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The Vagina Monologues

Sunday Feb 12 2023 |  5:30 PM Doors / 7:00 PM Start
City Winery Nashville
609 Lafayette St, Nashville TN

The Obie Award-winning whirlwind tour of wildly divergent female-identifying voices, including a six-year-old girl, a septuagenarian New Yorker, a vagina workshop participant, a woman who witnesses the birth of her granddaughter, a Bosnian survivor of rape, and a feminist sex worker. This annual celebration is a fundraiser for the Actors Bridge Ensemble program, Act Like a GRRRL.


White Rabbit Red Rabbit
January 12-22, 2023
Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 pm. Sundays at 2:30 pm.
@ The Barbershop Theater, 4003 Indiana Ave.
Hosted by Verge Theater Company, The Barbershop Theater
Nassim Soleimanpour’s adventurous one-person tragicomedy explores the transcendental power of art, free will, and our civic roles within community. This production includes 8 performances with a rotating cast of Nashville artists. Each performance features a new performer, presented onstage with Nassim Soleimanpour’s script sealed in an envelope (previously unread) and their scene partner: You.


Actors Bridge Ensemble proudly presents this World Premiere production written and directed by Cynthia C. Harris

Friday – Saturday, August 5-6 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 7 at 5 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday, August 11-13 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 13 at 2:30 p.m.
Darkhorse Theater: 4610 Charlotte Ave

Script Reading of THE CALLING IS IN THE BODY by Cynthia C. Harris

Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 3 p.m.

Script Reading of THE CALLING IS IN THE BODY by Cynthia C. Harris, which will have its World Premiere with Actors Bridge in August.
Make a donation of any size to support the production of this beautiful new play and secure your seat for the reading on March 12th.

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School Girls; or the African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh

February 10-20, 2022
Tennessee Performing Arts Center
Andrew Johnson Theater
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243


Paulina, the longest reigning Queen Bee of Aburi High School, has it all. With a team of teenage sycophants and the latest styles from the glamorous American boutique “Wal-Mart,” she’s a shoe-in for the Miss Ghana 1986 pageant. The game changes when new girl Ericka moves to Ghana from exotic Ohio, USA, on the same day the pageant recruiter arrives. Who will be chosen to compete for the crown? Find out in Nashville Rep’s production of School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play


What’s My Role?
Community-based devised theater and Interactive performance centering BIPOC narratives through film, theater, music storytelling, and dance. Performers are exploring the question of “How do we bridge the gap between talking, dreaming and change” through 3 short, devised pieces that explore this question through the reality of our past, present and then through a celebration of our diversity.
Middle Tennessee State University
Department of Theater and Dance
Thursday, February 25th through Sunday February 28th.


Act Like a Big GRRRL
Autobiographical writing program and performance
Saturday, December 12, 2020
6pm via Zoom and Vimeo

conVERGEnce Conversation Series
Thursday, November 19, 2020
7pm Online
Verge Theater Company
 Radically Reimagining our Institutions and Structures: to address how to build “a more equitable, just and accessible theater community in Nashville by listening to local experts and taking action.”

The Calling is in the Body
New work in development through the Directors Inclusion Initiative of Actors Bridge Ensemble and the Mississippi Center for Cultural Production.

Applying Design Thinking to the Arts and Healing
New workshop in development by Dia Hodnett

Mississippi Center for Cultural Production
2020 Rural Performance/Production Lab (RPPL)
Cynthia Harris will be included in the first round of artists funded through the RPPL. Artists work and/or reside in Louisiana, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi.  The opportunity comes with a financial award, creative support, technical assistance, and a residency at the Sipp Culture Artist Residency House in Utica, MS.
More information available here:


The Flying Woman Workshop
Saturday, June 22, 2019
1 pm – 3 pm
Main Nashville Public Library’s Civil Rights Room
615 Church St

Facilitated by the playwrights: Cynthia C. Harris, OlaOmi Amoloku and Tasneem Grace Tewogbola.  The intimate workshop will be an opportunity to dig deeper into the text, create a sacred tapestry collaborative art-piece and to write about your own flight!
Space is limited to 25 participants.

