Meet Our Amazing Teaching Artists!
Alana Banks (ab)
Production Media Assistant
ab is from north Oakland who is also an alum of UC Berkeley. During their time at UC Berkeley they were the Black communities senator. In addition, ab was apart of the Black Student Union's Demands Team that led to the creation of the Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center. Shortly after graduating, ab was hired by the university to work in the African American student development office. Under their leadership, they helped pass the BIG C referendum which secured funding for AASD as well as help open the Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center. They currently work with Peoples Breakfast Oakland, a Black grassroots organization that serves food, hygiene products, and clothes to houseless residents in Oakland. ab is also a full time artist- using art to transform their community and do what Nina Simone said a true artist does: Reflect the times. ab is honored!!! to work with girls and help continue the compassion revolution!
Aly is excited to be spending her second summer with GoGirls! Camp. She is a sophomore in high school who enjoys drawing, painting, and ceramics, along with running for her school track team. Aly steps into her light when she is in nature and during group activities.
Assistant Drama Teacher
Anisya is so excited to spend her ninth summer as an assistant teacher at Go Girls! Camp. She graduated from Encinal High School in June and will be attending Sonoma State University in the fall. She is planning on studying political sciences and sustainability but will always have a passion for theatre and the arts. Anisya steps into her light when she builds relationships with the girls at camp and models why it’s okay to be confident in what you love.
Play Director/Production Media Artist
Annika (they/them) is extraordinarily excited to be returning for their fourth summer at GoGirls Camp! They are currently studying Theatre and Women & Gender Studies at Hunter College. Annika lives in New York City where they work as the president of HTC (an entirely student-run theatre company). Their aspiration in life is to combine social activism and theatre to create inspirational and educational work they call “Performing Arts for Social Justice.” When they aren’t teaching at GoGirls Camp, Annika is directing, designing, writing, and acting in plays. Annika is proud to be a GoGirl and can’t wait to share their passion for Theatre and Film with the whole Spotlight Girls community this summer!
Production Media Artist
Anthonia is excited to be apart of the Go Girls! Camp this year! She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media and Cultural Studies and a Master degree in Cinema. Although she has a passion for filmmaking and content creation, she is also passionate in connecting with the youth and inspiring them to reach their greatest potential!
Arayah is incredibly excited and grateful to begin her first summer with Go Girls! She is a second year college student majoring in psychology and a dance teaching artist in the bay area. Arayah steps into her light when she helps her students become more confident in their bodies through the movement she teaches them.
Clara is excited to return to Go Girls! Camp this summer. She is a college freshmen. She loves art and general goofiness. Clara steps into her light when she gets to create change and build community.
Ellie is so excited to jump into Go Girls! Camp this summer. She attends Albany High School and is going to be a junior this school year! She is absolutely in love with dance, art, theater, and so on! Ellie is looking forward to meeting and having fun with all the girls this summer!
Emily is excited to be back with Go Girls! Camp this year. As a teaching artist, she has facilitated art making and creative expression in partnership with many schools and organizations throughout the east bay. She is currently the Expressive Art Instructor at the Community School for Creative Education in Oakland, and the co-creator of The Shape of Us, a shadow theatre workshop in partnership with Berkeley Food and Housing Project. She is a lucky mama to her own go girl (and boy!) and sometimes finds time to perform with her beloved playback theatre ensemble.
Francesca could not be more excited to be an assistant teacher at Go Girls! this summer! She has been been a part of this camp since she was four years old, was one of the first Go Girls!, and has been an assistant teacher for the past four years. Francesca is a 2019 graduate of Saint Mary's College High School, and is attending the University of Maryland in the fall to study psychology. In her spare time, Francesca loves to spend time with her family and friends, play soccer, travel, and be a part of Go Girls! She deeply believes in helping young girls learn how to take center stage and be strong and kind through the Go Girls! mission.
Play Director/Camp Mama
Hannah is a filmmaker, actor, and veteran Go Girl! For 6 summers, she has directed more plays than she can count, hung up A LOT of backdrops on a ladder, and cried with pride as Go Girls took center stage. She believes in Spotlight:Girls not only as a change-making program for girls, but also as a compassion-driven community.
