|Girlstories Leadership Theatre|
Girlstories is an important part of Powerstories Theatre, founded in 1998 by Executive Director, Fran Powers. Director Janice Nepon-Sixt leads this innovative program. Girlstories Leadership Theatre is a comprehensive theatre arts program for middle school girls living in Hillsborough County who will be in the 6th,7th, and 8th grades next year. In 2010 GLT was awarded the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House and in 2011 GLT was honored by international singing star, Josh Groban in front of 12000 fans. Our workshops use creative discovery techniques, dramatics, storytelling, writing and art activities to help these girls communicate more effectively, and to tell their own stories with confidence.
Girlstories Leadership Theatre - Dreamed of for years, this program officially started in November, 2007. Middle school girls from diverse backgrounds attend a six-week summer drama intensive to prepare them to perform for the general public and elementary school groups during the year. In addition to an in depth theatre curriculum, the project serves as the impetus to talk about important issues and to educate girls about achieving their goals and dreams. While working on individual self-esteem, the girls also work on team building activities to form a cohesive, effective group. At the end of the summer a one-hour play with four sections is created by staff and students. Janice Creneti is the director, and she is joined by a talented staff of specialists. Curriculum has been developed to be used in conjunction with the performances at schools.