Meet the viBe Girls!

viBe's mission and work is all about the girls we serve through our performing-arts and outreach programs. By taking part in viBe's various programs, the viBe girls find a voice and learn to express themselves and share the daily and exceptional experiences that define their lives as teenage girls in New York City. Meet the viBe girls and hear from them how viBe Theater Experience has impacted their lives!


viBe Theater Experience Presents... "Scratches in the Water Help Clear the Air"

"Scratches in the Water Help Clear the Air" is a brand new viBeSolos show, written and performed by the Ladies of viBeSolos 2018. "Scratches in the Water..." is an exploration of the journey to womanhood; coming of age, coming into one's own strength, and coming to question the world around you.

The viBeSolos 2018 cast, as their powerfully written solo performances, music, movement, and poetry "scratch the surface," in order to, "clear the air."

Ameya Biradavolu, viBe's Development and Communications Associate, talked to Amaka, Aniyah, Shania, and Keyara, four cast members of "Maze Behind My Identity," and participants in the Fall 2017 viBeStages Residency at Achievement First University Prep  about their "viBe journey" so far. 

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Amaka

Why did you want to participate in viBe?
I wanted to participate in viBe because it's an uncensored space and it's a breath of fresh air.

How has your viBe journey been so far?
Well... this is my third time doing it and its been good, it's been lit! 

What do you hope to have accomplished by the end of the program?  
At the end of this, I hope to make new friends and I want to say the words I don't ever really get to say.

 

Aniyah

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Why did you want to participate in viBe?
Well I actually didn't know about viBe until I saw some posters in the girls bathroom...

How has your viBe journey been so far?
It's really cool, I love this because I get to write pieces that I get to put in the show, and then show audiences different experiences that a girl has while she's growing up. And I get to talk to the audience afterwards about what they can relate to and what they need to know.  

What do you hope to have accomplished by the end of the program?
I want to be able to actually feel confident in what I'm writing because I'm kind of a little weird so... So I just want to feel confident in what I'm writing and feel confident about saying it in front of a bunch of people. I also want to get this memorization thing down.

 
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Shania

Why did you want to participate in viBe? 
I want to participate in viBe because I was given this opportunity by my teacher Ms. Evans. She noticed how dramatic I am and she thought I could put that to good use. So when I learned more about viBe, I figured I could use my personality to make plays and have a good time with other girls my age.

How has your viBe journey been so far?
My viBe journey has been awesome. I did it over the summer. From that opportunity I was able to perform at the United Nations and then now I came back to do viBe with my school. And the experience has been good because I learned more about myself, other people, and how to have a community of girls and talk to them.

What do you hope to have accomplished by the end of the program?  
What I hope to accomplish is a better me because I know who I am as a person and I know viBe can help me build more character and learn more about things that I wasn't aware of. So I hope to get out of this a better me. And that I get more of a voice that I can use outside of viBe to advocate for myself.

 

Keyara

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Why did you want to participate in viBe?  
I want to build up my confidence through viBe and have experiences with other girls.

How has your viBe journey been so far?
It's been good, I have been building up my confidence and I have been able to open up to other girls. viBe has helped me by having me write out how I feel and express myself.

What do you hope to have accomplished by the end of the program? 
I want to be able to perform in front of the school... and just have fun and confidence about how I feel and about how I express myself.