Hannah is beyond excited to be spending her first summer with Go Girls! Camp. She holds a Masters in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Ever since high school she knew she wanted to help others, especially girls. She always loved theater as an adolescent and when she realized she could combine her passion of helping people using drama from an improv teacher of hers, she felt she found her true calling. Hannah is in her element when she is surrounded by like-minded and empowered women and girls who want to share their stories through the arts.
Camp Mama/Expressive Artist
Ja'Ne is excited to return to Go Girls! after spending last summer as an Expressive Artist. She holds a BA in Human Services and is currently obtaining her MED Specialized in SpeciaL Education and a MM SPED Teaching Credential. Ja'Ne is a Elementary teacher in PUSD. She has been close to the arts since a young girl through school programs and working close with her community. As an assistant Play Director, she helped put on the first "Urban Nutcracker" in Pittsburg CA December 2018. Ja'Ne steps into her light when she is teaching strategies to help her students have a better quality of life and dancing in a space with LOUD music!!
Jayne is thrilled to be spending her sixth year with Go Girls! Camp. She is a senior at Berkeley High School and enjoys expressing herself through art and music in her choir. Jayne steps into her light when she interacts with new people and gets to make new friends and grow into new situations.
Camp Mama/Expressive Artist
Kat is excited to be back for her fifth summer at Go Girls Camp! She loved teaching Expressive Art and is honored to step into a new role this year as Camp Mama. Kat is an educator, mentor and future therapist. She has a degree in Creative Writing from Mills College and strives to bring creativity, curiosity and truth to everything she does.
Katie is so exited to be an assistant teacher for the first time at Go Girls! summer camp. As someone who attended Go Girls! every summer as a child, she is happy to be giving back to a family that shaped her life so much, and to help young girls have an experience just as magical as she had.
Kelly is excited to be back for her second summer with Go Girls! Camp. Kelly has an MFA in Studio Art and has worked with youth for 15 years as an art teacher, advocate and mentor.
Kriya is incredibly excited to be working at Go Girls! Camp this summer. She has a huge interest in drama and acting, so she is looking forward to sharing her passion with both the staff and students. Kriya steps into her light when she is able to work together with the people around her and contribute new and engaging ideas to her team.
Lulu Cirne Lima
Lulu is so excited to spend her 10th year with Go Girls! She has been a dancer and musician since she was very young. She enjoys playing games with friends and family. Lulu's favorite type of food is Thai food. Since she started Go Girls!, she loves each and every person she has met. She loves to express herself and learning valuable lessons. Go Girls! has really helped her become a better person and friend.
Marjorie is a Bay Area native who has been teaching, choreographing, and directing dance programs in the Bay Area since 2006. She is currently the Dance & Drama Director at Encinal Jr/Sr High School in Alameda, a Teaching Artist at Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, and Cheer Coach at Jillian's Studio of Dance in Pleasanton, as well as, teaches various dance styles, master classes, private lessons, and workshops under her own organization, Beyond Movement. Marjorie has her Teaching Credential in Physical Education from CSUEB and a Masters of Science in Educational Technology. She shares her passion for teaching, working with youth, and helping others by facilitating workshops and mentoring aspiring dance instructors for Support Services for Out of School Time Programs and as a member of Dance the Bay's Advisory Board as a Dance Education Specialist. Other than her work with Go Girls!, Marjorie proudly supports her community through performances and artistic activism work with MEnD Dance Theater Company, the Grammy-nominated Alphabet Rockers, and as a member of the all female-identified dance collective Mix'd Ingrdnts Dance Company based in Oakland, CA. Through dance as a positive outlet and tool to heal, she hopes to motivate others to raise awareness and gain support for various philanthropic causes, inspiring them to use their voice as performers to create art that is significant to them and impacts society.
Production Media Assistant
Max has been going to Go Girls! Camp since they were four years old, and has loved it ever since. They have been involved in theater through Go Girls! Camp, as well as through their high school, and love to work stage crew. They have made tons of short films through Go Girls Productions, and in their own free time. Max steps into their light whenever they are helping the world to become an accepting place.
Molly is an artist and youth educator based in the SF Bay Area. Molly is passionate about building a world where empathy and justice define our human story. She’s been creating and leading experiential curriculum for kids and adults since 2012. Programs she’s designed have focused on diverse topics ranging from nature connection to vulnerability in leadership to songwriting and design thinking. Across each experience is informed by a deep commitment to creating safety for expression, empowering participants to own their learning and building community. For the past 3 years she’s worked with Oakland based non profit, Soul Shoppe, delivering social and emotional learning to elementary school students.
