Led by Cindy Parrish & Meg Agnew
Clark Auditorium, Fisher Science Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 7-9 p.m.
Cindy and Meg will introduce and screen Heroic Girlz, their 26-minute award-winning film, made as part of an educational process developed for 6th grade girls. The film tells a compelling story of four modern-day 11-year-olds who take on the roles of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Amelia Bloomer, Louisa May Alcott, and Amelia Earhart. Meeting in the afterlife, the girls revisit and recount a formative moment in the 11-year-old life of each of the famed women.
The importance of offering girls an embodied experience of self discovery will be discussed, as well as the need for role models, both living and historic, in order to counter the powerful negative effects of our culture. After the screening of the film, members of the audience will be guided through one or two of the writing exercises the girls did to produce the play and film.
Cindy L. Parrish, writer, filmmaker, and educator, made her first films in 2006: the award-winning Heroic Girlz, and the documentary Making History. She holds a Doctor of Arts degree in Humanities from the University of Albany, and has taught writing, literature, video, and the teaching of writing for over 20 years. She can currently be found in front of the classroom, behind the camera, or in front of the editing screen. With Meg she co-directs Heroic Productionz, an arts-based educational resource center and consulting company.
Meg Agnew, movement theater artist, director, and educator, has been a dancer and movement theater artist for most of her life, training actors in physical theater at NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing, as well as teaching professional actors and children in the United States and Europe. She is the co-founder of the DaK Theatre Company in New York City, and is a dance and theater Teaching Artist in the Capital Region of NY and the Berkshires of MA. Meg is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Drama Department and was for some years a member of the Ko-Motion Movement Theater Company. In 2009 she co-founded Heroic Productionz with Cindy.