Act Like a Big GRRRL

Act Like a Big GRRRL 2018 starts January 20th!

We hear it all the time: “I wish that I could have experienced something like Act Like a GRRRL when I was a teenager.” Believing it’s never too late to begin the process of self-discovery and transformation, we created Act Like a Big GRRRL (or Big G as we like to call it).

Act Like a BIG GRRRL is a writing and performance program modeled after Act Like a GRRRL. It is for women 18 and older. The group gathers twice a month to share writing, gain feedback and step boldly into a new version of themselves. The work culminates in a public performance at our studio at Darkhorse Chapel.

Vali explains, “I started Big G in 2008 because Alice Kelly *insisted* (if you know Alice, you know how persuasive she can be). It was during the time that I was caring for my mother. As it became clear that Mom wasn’t going to get better this time, the Big GRRRL circle was my shoulder. Over the last 8 years, we have each taken a turn in the center of the circle, being held by the group. It’s been one of the greatest gifts to my life. Just like ALAG, the group becomes the sisterhood you’ve always long for. And, sisterhood is for life.”

Big GRRRL Circle

You don’t have to have any acting or writing experience — just a desire for self-discovery and a willingness to “go deep within,” supported by this community. The only requirements are a commitment to the entire writing and performance process and a willingness to reach, stretch, grow.

Who is involved?

The program is facilitated by Vali Forrister. This model is based on Vali’s graduate work in the performance of personal narratives for personal and social change. Vali has created a very successful 3 step process using intimate life texts for personal transformation. Read Vali’s bio.

How does it work?

Facilitator Cynthia Harris provides writing prompts that encourage personal interpretation. We meet twice a month to share our writing aloud and get feedback and insights from others in the circle.

In December, we’ll select our favorite writing pieces to be edited into a script for a group performance. We will perform in April at the Actors Bridge Studio at Darkhorse Chapel.

When does it start?

Our next circle starts with a day-long retreat on Saturday, September 29, 2018, and continues with Tuesday evening meetings to follow. The full schedule is below.


Day-long Opening Retreat
Saturday, September 29th
noon to 8 p.m.
Actors Bridge Woodbine Studio
We will set our personal intentions for the process and work with some guest artists to learn new approaches to accessing our own creative spark. There will also be fire and food and drink.

Weekly Meetings – Sharing Writing – 6:30-9:30 p.m.
at Actors Bridge Woodbine Studio

Every Other Tuesday:

Oct 2, 9, 23

Nov 6, 13, 27


Dec 1, 2

Performances at Actors Bridge Studio at Darkhorse Chapel

Saturday, December 8 at 7 p.m.

Sunday, December 9 at 3 p.m.

All told, it is:
  • 8-hour opening retreat
  • 6 writing sharing meetings
  • 2 rehearsals
  • 2 performances
  • 30+ hours together ❤

How much does it cost?


How do I sign up?

Email Vali to begin the conversation.

Space is limited to ensure everyone’s voice is heard.