Molly is thrilled to be returning to Go Girls! Camp as an Expressive Artist. She recently graduated from Mills College where she studied literature, language, and philosophy. This summer she is exploring her roots by drawing inspiration from her art teacher mother and then departing for post-graduation adventures which include rooting for the U.S. women's national soccer team at the World Cup in France. What Molly loves most about Go Girls! is how much she learns from the creative and brilliant girls and educators.
This will be Naomi's fifth summer with Go Girls! Camp. She is a rising junior at Berkeley High School. In her free time, Naomi loves to spend time with her friends and family, play the flute, bake, and travel.
Rachel is so excited to be spending her third summer with Go Girls! She just graduated from high school and is continuing her education at the University of Oregon next year as a Human Physiology major. She has been in drama and choir all four years of high school and loves to act and sing. Rachel steps into her light when she is collaborating with girls to help them find their voices and shine.
Ms. Rhonda has worked with Go Girls! as a music specialist for four years. Her background as a musician includes choral ensemble singing and teaching both vocal and piano students. She currently performs as a vocalist with Chelles Juke Joint, Chelle and Friends and sings Gospel Music with renown Love Center Ministries. Last year, she started her own World Culture Children's Choir in Berkeley, California! Rhonda steps into her light when sharing her love and joy of music with her students. She's deeply rooted in her church and music communities!
Sreya is so excited to be returning to Go Girls! Camp for her second year! She is currently double majoring in Political Science and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Sreya steps into her light when she takes a stand on important issues and when she helps uplift voices in her community and others.
Camp Mama/Site Director
Theresa is s proud girl advocate and theatre artist. She believes in using creative expression to build confidence and leadership skills and is passionate about helping girls find their voices. Growing up, Theresa found her voice in the theatre and continues to do so both as an Actor onstage and as a Teaching Artist in the classroom. This is her 6th conservative year with Go Girls! Camp. She is very excited to welcome her own little Go Girl!, due this summer!
This will be Tilden's fifth year working for Go Girls! camp. She went to camp way back when it was called Glitter & Razz, and is thrilled to be back again. Tilden is going to be a junior at Berkeley High School in the fall, and enjoys taking literature, ceramics and film photography courses there. Some of her hobbies include painting, rock climbing, and photography. She feels best when she can use her light to help others shine.
Allison Kenny is an award-winner blogger, author, actor, and co-founder and Creative Director of Spotlight:Girls. – a certified B Corp that inspires, educates, and activates girls & women to take center stage. A multi-media platform and summer camp called Go Girls! ™, Spotlight: Girls gives girls the skills to step into their light and become the leaders we’ve all been waiting for.
As an author, Allison has written and published Starring Celia, a chapter book about a fictional Go Girl!, and Go Squirrel!, a series of coloring books aimed at teaching young readers complex social/emotional lessons through fun and accessible social stories.
Growing up in Phoenix, AZ in a house with 3 other sisters, Allison built her values through active engagement in softball teams, theater productions, show choir, and youth ministry programs. She was a natural leader from a young age who was particularly influenced by her role in WomanStory, a Phoenix-based organization that supports the spiritual and emotional development of women and girls in intergenerational, arts-based camps and retreats.
Prior to moving to San Francisco in 2002, Allison earned her B.A. in Theater Performance from Northern Arizona University. Performing and directing with Theater Outreach for Social Change, Allison traveled throughout the Southwest, touring a series of vignettes that depicted social issues central to the lives of teens and young adults. It was here that Allison’s passion for creating meaningful theater emerged.
Since 2002, Allison has worked in the Bay Area as a theater teaching artist with kids ages 2-18. For 5 years, she studied Floortime Play Therapy with Dr. Ilene Lee and worked as an inclusion facilitator with kids on the Autism Spectrum. Allison served as a Youth Development Trainer and specialist with the YMCA of San Francisco and The Children, Youth and Families Minister at First Congregational Church of Oakland and an ECE Trainer to Preschool Teachers across Alameda County. In 2012, she became a Certified Instructor with Kidpower, Teenpower, Fullpower International and leads safety workshops for kids and families all over the Bay Area.