How to Catch A Flying Woman
Saturday, May 25, 2019
3 pm – 5 pm, reception to follow
Nashville Public Library
615 Church St

Tickets are free, but reservation encouraged


Act Like a Big GRRRL – Fall 2018
facilitated by Cynthia Harris, MPH
Opening Retreat: Saturday, September 29, noon-8 p.m.
Writing/Sharing Meetings: Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Fee: $450 | Hold your Spot $100
Register Here
Weekly Meetings
– Sharing Writing – 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Actors Bridge Woodbine Studio Every Other Tuesday: Oct 2, 9, 23 and Nov 6, 13, 27
Performances at Actors Bridge Studio at Darkhorse Chapel
Rehearsals: Dec 1, 2
Shows: Saturday, December 8 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 9 at 3 p.m.

The State of the Black Woman-Nashville: Lunch and Learn
Thu, October 11, 2018

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM CDT
Lentz Health Department, 2500 Charlotte Avenue Nashville, TN 37209

In celebration of the International Day of the Girl, Part 3 will focus on the toxic stress experienced by Black girls and how it impacts their overall development. The events are interactive and expert panelists will be present. This Lunch & Learn series is open to the public. Lunch is provided! For more information or if you want to be involved with ACE Nashville Parent & Community Education, contact the Chair of PCE, Ingrid Cockhren, M.Ed. at

Friday, Aug 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug 5 at 6 p.m.
Belmont Black Box Theater

Lilith, but Dark: An Afternoon with Nichole Perkins
Hosted by Cynthia C Harris, MPH of Healing Waters Productions
Saturday, June 23, 1 p.m.
Actors Bridge Studio at Darkhorse Chapel
Donations to benefit Act Like a Grrrl

Friday, February 16, 2018 at City Winery

Actors Bridge Ensemble presents the V-Day Nashville 2018 benefit performance of the award-winning The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler, directed by Vali Forrister, on Friday, February 16th.
Doors open at 5 p.m. Show at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 – $40 and benefit Act Like a GRRRL scholarships.  For more information on Actors Bridge and Act Like a GRRRL visit


Sideshow Fringe Festival Presents: NINE EXITS is a multi media adventure featuring film, puppetry and story telling.   | Saturday, August 5, 2017
This zany miscellany isn’t a history of cats (though it starts in the Stone Age) nor is it about the impact of cats on important world events (though there is a bit with Abraham Lincoln) nor is it just an excuse to watch cats die in increasingly grim ways (although maybe a little bit also that,) NINE EXITS is an assortment of fun-size stories featuring different puppetry styles and performance mediums all investigating a single subject: Capital-D Death.

Written by: Nate Eppler, Cassie Hamilton, and Mallory Kimbrell
Featuring: Rachel Agee, Cynthia Harris, Bethany Champion, Luke Hatmaker, Kristin McCalley Landiss and film work by Josh b. Carter.

Act Like a GRRRL 2017
Actors Bridge Ensemble is pleased to present the WORLD premiere of Act Like a GRRRL 2017 — original stories, dances and songs from the cusp of adulthood performed by the authors themselves: a fierce band of GRRRLS committed to living their best lives and creating a better world.  Now in its 13th year, Act Like a GRRRL is a groundbreaking autobiographical performance piece written and enacted by local teenage grrrls.  Join the 2017 cast as they share wisdom and laughter that will call you to remember your best self and pledge to reclaim her (or him).
Thursday-Saturday, June 22, 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Vali Forrister

Actors Bridge Ensemble presents “The Vagina Monologues”
City Winery – Nashville (609 Lafayette St, Nashville, TN, 37203)
Advance tickets $30 (all proceeds benefit Act Like a GRRRL scholarships)
Friday, February 17, 2017| Doors @ 5pm | Show @ 6:30pm
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GRRRL Nation
It is an evening of monologues, dances and songs to give women’s stories of resistance a voice at a time when misogyny and hate speech is being legitimized at the highest levels of government. We envision this as an evening of inquiry, engagement, solidarity and hope.  GRRRL NATION is co-produced by Darkhorse Theater and Actors Bridge Ensemble and curated by ABE Producing Artistic Director, Vali Forrister.  Funds raised support scholarships for Act Like A GRRRL, Inc.
January 14, 2017, 7pm
Darkhore Theater, 4610 Charlotte Ave , Nashville, TN 37209

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Girls to the Moon  Camp-ference
What is Consent? Owning Your Body and Power
Saturday, September 24, 2016, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (CDT)
Location: Nossi College of Art

