Art Talk with Janice Nepon-Sixt of Girlstories Theatre
We had an opportunity to e-chat with Janice Nepon-Sixt, director of Girl Programs for Powerstories Theatre, the parent organization of Girlstories.
: How do you find the girls to participate in a workshop?
What do you look for?
: We hold auditions, and put out fliers, ads, emails, etc. to inform as many middle school girls as possible about this opportunity.
We do not require theater experience.
What we are looking for is a very diverse group of girls who are strongly committed to being part of a team.
: What kinds of exercises or techniques do you use to engage the girls during a workshop?
: As an example, a workshop that our girls gave was entitled, "I am my own super hero!
: In the Girlstories workshops, some of the girls are completely engaged from the beginning and some are unsure or even extremely shy.
I can remember one girl, the daughter of a migrant farm worker, who could barely speak her
name above a whisper when she
By the end, she
would confidently tell her
story with energy and smiles to an audience!
: What kind of changes do you see in the girls that participate in the program?
NEPON-SIXT: Our latest survey by BMR Consulting, a performance evaluation firm, showed that 97% of the girls increased their skills in communication, performance and BELIEVING their dreams can come true.
: We know that girls between the ages of 10 and 13 are at such a critical crossroads in their lives and this program increases their communication, confidence, and self esteem during this time.
813-265-2545 or email@example.com,or e-mail Powerstories firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets also available at door.
Mauri Barnes, Linda Blume, Pegotty Cooper, Janice Creneti, Georgette DeSalvo, Cheryl Flowers, Susan Langston, Janice Nepon-Sixt
, Fran Powers, Christine Terranova, Herma White, and Sheri Whittington.
Musical Direction by Janice Nepon-Sixt