Cynthia to Facilitate Act Like a Big Grrrl Fall 2018

Act Like a Big GRRRL

Opening Retreat: Saturday, September 29, noon-8 p.m.

Writing/Sharing Meetings: Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m. (see specific schedule below)

Facilitator: Cynthia Harris, MPH

Fee: $450

We hear it all the time: “I wish that I could have experienced something like Act Like a GRRRL when I was a teenager.” Believing it’s never too late to begin the process of self-discovery and transformation, we created Act Like a Big GRRRL.

Act Like a BIG GRRRL is a writing and performance program modeled after Act Like a GRRRL. It is for female-identifying participants 18 and older. The group gathers twice a month to share writing, gain feedback and step boldly into a new version of themselves. The work culminates in a public performance at the Actors Bridge Studio at Darkhorse Chapel.

You don’t have to have any acting or writing experience — just a desire for self-discovery and a willingness to “go deep within,” supported by this community. The only requirements are a commitment to the entire writing and performance process and a willingness to reach, stretch, grow.


The Fall 2018 Session will be facilitated by Cynthia Harris, MPH. Ms. Harris is a writer/performance artist, health educator, conjure woman and proud Southerner. Ms. Harris has been committed to the empowerment of women through art, education, research, and outreach over the past 15 years. Her original works: Phrases of Womanhood, Why Won’t She Leave?, and How to Catch a Flying Woman, explore issues of gender, identity, body image, personhood, spirituality, community and African heritage.

The Big GRRRL program is guided by Vali Forrister. This model is based on Vali’s graduate work in the performance of personal narratives for personal and social change. Vali has created a very successful 3 step process using intimate life texts for personal transformation. Read Vali’s bio.


Cynthia provides writing prompts that encourage personal interpretation. We meet twice a month to share our writing aloud and get feedback and insights from others in the circle.

In late November, we’ll select our favorite writing pieces to be edited into a script for a group performance. We will perform in April at the Actors Bridge Studio at Darkhorse Chapel.


Our next circle starts with a day-long retreat on Saturday, September 29, 2018, and continues with Tuesday evening meetings to follow. The full schedule is below.


Day-long Opening Retreat

Saturday, September 29th, noon to 8 p.m.

Actors Bridge Woodbine Studio and Vali Forrister’s Home

We will set our personal intentions for the process and work with some guest artists to learn new approaches to accessing our own creative spark. Then, we’ll transition to Vali’s home to share fire and food and drink.

Weekly Meetings – Sharing Writing – 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Actors Bridge Woodbine Studio

Every Other Tuesday:

Oct 2, 9, 23

Nov 6, 13, 27


Dec 1, 2

Performances at Actors Bridge Studio at Darkhorse Chapel

Saturday, December 8 at 7 p.m.

Sunday, December 9 at 3 p.m.

All told, it is:

  • 8-hour opening retreat
  • 6 3-hour writing sharing meetings
  • 2 rehearsals
  • 2 performances

30+ hours together

Act Like a GRRRL and Act Like a Big GRRRL are programs created by Vali Forrister and licensed for use by Actors Bridge Ensemble.

Actors Bridge Refund Policy: There are no cash refunds. Any student who withdraws after paying will be issued a transferable credit good for use on any class for up to one year.

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