Allison studied Self Revelatory Theater, Expressive Arts and Drama Therapy with Armand Volkas, MFT and the Living Arts Counseling Center. She is an ensemble member of the Living Arts Playback Theater Ensemble, a troupe of improvisational actors and musicians who “play back” personal stories of audience members in ways that both honor and illuminate the original experience.
Allison and wife, co-founder Lynn Johnson, adopted their daughter through the foster care system in 2015 in Oakland, CA. She writes about her family’s adventures as a queer, multi-racial family on the blog RaisingAGoGirl.com. As a blogger, Allison has been recognized by SheKnows Media as an Experts Among Us and has received awards from BlogHer’s Voices of the Year Award (2016) and HealthLine.com for Best LGBT Parenting Blog (2016 and 2017).
As a girl advocate, Allison believes women and girls are the world’s greatest natural resource. We bring creativity, compassion, nurture, resilience, reliability and love to any challenge and situation. When we forget that, the whole world suffers. Allison’s work is to create art, experiences, and books for girls and women to remember who we are and why we have value.
Lynn Johnson is a visionary entrepreneur, speaker, girl advocate, and Co-Founder/CEO of Spotlight: Girls – a certified B Corp that inspires, educates, and activates girls & women to take center stage. A multi-media platform and summer camp, Spotlight: Girls gives girls the skills to step into their light and become the leaders we’ve all been waiting for.
To date, Lynn has raised over $500,000 in capital to grow her business and prepare to franchise Go Girls! ™ - their popular summer camp - nationally. A sought-after speaker and facilitator, her work has been recognized by Ashoka Changemakers, SheEO, and ICA Fund Good Jobs. Lynn is the very first recipient of the Force for Good Fund, an accelerator focused on women/people-of-color entrepreneurs growing best-for-the world businesses. Most recently, she became the winner of SheKnows Media’s #ThePitch – a platform and video series launched to elevate, connect and coach female entrepreneurs.
Lynn wanted to be an actor when she was just 5 years old and has spent her whole life centered around the learning, teaching, and creation of theater. She spent her childhood moving throughout the northeastern U.S. until her family settled in Concord, MA her 8th grade year. Being a “drama geek” and 1 of only a few African American students living in the town at the time, Lynn developed a strong awareness of and commitment to those who live their lives “being different.” At a young age, she began to develop a personal and professional mission dedicated to using the art of theater to celebrate difference while building strong, peaceful, loving, and diverse communities.
For over 25 years, Lynn has worked with people of all ages from all over the country using theater as a tool for personal transformation and community development. After graduation from Northwestern University, she discovered her entrepreneurial tendencies when she founded TurnStyle Teen Theatre, a multicultural teen ensemble. The company used the process of creating original productions to explore themes central to the lives of its members. Also in Chicago, Lynn worked as a company member for Child’s Play Touring Theatre, a nationally recognized theater that performs stories and poems written by young people throughout the United States. Later, in Chapel Hill, NC she designed and directed a number of community-based educational programs that focused on literature, oral history, community building, and personal narrative. She served as the Education Director for both the StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance in Chapel Hill and Burning Coal Theatre Company in Raleigh. She also created programming for the Opera Company of North Carolina and directed The Village Whippersnapper Ensemble, a group of home-schooled students and their mothers that adapted and performed classics and original stories for local school groups and libraries.
Lynn regularly works as a facilitator, speaker, workshop leader, and consultant in the areas of girls education, youth development, arts education, social/emotional learning, and entrepreneurship. She works as a coach for Jenny Kassan Consulting and serves on the National Advisory Board of Teaching Artists Guild, the Board of Directors of the How Kids Learn Foundation, and the Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women.
Lynn and her wife and co-founder, Allison Kenny, live and work in Oakland, CA with their yappy dogs and squirrely Go Girl!, playing theater games at the dinner table and fighting to see who can be the bossiest.
We won’t let her lose her light.
In this time of #MeToo, we say NOT EVER.
Let's raise girls to be proud of who they are and where they are from.
Let's raise sons to honor and respect girls. Let's raise humans to love and accept and celebrate all genders.
It starts with us.
Your daughter is brave, confident, beautiful, vulnerable, bossy, dramatic, shy, creative, and magic. She’s growing up in a world where violence toward women is no longer tolerated.
We all agree to speak up. To speak out. It’s gonna take all of us.
