The Other Side creates a cross-cultural exchange of dramatic storytelling amongst girls, supporting their common experience, inspiring leadership, and developing community.

“The Other Side is a small space where we collaboratively work together and support each other to achieve our goals.”

-Eighth Grader, Bronx-

The Other Side Showcase

Students from WHEDco in the Bronx and Napela in Staten Island, working in exchange with our girls in India, came together in the Tank Theater on April 5th, 2019, for an impressive showcase, contributing one play from each , shared their lives’ dreams and hardships.

Highlights

Here are some of the inspiring things our Staten Island girls had to say!

Felicia:
“Being a girl is hard enough.
We have to always watch what we do.”

Madelyn:
”But what people don’t realize is that girls are stronger than ever.”

 Elena:
“We must fight and stand for our rights.”

Alicia:
“For you have not given us the spirit of fear,
But of power, love, and a sound mind.”


Bianca:
“Now ask yourself, if we all came together as confident and strong women, where would we be in five years?”

All:
“We say unstoppable.”

Participants from Napela, Staten Island

The Other Side in India

Our programs in Pardada-Pardadi and Bhagwati Sarla Paliwal finished for the year. Girls participated in exchange with girls in the Bronx and Staten Island. Using Image Theatre, girls explored problems they face in their society and shared them with girls in USA.

What is Image Theatre?

“In Image Theatre, still images are used to explore abstract concepts such as relationships and emotions, as well as realistic situations.”

– From Drama Resource

Visiting Workshops, South Bronx

Veracity
Veracity Butcher is an American actor and performance artist born, raised, and based in downtown New York City.

Shiv
Shiv D. Sharma is the founding member of the Center for Studies in Gender and Sexuality at Ashoka University, India. He has led queer support groups and workshops on gender and sexuality.

Dawn
Dawn Walsh was born and raised in New York City on the Lower East Side. She is a Vice President Divisional Planning Manager at Century 21 stores. She talked about the importance of education and working towards your goal, no matter what forces may be against you.

Meher
Meher Manda is a poet, short story writer, culture critic, and educator from Mumbai, India, currently living in New York City. In her workshop, the girls learned about poetry and wrote an “I Remember” group poem.

Apoorva
Apoorva Gupta is a Fulbright scholar and dancer inspired by Bollywood and classical Indian dance, from Agra, India. She talked about what life is like for a girl in India, and she showed some videos of Bollywood dance to our 6th graders!

Being in The Other Side, I feel like I love myself more. Me being here has taught me that I can love myself just the way I am, I don’t need to change a thing.

– Eighth Grader, Bronx –