You Sound Like a Girl

    A performance & voice workshop about what it means to be a woman with a voice.

    You Sound Like a Girl Summer Development & Performance

    What does it even mean to sound “like a girl?”

     New York, NY, United States
    This is a Fiscally-Sponsored Project

    Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas

    Tickets on sale now for You Sound Like a Girl!

    Join us for the premiere workshop performance of You Sound Like a Girl!

    August 24-26 at The Hive, 20 Cook St, Brooklyn, NY. Get your tickets here: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/15893

    Hope to see you there!

    Thank you for donating to You Sound Like a Girl!

    Dear Donors,

    Thank you so much for your donations to You Sound Like a Girl! Thanks to all of your generous support, we raised at total of $3,059! The next phase of the project begins at the end of July, and we'll be sure to keep you up to date on the development process and performances. 

    If you'd like to support the project further, we can still use noncash donations! Do you have gift cards, access to rehearsal space or performance space, a car that you're willing to share, or gas station gift cards? We can make use of those also! Just email Colleen at chughes726@gmail.com to arrange the donation. We hope to see you at the performances at the end of the summer!

    Sincerely,
    Colleen & the You Sound Like a Girl Team

    The You Sound Like a Girl crowdfunding campaign ends tonight!

    This is it: the You Sound Like a Girl crowdfunding campaign ends at midnight tonight! Your support has meant so so much, and you can still help! Please help us raise these last dollars by donating again or sharing the campaign with the hashtag #YouSoundLikeaGirl. Working on this project has truly changed my life, and I cannot wait to share what we've discovered with you! 

    1 Week to Go!

    We have 1 week left and only $1192 to go in order to reach our goal of $3500! All of the $1192 will go straight towards paying artists on the project! Please help us make sure our artists are paid by sharing this campaign with your friends and using the hashtag, #YouSoundLikeaGirl. And, thank you for helping us raise $2,308 so far!

    2 weeks to go!

    We officially have 2 weeks left in the You Sound Like a Girl crowdfunding campaign with $1663 to go! If you've already donated, you can still help by spreading the word! Please consider sharing the campaign on your social media with the answer to the question "Why do I sound like a girl?" and the hashtag #YouSoundLikeAGirl !

    We're over halfway there!

    Thanks to all of our incredibly generous donors, we are officially over halfway to our goal of $3500! With only 17 days left, don't forget to tell your friends and family why you sound like a girl!

    We made it to $1500!

    Thank you to all of our incredibly generous donors who helped us surpass $1500! We are officially less than $2000 away from our total goal! Don't forget to tell your friends that you sound like a girl, and are proud of it! 

    We've raised 1/3 of our goal!

    Thanks to our generous You Sound Like a Girl donors, we've officially raised 1/3 of our goal! We now have $2300 to go! Don't forget to share the campaign, and let the world know why YOU sound like a girl!

    We've reached our first $500!

    Thanks to all of our You Sound Like a Girl initial supporters, we've officially reached our first $500! Thank you for all the generous donations!

    We have $3000 to go, and you can still help us reach it: please share the campaign with your friends, family, and colleagues and tell them why YOU sound like a girl!
    The You Sound Like a Girl crowdfunding campaign may have ended, but you can still support the project by donating here!

    What is You Sound Like a Girl?

    Starting in infanthood, women's voices are constantly critiqued, conditioned, and policed: shrill, harsh, babyish, sexy, sing-songy, girly, loud, quiet, etc. No wonder so many women are silenced, since every time they open their mouths they are subject to scrutiny. And, what does it even mean to sound “like a girl?” You Sound Like a Girl is a performance and companion voice workshop that seeks to both answer and dismantle this question.

    Since August, 2017, we have been conducting workshops about the cultural, physical, and emotional baggage surrounding the way women sound.The stories and themes that emerge from these workshops will be turned into the multimedia storytelling performance of You Sound Like a Girl, which will be paired with a future iteration of the voice workshop. The performance of You Sound Like a Girl will bring necessary conversations to light, while the workshop will help attendees access the freedom to use their own voices. 

    Why are We Fundraising?

    After almost a year of workshops, we are now working on developing the performance aspect of You Sound Like a Girl! We'll be spending 4 days at the Dragon's Egg in Mystic, CT this July and then the month of August back in NYC developing the performance, and then presenting it to the public at the end of the summer. 

    By donating, your money will go directly towards:
    • Artist compensation
    • Zoom Audio Recorder
    • Car rentals
    • Dragon's Egg fees
    • Food for the artists
    • Rehearsal studio rental
    • Performance venue rental
    • Costumes
    • Scenic materials
    • Marketing costs

    Why Should You Donate?

    So much has been written and discussed about women’s voices and whether the public likes or dislikes them. So much judgement has been ingrained into women and how they hear themselves and the voices of other women. So much weight is placed on the sound that comes out of female-identifying persons’ vocal boxes. You Sound Like a Girl will question these judgements and give voice, both literally and figuratively, to the female experience. From the sirens of ancient Greece, to the banshees of Ireland, to the suffragettes, to the women of the Civil Rights Movement, and every female candidate for president, women's voices have been historically feared and silenced. With your support we can work to deconstruct this fear and amplify women's voices!