She is our world’s greatest natural resource.
Each girl shines so bright.
Together, our daughters light the way towards a safer, more equitable, and more compassionate world.
We won’t let her lose her light.
THIS SUMMER, YOUR GO GIRL! WILL STEP INTO HER LIGHT. ONCE SHE TAKES CENTER STAGE, SHE WON’T EVER LEAVE IT.
This summer, your Go Girl! will:
- Learn to say yes to people, ideas, and experiences that light her up
- Learn to say no to people, ideas, and experiences that keep her from her light
- Learn from highly qualified teaching artists and fierce girl advocates
- Be inspired by Grammy-nominated Alphabet Rockers, best-selling author Kate Schatz, and other revolutionary artists, leaders, and entrepreneurs and changemakers
- Make plays, music, media, art, and books that empower her to take center stage in her life
- Build community with other girls & gender nonconforming kids across race and background to practice empathy, collaboration, and solving problems in peaceful and powerful ways
WHO: For rising 1st-6th grade girls and gender non-conforming kids
WHAT: There are two different Go Girls! programs depending on the age of your child -
- Go Girls! Camp - Rising 1st-4th grade girls learn social and emotional skills through the arts. Girls practice theater, expressive arts, music and perform their very own play that promotes pro-social values.
- Go Girls! Productions - Rising 5th & 6th grade produce, edit, direct, and star in their own short films. Girls learn to think critically about the media they consume while creating original girl-powered media.
WHEN: There are four 2-week sessions throughout the summer. Each session is Monday - Friday, 9am-4pm with a culminating performance and film screening on the final Friday of the session. Aftercare is available until 5:30pm.
- Session 1: June 18-29
- Session 2: July 9-20
- Session 3: July 23-August 3
- Session 4: August 6-17
WHERE: Go Girls! happens in three Bay Area Locations -
- OAKLAND (North) - North Oakland Community Charter School, 1000 42nd Street (Sessions 1-3 ONLY)
- OAKLAND (East) - Mills College Children's School, 5000 MacArthur Blvd (Session 1 ONLY, no Go Girls! Productions)
- BERKELEY - Shu Ren International School, 2125 Jefferson Avenue (Sessions 2-4 ONLY)
- Go Girls! Camp is $729 with an early bird rate of $679 when you register by February 15.
- Go Girls! Productions is $749 with an early bird rate of $699 when you register by February 15.
- Aftercare is available for an additional $75 per week (or $40 per day for drop-ins)
- Scholarships are available. Please click here for details.
- A deposit of 25% is required upon registration to hold your spot.
This is what bold and brave girls look like
Girls who have the courage to say yes to what they want and no to what they don't. Girls who have the courage to make mistakes and try again. Girls who have the courage to express all of their feelings through art, activism, and other audacious forms of expression. These are Go Girls! - and they are the leaders we have all been waiting for.This 8-minute document produced by Spotlight: Girls gives you a glimpse into the lives of a few Oakland, CA girls who have been Go Girls! for years. Let them inspire you to take center stage!
The camp day runs from 9am-4pm. Do you provide before/aftercare?
Yes. Before and aftercare are provided at all sites. Also, in the morning, you may drop your daughter off at 8:30am for no additional charge. More specific drop off and pick up information will be available when you register.
Can we sign up for just 1 week of camp?
No. Go Girls! Camp and Go Girls! Productions are both designed to be a cumulative experience for girls with a clear beginning, middle, and end. We understand that you may have to miss days here and there. That is fine. But you must be able to commit to the full program when you register.
Can we switch sessions after we register?
Sure, provided there is a spot available in your desired session. If there is not a spot available in your desired session, we can place you on the waitlist or keep you in your original session.
This is a change from years past. The play is at 3pm on the final Friday of camp in the performance space of the camp location your daughter is enrolled in.
What if we have to miss the last day?
Again, the camp is designed with a clear beginning, middle, and end. Although working on the play is not the only part of what we do at Go Girls! Camp, it is a very large part of the experience. Go Girls! are learning what it is like to create something they care about and to share the hard work of their play with a loving audience. Having to miss the final play is a real bummer – for your daughter and for us.
Go Girls! Camp is for girls ages 6-11. How do you serve such a wide age range? Will it really be developmentally appropriate for my daughter?
