‘If we don’t tell our own stories, no one else will.’
– Mira Nair (director of The Namesake and Monsoon Wedding)
Young Women’s Project (YWP) is an empowerment project in which young women* (ages 9-12) are given the opportunity to explore the art of storytelling through movement and writing. Members explore the question: “What is my story, and how do I want to tell it?”
Over 10 weeks, YWP members will explore their personal stories through various art mediums— journal writing, poetry, theater exercises, dance choreography, monologue, mixed media projects, and more. Students will learn how to develop their individual voices, while working in a collaborative environment. Each student will discover the impact that storytelling can have on the world and understand why it’s important to tell her own. Connections will be made between personal views and broader social and cultural conversations, emboldening authentic voice and building confident agents. At the end of the workshop, YWP members will leave with their own portfolio of performance and documented work.
The project is led by Stephanie Miller, a theater artist. YWP is a 10-week workshop that runs March 5 to May 21, 2016, culminating in an informal share for families.
*Young Women’s Project welcomes participants who are trans, gender non-conforming, and questioning.
BAX is committed to offering financial assistance for all of our education programs. No student is turned away based on the inability to pay. Please read more about our scholarship program HERE.