Act Like A GRRRL NoVA in Capital Fringe Festival, Washington, DC
“Act Like a GRRRL (ALAG) is an autobiographical writing and performance program that inspires girls (ages 12-18) to write about their lives and transform their thoughts into monologues, dances and songs for public performance. As GRRRLS find their voice and speak their truths on stage, they develop the self-confidence and leadership skills to live more empowered lives. Act Like a GRRRL – NoVa takes place in Northern Virginia just outside Washington, D.C. at the Blueberry Hill Co-Housing Commons House in Vienna, VA (near WolfTrap). The final performance will be part of the D.C. Fringe Festival in July.”
Shows: Thursday, July 21st, 5:30pm|Saturday, July 23rd, 4pm |Sunday, July 24th, 3:30pm

Teen Dialogue on Healthy & Unhealthy Relationships
Act Like  A GRRRL
June 2016
Nashville, TN
Visit the link  for more information about Act Like a GRRRL

Actors Bridge Ensemble presents “The Vagina Monologues”
City Winery – Nashville
Advance tickets  $30 (all proceeds benefit Act Like a GRRRL scholarships)
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
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Global Education Center’s THE RESILIENT SPIRIT : Exploring Arts, Culture and Community Health ~ Why Won’t She Leave: Using Theater to Create Community Responses to Domestic Violence with Cynthia Harris of Healing Waters Productions 
Nashville, TN
November 12 – 14, 2015  @3:00 pm

Thinking Critically about Healthy Relationships  – Women’s Health, Sexuality, Relationships & Self-Care
Act Like a GRRRL, Inc.
Nashville, TN
June 18, 2015

Actors Bridge Ensemble presents GRRRLS NIGHT OUT
an All-Star Performance of Original Stories, Dances and Songs to Raise Money for Act Like a GRRRL Scholarships.   
Tickets: Advanced General Admission Tickets are $20;  General Admission at the door is $25
Cash, check and credit cards accepted.
Friday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. | Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Nashville, TN 37209


Why Won’t She Leave – A Participatory Theater Event
Sideshow Fringe Festival
Actor’s Bridge Studio @ LeQuire Gallery
Sunday, August 3rd, 4:30 pm
All tickets are $15, with 50% of all ticket sales returning directly to participating artists!

Living Through Times When Things Don’t Turn Out Like You Planned
Act Like a GRRRL, Inc.
Nashville, TN
June 3, 2014

In Recognition of National Women’s Health Week with the Northwest YMCA’s Silver Sneaker Senior Walking Club
A Lunch & Learn Workshop on Domestic Violence Prevention and Community Building  
Presented by Cynthia Harris for the Center for Women’s Health Research @ Meharry Medical College
Nashville, TN
May 13th, 2014

Actors Bridge Ensemble presents “The Vagina Monologues”
Actor’s Bridge Studio @ LeQuire Gallery, Nashville, TN
Advance tickets $25; $30 at the door (all proceeds benefit Act Like a GRRRL scholarships)
Friday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. | Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. | Sunday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m.
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Why Won’t She Leave: Using Theater to Create Community Responses to Intimate and Sexual Violence & Encourage Leadership and Dialogue among Morehouse Student-Citizens
Morehouse College
Atlanta, GA
January 7-8, 2012

Holos University Graduate Seminary,  The Inner Counselor Process
Residency, Dia Hodnett


Teen Dialogue on Healthy & Unhealthy Relationships
Act Like  A GRRRL
June 2011
Nashville, TN
Visit the link  for more information about Act Like a GRRRL

“Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray: Gender Based Violence, Stress-Related Health Complications and our Sacred Paths.”
The Black Church and Domestic Violence Institute
February 18-20, 2011
Atlanta, GA
Click here for registration information

Holos University Graduate Seminary, residencies on Mind-Body Perspectives on Trauma, Dynamic Peacemaking Skills and Integrative Health Care Applications,
Residency, Dia Hodnett


Teen Training on Unhealthy Relationships
PG-13 Players of Planned Parenthood
August 5, 2010
Nashville, TN


7th Annual Business Career Opportunity Expo and Health Fair
Mt. Zion, Antioch
Saturday, October 3, 2009 (10am – 3pm)
Location: 2261 Murfreesboro Pike
For more information about the event click here

American Studies Workshop: Black Nashville
Vanderbilt University
September 3, 2009
Nashville, TN

Spelman College, Women’s Research and Resource Center
Atlanta, GA
Dia Hodnett presented an HBCU Teach-In on the Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence and HIV/STIs; facilitated discussion with an intergenerational summit of young women and mature practitioners from around the country on the perpetuation of harmful cultural traditions within communities and congregations

