2018 Program Dates & Details - Nashville:
ALAG Nashville is a summer intensive running June 4-23, 2018.
Week One is a stay-away camp that begins on Friday and ends the next Friday, at Golden Wings Retreat Center in Bon Aqua, TN.
Week Two is daily rehearsals, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 20-23, at Belmont Black Box Theater.
Performances are June 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Belmont Black Box Theater.
Tuition for the full program is $1250. A few need-based scholarships are available. Mark your calendar for Friday, February 16, 2018 for The Vagina Monologues (a benefit for GRRRL scholarships) at City Winery.
Tickets to the final performance are $15.
for the 2018 Nashville, TN program here.
2018 Program Dates & Details - Washington D.C.:
Act Like a GRRRL NoVa!
ALAG-NoVa is on hiatus for Summer, 2018 while we research ways to be a more effective voice to empower women and girls in the Washington, D.C. area.
If you are a theater maker in the D.C. area and are interested in being involved as an ALAG facilitator, please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out about training opportunities.
Scholarship Fundraiser - The Vagina Monologues
Mark your calendar for Friday, February 16, 2018 for The Vagina Monologues (a benefit for GRRRL scholarships) at City Winery.
Announcing Act Like a Big GRRRL 2018!
Next Session of Act Like a Big GRRRL (open to women 21 and older) starts January 20 - March 25, 2018. Contact Vali to apply.
Act Like a GRRRL Goes Global!!!
On March 8, 2011, thirteen
of the grrrls of ALAG were featured performers at the
inaugural gala of
Día Internacional de las Mujeres (1911-2011
Centenario) organized by ACTUA MUJER and the Vice-ministerio
de Costa Rica in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Groups from Norway, Germany, Argentina,
Canada and other countries took part in this festival
to empower women and girls worldwide. Events were scheduled
from March 6-8, culminating with the Act
Like a GRRRL performance. Read more here!
Act Like a Big GRRRL at the Tennessee
Prison for Women through LIFE
In August 2009, Vali Forrister began a pilot
project with students in the Lipscomb Initiative for Education
(LIFE) at the Tennessee Prison for Women (TPW). Dr. Richard
Goode, director of Lipscomb's LIFE program, invited Vali to
adapt her popular Act Like a GRRRL
program for a diverse group of adult women comprised of 14
inmates, 2 students from the main Lipscomb campus and one
TPW corrections officer.
"I am overwhelmed by the power of the stories I've witnessed.
As these women write about the pain they've known, the lessons
they've learned and the hope they've got for the future, I
am humbled and awed," Vali said. "I'm also reminded
that there is nothing more powerful than finding your voice
and speaking your truth out loud in a supportive environment.
Act Like a GRRRL has provided that space
for teenage girls for more than five years. It's rewarding
to know that the program can be just as mind-blowing and transformational
with a circle of adult women from very diverse backgrounds."
Vali's collaboration with LIFE will culminate in a two-hour
performance at the Tennessee Prison for Women on December
5, 2009. If you would like to attend, please email email@example.com
for details prior to November 16. All audience members will
have to pass a background check and must pass through security
checkpoint at TPW to attend this event.
Act Like a GRRRL in the News:
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Act Like a GRRRL Blog:
If you'd like to see the
show schedule and buy tickets to the next performance of
Act Like a GRRRL, click here.
Who’s behind Act Like a GRRRL?
VaLi FoRRiSTeR . (founder)
Vali Forrister is a GRRRL who is the producing
artistic director for Actors Bridge Ensemble and the creator
of Act Like a GRRRL. Vali's
graduate training is in the performance of personal narratives
as a means of personal and social change. A professional actor,
director, producer and writer for the last 13 years, her work
has been recognized by the local press as being “a tour-de-force,”
and “seemingly effortless, ““consistently
excellent,” “major league” and “a
lesson on the acting craft without revealing that craft.”
Vali is often a featured speaker for organizations
that work to end violence against women because of her personal
journey from rape to wholeness. She is a recent recipient
of the Women Mentoring Women Award from Vanderbilt University
and finalist in the Avon Hello Tomorrow Fund for the advancement
and empowerment of women.
As a playwright, Vali has received high praise for her work.
ORDINARY HEROES (co-written with Jeff Obafemi Carr) received
a Tennessee Historic Commission 2008 Merit Award. Other writing
credits include FAITH/DOUBT (world premiered at Actors Bridge
in 2006) and an adaptation of TROJAN WOMEN (premiered at Actors
Bridge in 2004). Vali is currently working on a new play entitled
NOT FROM AROUND HERE about the experiences of immigrants and
refugees in Nashville (sponsored by a Metropolitan Nashville
Arts Commission grant).
HEaTHeR TaLLeY . (co-leader)
Heather Talley received a Ph.D. in sociology
with an emphasis in Women's and Gender Studies from Vanderbilt
University. Heather has won teaching awards including the
university wide graduate instructor award at Vanderbilt University.
As a teacher, she employs sociology to help her students articulate,
share and transform their life experiences, which is ultimately
what she also does as an Act Like a
GRRRL co-leader. Her writings on topics as wide ranging
as philanthropy, disability, and romance have been published
in a range of edited volumes and academic journals. She is
an editorial collective member of the journal Feminist Teacher.
Currently, she is writing a work of creative nonfiction and
preparing her dissertation for publication. Heather has served
as an ALAG co-leader since 2006.
ALAG is made possible by
the generous contributions of many individuals as well as
the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, the Community
Foundation of Middle Tennessee and the Predators Foundation.
To share a donation to help a teen grrrl, click here.