All performances will be followed by a 15-minute talkbacks, featuring health professionals, women’s right activists and the creative team. Confirmed participants include Heather Ferguson, LCSW, a NYC-based therapist, educator and writer specializing in eating disorder treatment, trauma and grief, on February 13th.
Ashley Marinaccio (director) is the co-founder and artistic director of GIRL BE HEARD and an award-winning writer, performer, and photographer dedicated to documenting the socio-political issues that define our times. Her interests include utilizing theatre for peace building, healing and empowerment in conflict zones and in marginalized communities both at home and abroad. Her theatrical work has been seen off-Broadway, at TED conferences, The White House, and the United Nations, to international acclaim. She is member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and Old Vic/New Voices. Ashley was awarded the Lucille Lortel Women’s Visionary Award for her work with GIRL BE HEARD.
Jessica Greer Morris (producer) is the executive director of GIRL BE HEARD, a social justice activist, grassroots organizer, published playwright, performer, cabaret singer, and public health expert. She has been featured as one of Newsweek’s 2012 “150 Fearless Women Who Shake Up The World” and awarded the 2013 SELF Magazine’s “Women Doing Good Award,” among other accolades for her innovative leadership at GIRL BE HEARD. She has produced theatrical work for the United Nations, TED Women, the White House, NYC Fringe Festival, the Estrogenius Festival and spearheaded numerous GIRL BE HEARD State-Department public diplomacy tours to raise awareness about human rights issues affecting women and girls.
Embodi(ED) is written by GIRL BE HEARD members Dinae Anderson-Ruano, Maria Diez, Jordan Fleming, Allison Flom, Jaida Foreman, Me’Khai Lewis, Veronica Lowry, Katie Looney, Ashleigh Chrisena Ricci, Megan Sideropoulos, Madeline Shaffer, Nina Tandilashvili, and Annalise Wedemeyer, who will also perform the work. Choreography is by Ian Stewart, with contributions from Madeline Shaffer, Megan Sideropoulos and Ashleigh Crisena Ricci. Set was designed by Rebecca Kleinman; lighting by Mitchell Ost; media and projections by Quentin Madia; costumes and art by Ileany Fields. Assistant direction by Tiff Roma; dramaturgy by Jen Thatcher; Stage management by Cristin Gordon.
Embodi(ED): HERE (145 Sixth Avenue, enter on Dominick, 1 block south of Spring Street) opens Thursday, February 11th. Embodi(ed) will have a limited run through Sunday, February 21st. Tickets are $20; $10 for students and seniors; and $40 for Fairy Godmother Tickets, which includes a donation to GIRL BE HEARD. All tickets can be purchased online at here.org or by phone at 212-352-3101.The playing schedule for EMBODI(ED) is as follows: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Feb 11-13 and 18-20 at 7pm; Sundays Feb 14 and 21 at 2 pm.