There’s a new theatre company in Austin which is on a mission to give girls the skills to write, produce and direct stories. Girl Improved matches adolescent girls with mentors to create work in which at least 50% of the leading characters are female, females have clear-cut goals which are not centered around romance and characters are multi-dimensional. Girl Improved recently caught the attention of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, who recently posted this article about the four girls behind the current double feature, Bad Spies and Jaded.
A famous painting has been stolen! Can the four worst spies ever take on an international art thief; or are they once again, doomed to failure? Bad Spies is a spy comedy for all ages. Written by Zia Kinzy, 11. Directed by Lisi Sweeten, 11. Mentored by Katherine Wilkinson of Gale Theatre Co. and Lisa Scheps of Ground Floor Theatre.
In the chilling horror, Jaded, an adolescent girl descends into madness… or so everyone thinks. Is it it real or all in her mind? Appropriate for ten and up. Written by Grayce Fischer, 13. Directed by Liliana Sweeten, 13. Mentored by Leanna Holmquist of The Baron’s Men and Patti Neff of Ground Floor Theatre.
The two-week run at the Ground Floor Theatre (979 Springdale Rd.) concludes on July 18th. The final shows will take place:
Thursday, July 16th at 7pm
Friday, July 17th at 7pm
Saturday, July 18th at 7pm
Online tickets start at $5 each.
To learn more about this show, check out this video: