GIRLS 4 GIRLS NYC creates performing arts workshops where participants devise original theatre pieces with the guidance and mentorship of professional dance, musical, and visual artists. We support girls and young women to build self-worth, feel empowered and critically examine their world.
GIRLS 4 GIRLS NYC teaching artists, in New York City and abroad, facilitate theatre workshops which culminate in performance. Our workshops focus on young women between ages 9 and 22 facing social and economic barriers. Using the arts to explore issues affecting girls and women, our participants gain a deeper understanding of self and how they can contribute to their community and the world.
GIRLS 4 GIRLS NYC was founded by Executive Directors Amanda McDowall and Jacqueline Raymond. Amanda and Jacqueline met during their BFA Theatre Performance program at the University at Buffalo in 2008. After founding a production company together in 2013, Amanda and Jacqueline decided to combine their shared experience of being working actors and teaching artists in New York City to create the GIRLS 4 GIRLS curriculum. GIRLS 4 GIRLS was generated from their shared passion and drive to empower and educate girls and young women so they may be in control of their own voices, bodies, and life choices.