Our mission

Girl Be Heard (GBH) develops, amplifies, and celebrates the voices of young women, transgender  youth and gender non-conforming youth through socially conscious theatre-making.

 
 
 

“It’s turned my voice from a whisper to a roar”

-Halle GBH Artist/Activist
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Creating a world for girls, young women, transgender youth and gender non-conforming youth to find their strength, realize their potential, rise above the worlds circumstances, and most of all society’s expectations of them. 

Using theater as a vehicle, our youth become brave, socially conscious leaders and confidently explore their own challenges.

Incorporated in 2011, GBH directly serves over 200 new participants a year through year-long after-school programs and community-based weekend workshops. Thousands more are reached through community performances, digital activism, and workshops in schools and public venues across NYC. 

 

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Learn about our 4 program areas!

 
 
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GBH promotes racial, gender, and economic empowerment.

We use a  unique social justice education and mentoring program that tackles the obstacles they face and provides strategies to overcome them.

Building self-esteem and growing individual talents is how we empower young people to become leaders and activists in their communities.

 
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GIRL POWER WORKSHOPS

GBH expands its theatre company each year through community-based programming in Manhattan and the Bronx. These groups meets weekly during the school year to develop as ensemble members and emerging artists.

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GIRL BE HEARD TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

Birthed in partnership with the U.S. State Department (through the Embassy in Port of Spain) and 2 Cents Movement, Girl Be Heard Trinidad and Tobago empowers teenage girls through theatre-making, spoken word, and song.

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After-school programs

GBH offers its Girl Power curriculum in after-school programs at Title 1 middle and high schools in NYC. 

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PERFORMANCES

Girl Be Heard uses theater to lead young girls to find their strength and realize their potential by helping them express their anger, fears, hopes, and dreams so that they can channel those emotions into maturity and empowerment. 

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Our programs share the GBH method and curriculum of mentoring and listening to the participants’ 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.
 
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We USE theatre, writing, and storytelling to engage our youth.

 

Our listening model provides a fearless space for girls to speak honestly, develop community, express themselves, think critically, hone artistic and leadership skills, and become activists for issues they care about. 

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Our Philosophy

If a girl can change her own life, she can change the lives of girls everywhere. We envision a world in which every girl is valued and encouraged to be a leader and change maker. 

 

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Our Movement

We're more than just our programs!

Our youth have various opportunities after they graduate from our programs. They serve as the ambassadors and advocates for our work. Through becoming active performers they are able to participate in paid performances, audition for our annual Mainstage Show and continue their development as artists and activists, promoting themselves as performers and spreading the messages of social justice everywhere they go.

 
 
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girl be heard is needed

Being a girl is risky business...

There is a lack of services providing girls and trans/gender non-conforming youth with the specific support they need to flourish creatively, socially, and professionally.

These statistics demonstrate that on top of the obstacles youth already face (including teen pregnancy, sexual violence, bullying, and negative body image), our youth also navigate the complex intersection of race, class, and gender inequality—all during their most formative years. 

A FEAR OF SPEAKING OUT FEEDS THE CYCLE OF MORE VIOLENCE AGAINST GIRLS.


 

7 out of 10

girls have or will experience physical or sexual violence in their lives

 

 

75%

Nearly 75% of NYC’s 800,000 girls are of color

 

 
 

200+

GBH directly serves over 200 participants in NYC each year



 
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Get Involved!

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There are lots of ways to join the Girl Be Heard community...

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Volunteer opportunities

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Make a Donation

Support Girl Be Heard by raising funds for our programs. Help us keep all of our free programs free!

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How we do it...

Girl Be Heard uses theater to lead young girls to find their strength and realize their potential by helping them express their anger, fears, hopes, and dreams so that they can channel those emotions into maturity and empowerment. 

These stories are developed into ensemble performances to raise awareness about domestic and global issues affecting women and girls. 

Our critically acclaimed performances have been seen at the White House, United Nations, Off-Broadway and on national tours throughout the country.

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Teaching Artist and students at Hudde Middle School

Girl Be Heard shows, workshops and education curriculum are also brought to public schools, universities, community centers and conferences to raise awareness about human rights issues affecting women and girls. 

Girl Be Heard’s educational program is designed for middle and high school students and taught by our Girl Be Heard Teaching Artists who have received special training in Girl Be Heard pedagogy. The curriculum encourages young people to explore gender, race and class issues through theatre and performance.

Our curriculum develops writing, speaking, critical thinking and analytic skills as participants are encouraged to think about issues close to them and place them in a broader context. This approach makes learning more accessible and leads to better self-esteem and stronger performance in school.

This is a fee-based residency program in middle and high schools offered over 30-week sessions as an in-school course or after school program. For details, see Girl Be Heard Curriculum

Allie Marrota - Somerville | Excerpt from Girl Be Heard's Indivisible (2018)

Shenny de Los Angeles - When I think of change | Excerpt from Girl Be Heard's Indivisible (2018)

 Cast photo from Indivisible Girl Be Heard's Mainstage Show 2018

Cast photo from Indivisible Girl Be Heard's Mainstage Show 2018

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.

Girl Be Heard is uniquely positioned to engage at-risk youth and open up dialogue about social justice issues affecting their communities—from gun violence to sex trafficking. We run both after school and weekend education programs in underserved areas of New York City, where all of our girls’ theatrical work is generated. Building self-esteem, growing individual talents (step dancing, singing, rapping, and acting), and empowering girls to become leaders in and advocates for their communities is Girl Be Heard’s unique model and why Girl Be Heard has been so successful. 

 

OUR award-winning shows:


 
 
 

Highlights from our incredible 2018 Mainstage Show!

Show highlights from our 2018 Mainstage show Indivisible!

Learn more about our digital activism, 10 Monologues.

Girl Be Heard company member Laura, performs her original piece.

Meet The Badass, All-Girl
Theater Troupe That’s
Lin-Manuel Miranda-Approved
These girls are NOT throwing away their shot.
— Huffington Post

Bring Girl Be Heard To Your Community


Girl Be Heard Teaching Artists and Staff are available to come to your school, office, or community-based program to present a customized workshop (or series of workshops) based on the needs of your program. Our workshops can include any of the following:

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  • Community building exercises
  • A broad introduction to women’s issues
  • More in depth study of any number of issues affecting women and girls, such as: Identity (race, class, sexual orientation, ability), Body Image, Suicide, Teen Pregnancy, Substance Abuse, Gun Violence, Sex Trafficking, Forced Child Marriage, Violence Against Women and Girls, Civil and Human Rights
  • Engaging writing and theatre exercises that encourage participants to reflect critically on their own experiences and information gathered from outside sources (news, media, pop culture, etc.)

 

Interested in scheduling a workshop, series of workshops, or bringing our full curriculum to your program for a longer residency? 

 
 

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Girl Be Heard
20 Jay Street, #210B
Brooklyn, NY11201

(718) 222-4475
girlbeheard@girlbeheard.org


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Check out our events calendar for upcoming shows and events!

 

 
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