A troupe of teen actresses telling their stories through writing and performance
Welcome to the Girls Surviving blog. We are creating this blog to reflect on the process we use in our work with teenage girls. We are two artists, Paula and Carolyn, who have been teaching writing, theater, and storytelling for many years. We are also mothers of daughters who had a hard time navigating their teens. We believe they would have benefited from a program that provided them with a safe place to talk about what it's like to be a teenage girl and to discover their unique artistic voices. Seven years ago, we began to form a troupe of teen girls who, we thought, could write and perform plays based on the experiences that inform their lives. Since then, we've watched the girls in the Girls Surviving troupe begin to take control of their lives with self-confidence and courage. We are writing to parents, teachers, counselors, and other artists who interact with girls in the hope that this blog will raise awareness of and open conversations about the lives of girls who are growing up in our complicated times.
“I have lived a very hectic life. I would consider myself as not a survivor but as a girl surviving.”
Friday, December 14, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012
*girls' names are pseudonyms
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
|Phyllis Hassard and Dr. Gallagher at NJ PAC|
with senior Girls Surviving troupe members
Monday, November 19, 2012
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Friday, November 2, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
We have observed that eventually they all do unite, though, around the goal of writing and performing a play.