Healing Waters Large Group Theater Workshop:

Using  Theater to Encourage Leadership & Create Community Responses to Domestic Violence
Davidson County Sheriff’s Office
August 31, 2009
Nashville, TN

Southern Honey Pilgrimage
August 17 –  21, 2009
Tallahasse, FL
Visit for more information

Teen Training on Unhealthy Relationships
PG-13 Players of Planned Parenthood
July 22, 2009
Nashville, TN


Healing Waters House Party
August, 2, 2008
Nashville, TN

Teen Training on Unhealthy Relationships
PG-13 Players of Planned Parenthood
July 14, 2008
Nashville, TN

Body Mapping Workshop
Created and presented by Dia Hodnett, a contemplative practice for self-care and resiliency for individuals involved in work to end violence against women and girls

Hampshire College
New Leadership Networking Initiative (NLNI): Member, Dia Hodnett 2001-2008;


Why Won’t She Leave: A Mother’s Day Civic Dialogue on Domestic Violence
Sponsored by the Black Church and Domestic Violence Institute
May 13, 2007 @ 2:30pm
Musician’s Hall of Fame
301 6th Ave. S
Nashville, TN 37203
$25 – $100 for more information

The Black Church and Domestic Violence Institute
February 16 – 18, 2007
Atlanta, GA for more info

Institute for Women’s Studies at the University of Georgia
Training: Girl We Need to Talk: Young Women Examining Dynamics of Intimate Relationship Violence
Created and presented by Dia Hodnett for The Black Church & Domestic Violence Institute 

More info:

A Call to Men of Color: Ending Violence Against Women
Atlanta, GA
National Conference, Dia Hodnett provided technical assistance training on organizing violence against women efforts with and for faith-based communities

U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women’s STOP (Services, Training, Officers, and Prosecutors) Violence Against Women Formula Grants to States
Atlanta, GA
Dia Hodnett’s panel presentation to grantees on culturally specific considerations for IPV interventions and responses for diverse populations, particularly young women, women of color, GLBTQQI, immigrant women and women living with disabilities


July 14th, 15th, 16th*, 2006
7 Stages Theater 1105 Euclid Avenue in Atlanta, GA
7:30 pm, *3 pm Matinee on Sunday
Tickets @ Charis Books and More
$15.00 – $20.00
Contact Us to Volunteer or to find out more about our upcoming performance

Arts based dialogue and workshop focusing on relationship violence in young women. This workshop is for high school age young women and their parents.
July 15, 2006 from 1pm to 3pm
7 Stages Theater 1105 Euclid Avenue in Atlanta, GA

Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at 7pm
Charis Books & More 1189 Euclid Ave in Atlanta, GA
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Saturday, May 27, 2006 from 7:30 am to 1pm
3808 Holy Cross Court in Decatur, GA

The Black Church and Domestic Violence Institute
Atlanta, GA for more info


Sponsored by
Beauticians Local Number 3
Millennium Maxwell House Hotel
August 28, 2005

National Organization for Victim Assistance
North American Victim Assistance Conference 2005

The Black Church and Domestic Violence Institute’s
Atlanta, GA for more info


The Black Church and Domestic Violence Institute’s Wellspring Clergywomen’s Alliance,
2004 – 2008
Emerging leadership development practicum for sacred and secular activists

Seen+Heard Festival 2004
Atlanta, GA

SisterLove’s Thembuhlelo HIV/AIDS Capacity Building Project (HCBP)
Facilitated by Dia Hodnett. Thembuhlelo, a Zulu word meaning “trust the process”, Nkangala District of South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province, tailored and implemented a week-long, innovative HIV/STI risk reduction training of trainers, the Enhanced Healthy Love Party Model, for youth peer educators (in South Africa, youth are defined as those aged 18-35), intervention workshop also included modules on decision-making, leadership, conflict resolution, interpersonal communication and group dynamics

Choice USA’s Gloria Steinem Leadership Institute (GSLI)
2003 and 2004
Washington, DC
Dia Hodnett serves as National pro-choice organizing academy, faculty 

Medical Education Cooperative with Cuba (MEDICC)
Dia Hodnett participated in MEDICC, an education exchange program in Havana, attended course on the Cuban Health Care System with focus on community based prevention strategies

May 2002
Village Cultural Arts Center
Nashville, TN

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