Announcing: Voices HEaRd 2018 Headlining Guest Artist Colton Ryan!

Born and raised Kentucky-fried, Colton is a recent graduate of the Baldwin Wallace Music Theater Program. He is finished his degree with an internship at the Music Box Theater as an Evan/Jared/Connor Standby in Dear Evan Hansen. In his spare time, Colton likes to enjoy anything superhero/Star Wars/sci-fi/crossover-related or exclusively listening to the one and only, Kanye “Yeezus” West. He loves to cook (or at least try), read old books that he was assigned in high school but never read, and play fantasy football. He sometimes likes to act and sing. Colton’s latest roles were Tony in West Side Story at Baldwin Wallace, Freddy Enysford-Hill in My Fair Lady for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival/Great Lakes Theater this current summer and fall, and Ryan in the regional premiere of Theory of Relativity at Playhouse Square.

About Voices HEaRd:


Voices HEaRd: Kentucky is BACK with more artists and activism than before! 

Voices HEaRd will span the entire weekend of February 23-25, and we are thrilled to be featuring artists from all over the country in this spectacular event! Check out the lineup list below to know what to expect for the weekend!
(Unless otherwise noted, Saturday and Sunday performance events are all held at Woodford Theatre)

Friday, February 23
Spoken Word at the Chocolate Holler
6:30 PM, Lexington, FREE
Featuring works by long time TGP guest artist and writer Donna Ison, Matthew Hutchins, Kaitlin Rucker, Voices HEaRd returnee Tara Wilkinson, and pieces from The Girl Project Alumni

Voices HEaRd Singer Songwriters at The Barn at The Summit at Fritz Farm
7:30 PM, Lexington, FREE
Come hear original songs from singer songwriter Vanessa Davis ranging in genres including pop, folk, country, bluegrass, jazz, blues, and classical composition​. Sharing the performance hour will be Rainbow Star sharing songs with soul, sentiment, and a beautiful mountain dulcimer.

Saturday, February 24
Bodies HEaRd Community Movement Workshop with Lora Wilson Mau, BC-DMT
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, $30
As we lift our voices to speak our truth, sometimes words are not enough. In this two hour workshop we will invite the language of the body into the evolving conversation about gender equality, empowerment, and the freedom to be that flourishes in an environment that is safe and respectful. Weaving together simple, guided movement improvisation with facilitated discussion, this workshop offers participants the opportunity to discover new layers of the truth they need to speak, to witness with non-judgement the truths of others, and the opportunity to discover in community how to move this new awareness forward into action. No dance experience required. All bodies welcome. PD Credit Available!

Premiere Screening of the J.U.M.P. Documentary by Julie Edwards Fauxe
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, $10 or Pay What You Can (PWYC)
J.U.M.P. Project Documentary by Julie Edwards Fauxe and Talkback, part of the Voices HEaRd 2018 weekend!
The premiere screening of the collaboration between Step By Step, Lexington, The Girl Project, and other local artists. This film documents the process of the creation of the performance piece Just Us Moms Performing. Giving a voice to young single mothers.

This event is $10 or Pay What You Can (PWYC). To utilize PWYC pricing, please call the Woodford Theatre Box Office at 859.873.0648 weekdays 11:00 AM-3:00 PM.

Teen Voices HEaRd featuring GPNG and TGP Alumni performers
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, $10 or PWYC
To celebrate 5 years of TGP programming, we are celebrating the girls who have been part of the program for the last 5 years. Kicking off the Teen Voices HEaRd will be performances by The Girl Project: Next Generation Leestown and Woodford students, followed by performances from our high school alumni and Mindy’s Jessamine School of Classical Dance. The alumni will be performing pieces from each year of TGP scripts and we cannot wait to share these stories with you!

Voices HEaRd MainStage Performance
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM, $15 students, $20 adults
Featuring performances by Colton Ryan, Agape Theatre, Broad Brigade, Trish Clark, Free the Virgo, The Girl Project Alumni, Movement Continuum, Suspend, Northern Kentucky University Department of Theatre and Dance, University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance, Bonnie Stuck, the Women of The Girl Project, and local actors.
This performance is rated PG-13

Sunday, February 25
Gender Equity Panel Discussion and Brunch
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Davis Marksbury Building, Lexington, $10
1. Candice Hargons, PhD, Assistant Professor, UK Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology will discuss her work on early life sexual debut to highlight the issues women face related to gender and other identities across the lifespan:

2. Jill Schinberg, MFA, Assistant Professor of Arts Administration at UK, discussing her work examining gender gap issues in arts administration along with the notion of presenter as aesthetic gatekeeper:

3. Christine Leistner, MA, graduating in May 2018 with a PhD in Health Promotion from the UK Department of Kinesiology & Health Promotion, will present on her research related to the role of mother in relationships, sexuality, and society:

4. Margaret McGladrey, ABD in Sociology at UK, and several of her teenaged co-researchers will present their team’s findings in evaluating The Girl Project at its five-year mark:

Voices HEaRd MainStage Performance
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, $15 students, $20 adults
This performance is rated PG-13

 About The Girl Project: The Girl Project is an arts-meets-activism initiative that engages young artists in social change by exploring the misrepresentation of girls and women in American media culture and our communities.

Find more information at Keep up with The Girl Project on Facebook.