    Who's On the Team?

    Colleen E. Hughes (co-creator/director) is a director and arts administrator based out of Brooklyn, NY. Colleen's directing work focuses on investigating the relationship of audience and performance, supporting new and contemporary voices, feminism, accessibility, and community. New York directing credits include: What Screams I Hear are Mine by Annalise Cain (reading, The Tribe Theatre Company), The Shapes We Make With Our Bodies by Meg Whiteford (The Hive), Jelly Bean Junkyard by Sean Pollock (Under St. Marks), workshop of The Plucked Dove by Sam Kahler (The Hive), Year One by Logan Porter (Manhattan Repertory Theatre), Chatroom by Enda Walsh (The Hive), Let Them Eat Cake by Ted Malawer (TinyRhino), and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, adapted by Rob Reese (staged reading, Treehouse Theater). Training: Skidmore College and the National Theater Institute. www.colleenehughes.com

    Thomas René (co-creator/vocal coach) holds a BS in Communications Sciences and Disorders from Worcester State University and an MA in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. He is currently finishing his training as a certified MDH Breathing Coordination teacher. Thomas has coached and taught both locally and internationally. He currently works as the Head of Voice and Speech at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.

    Alexis Cash (collaborator/performer) an actress and poet, is a graduate of Point Park’s Acting Conservatory . She has worked, written, and initiated conversation on female empowerment and fears in many mediums and discussions. She is so excited to be assisting other women in speaking their truth and finding how not alone they have actually been.
    www.alexiscash.com / IG: @lexy_cash

    Sarah Finkle (collaborator/scenic designer) is a Brooklyn based fiber artist from Upstate New York. She received her Bachelor’s degree in studio art at Skidmore college, with a concentration in textiles and sculpture. She has continued this exploration as a freelance artist, working alongside and collaborating with fiber and textile artists throughout the city. She has participated in several group shows, including ones at the Sotheby’s Institute (New York, NY), Gowanus Loft (Brooklyn, NY), Bískúr Gallery (Blönduós, Iceland), Textilsetur (Blönduós, Iceland), Textile Arts Center (New York, NY), Tang Museum (Saratoga Springs, NY), Schick Art Gallery (Saratoga Springs, NY) and Art Studio Fuji (Florence, Italy). She has further explored textiles within scenic design, creating interactive fiber installations for the productions of Chatroom (The Hive NYC) and The Shapes We Make with Our Bodies (The Hive NYC). She has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Textílsetur in Blönduós, Iceland and the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, NY.

    Ran Xia (collaborator/sound designer) is an interdisciplinary theatre artist originally from Shanghai, China. Her plays have been seen on NYC stages including IRT (Pomegrenade, also artistic producer of The Arctic Group's Fridge Fest), HERE Arts Center (Harmony), Dixon Place (Princess, Anybody, North, They Lived In The Attic, Tabula Rasa, etc), The Tank (Echo), 4th Street Theater at NYTW (Word Play), The Brick ([ai]), Workshop Theater (De Profundis, also at the Cell), The Kraine, The Wild Project, etc. As a frequent collaborator with the Exquisite Corpse Co., she was one of the writers for The Enchanted Realm of Rene Magritte. As a sound designer, she's worked with Maggie Cino's production of Three Sisters, Adam Odsess-Rubin's Speechless, multiple productions with Infinite Variety Productions, and the recent revival of an immersive Dutchman (Dir. Demone), etc. Ran is a co-creator of the bi-monthly Polar Bear Plunge salon show at Lucky Jack's. ranxia.info | thearcticgroup.org

    If you can't donate, how can you help?

    • Noncash donations are welcome! Do you have gift cards, access to rehearsal space, car rental rewards points? We can make use of those also!
    • If you identify as a woman, you can participate in a workshop! Email chughes726@gmail.com if you're interested in participating. 
    • Tell your friends! Spread the word about this campaign!
    • Come see the show at the end of the summer! 
    • Stay in the loop! Sign up for email updates about workshops, performances, tickets on sale, and other opportunities!

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    Early Access to Booking!

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    Personalized Audio Recorded Thank You!

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    Thank you for your generous donation! To show our appreciation, you'll receive a personalized audio recorded thank you from members of the creative team! Plus, you'll get priority access to book your tickets to the first public viewing of You Sound Like a Girl!

    Private Coaching Session with Thomas René!

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    Thank you for your generous donation of $200! As a thank you, you'll be able to work on freeing and empowering your own voice in a private coaching session with Thomas René! Plus, you'll get priority access to book your tickets to the first public viewing of You Sound Like a Girl!

    Join Us for a Rehearsal!

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    Thank you for your generous donation! To show our appreciation, you'll receive an invitation to a You Sound Like a Girl rehearsal for a special sneak peek of the process! Plus, you'll get priority access to book your tickets to the first public viewing of You Sound Like a Girl!

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