Rosie’s Girls and In Tandem collaboration
Thanks to Meg Hammond, the curator of Goddard College Concert and The Haybarn Theater, I had the pleasure of working with lighting designer Cavan Meese (Grace Potter, Phish, Cirkus Smirkus) and Classical Percussionist Jane Boxall to create a one-of-a-kind performance with Rosie’s Girls Vermont.
Rosie’s Girls is a 3-week day camp that helps build strong, confident girls through exploration of the skilled trades. Girls entering 6, 7 and 8th grades get hands-on instruction in STEM-related activities, carpentry, welding and auto repair. They also participate in creative arts, games, swimming and self-defense. It’s a safe, supportive, girl-centered environment that emphasizes leadership, teamwork and healthy body image.
Representing the performing arts and careers in technical theater, it was a pleasure to introduce the campers to a unique stage experience. Camp coordinator Julia Chaffets remarks, “Trisha and a group of collaborators worked with us to organize a wonderful experience for our middle school age campers. In about 6 hours, the girls wrote and performed a short play that included music, lighting and sets – all performed, designed and implemented by the girls. Trisha created a supportive space in which the girls could explore their creativity, use their voices, and get a peek at how theater works. The team of artist teachers modeled the importance of teamwork, which trickled down to the kids, who pulled off a remarkable performance. It was a great day, all around!”
Strong female leadership in the culture industry. Powerful stuff!