Act Like a Big GRRRL

Act Like a Big GRRRL 2019 starts November 9th!

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 21 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.

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?

Vali 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 late January, we’ll select our favorite writing pieces to be edited into a script for a group performance. We will perform in February at the Actors Bridge Studio.

When does it start?

Our next circle starts with a day-long retreat on Saturday, Nov 9th and continues with Wednesday evening meetings to follow. The full schedule is below.

Opening Retreat
Saturday, November 9
2 to 8 p.m.
Actors Bridge Studio and Vali Forrister’s Home

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. Then, we’ll transition to Vali’s home to share fire and food and drink.

Ongoing Meetings – Sharing Writing – Wednesdays twice a month, 6-9 p.m. at Vali’s Home


Nov 13
Dec 4, 18
Jan 8, 22, 29

Jan 30, 31

Performances at Actors Bridge Studio at Darkhorse Chapel

Saturday, Feb 1 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb 2 at 3 p.m.

All told, it is:

  • 6-hour opening retreat

  • 6 3-hour 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. Then, register here.

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