remains a living document to this day.
GBH has 4 program areas
for Youth ages 12-21
GBH runs FREE weekend and after-school theatre education programs, where our youth’s theatrical work is generated.
GBH offers its Girl Power curriculum in after-school programs at Title 1 middle and high schools that serve free lunch across NYC.
GBH brings its workshops and performances to communities that need them most, in partnership with universities, community organizations, NGOs, public officials, and nonprofit groups.
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.
Sunday Girl Power Workshops:
GBH expands its theatre company each year through community-based programming in Manhattan and the Bronx. This cohort meets weekly for a year to develop as ensemble members and emerging artists.
Bring Girl Be Heard to your community
Our After-School Program creates a safe, supportive environment for youth to talk about issues they care about and learn how to work together as an ensemble. Our curriculum fosters healthy, confident, self-aware young women who are engaged in their schools and communities. In the program, Girl Be Heard members actively observe society and their role in it, reflecting critically, writing, and performing on social issues that affect the status of young women, girls and female identified youth around the world. Through these acts, they gain the confidence to become leaders in their communities. Ensembles meet weekly over the course of the school year, culminating with a performance at the end of the year.