Activism the Musical: How Theatre and Peacebuilding Get Along

Scholarship Entrant: Monica from Brooklyn, New York
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Monica: 114

I love the power of theatre. Throughout the past five years of being a writer and performer at Girl Be Heard, an NGO dedicated to youth activism through theatre, I have been able to tour the country and some of the world to be able to talk to girls about what they care about most—equality. By empowering others through telling my story, others have shared their stories with me and have even allowed me to tell their stories theatrically, creating the most beautiful snowball effect.
I am currently studying Theatre Performance and Peace Studies at Chapman University, as well as participating in the Honors Program. I am planning to create an interdisciplinary theatre piece about the local issues of my community, such as body image, gender inequality, and bullying, and present it to the schools around the area before focusing on larger issues, such as sex trafficking and gun violence. I hope to incorporate the voice of the community into my piece and engage local schoolchildren in theatrical team-building and human rights activism. After I graduate, I would love to work at a non-profit organization for community building or at the United Nations. Every human rights injustice, no matter the scale, matters to me. It is my dream to continue to share the stories of the girls who are voiceless, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Orange County, California, through theatre so that others may become aware of their issues.

Vote for Monica: 114

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