We believe that magic happens when girls and women come together across ages. Every Go Girls! Camp is a chance for girls to be in an all-girl community. Older girls become big sisters to the younger ones, practicing leadership, empathy and remembering how to play. Younger girls get to see what kind of 5th grader they might grow up and be one day.
In Go Girls! Productions (GGP), older girls will participate in their own classes led by their own teaching artists. However, at specific points in the day, GGP campers will be able to practice their leadership skills while building meaningful relationships across ages. This intergenerational environment is rounded out by our Go Girls! Leadership Team, our young Assistant Teachers, and our adult teaching staff.
It is very important for us that each girl have the opportunity to be met right where she is at. Go Girls! need times to build skills, go deep, be challenged and feel safe among their peers. At Go Girls! Camp, we break each session into Ensemble Groups, about 10-15 girls, based on age. These groups have their Drama and Expressive Arts classes together and they work together to build their own play that will be part of the final performance.
Who teaches Go Girls! Camps?
Go Girls! Camp grew out of the direct teaching of founders, Lynn Johnson and Allison Kenny. With the growth of Go Girls! Camps, Lynn and Allison are no longer the day-to-day teaching artists at the camps. However, they do show up regularly as guest artists. Allison sometimes leads Kidpower training for the girls and Lynn uses her 25 years of theater experience to help the girls explore their themes even deeper.
Instead, Lynn and Allison hire and train an incredible Go Girls! Camp staff. Each Go Girls! Camp is led by a Play Director (who teaches drama classes and directs the final play) and features an Expressive Artist (who teaches visual arts classes, leads Community Circles, and helps the girls create the visual elements of the final play) and a Music Specialist (who, of course, brings the funk!). We only hire teaching artists who share our vision for igniting a compassion revolution through the arts and have tons of experience teaching this age group. These leaders are supported by Assistant Teachers who are in charge during free play time and lend their incredible talents to classes and the final play. Our staff team is rounded out by our amazing Go Girls! Leadership Team (GGLT), our innovative counselor-in-training program for middle school girls. All of our staff also receives extensive training from Allison and Lynn before camps begin.
What is your camper/teacher ratio?
Our main goal is that every girl to feel safe, valued, and respected. To that end, our camps are intimate – 48 girls maximum with a 7 full-time staff members. In addition to those staff members, our Go Girls! Leadership Team members are on site to play with and role model for girls; all helping to create a loving environment.
What is your cancellation policy?
When you first complete your registration, we require you pay a deposit of 25% of your tuition to hold your place. This deposit is non-refundable. The balance for all camp sessions is due on May 1. In the event of a cancellation before May 1, we refund your balance in full (less the deposit). If you cancel after May 1, we refund your balance less an extra $50 cancellation fee and your initial deposit. If you cancel within 30 days of the first day of your summer camp, we will issue you a credit in the full amount of your balance (less the deposit and cancellation fee) for you to use towards next summer's Go Girls! Camp. This credit is non-transferable and will be valid for 365 days.
Do you have financial aid?
The vision of Spotlight: Girls is to ignite a compassion revolution by putting girls center stage. To that end, we set aside funds each year for the purpose of sharing the experience of Go Girls! with as many girls as possible. We use part of this money towards creating programs in specific communities of need. The rest we use to help girls in need attend our fee-based summer camps. If you are in need of assistance to attend summer camp, click here for more information.
What should she bring to camp each day?
Your daughter should arrive with her lunch (with a water bottle if possible) and enough food for a morning snack. We always have water and provide an afternoon snack. Girls should come dressed comfortably enough to move & groove, play outside, and risk a paint splatter here and there.
My daughter is coming to camp without anyone else she knows. She is shy and afraid of meeting new people. What will it be like for her?
The focus of Go Girls! is to teach and reinforce social/emotional skills through theater and expressive arts. Because of this, our main goal is for all kids to feel safe, heard, and respected and to teach them the skills to treat others with that same level of respect. The first couple of days of camp are dedicated to building our community so that everyone feels included. We begin and end each day in “Community Circle” to allow for ongoing connection opportunities. We play theater-inspired games that help girls feel comfortable working/playing with others they don’t know.
My daughter is afraid of performing/she has never done it before. What it will be like for her?
Many girls credit Go Girls! Camp as the first place they fell in love with performing because the environment is such a safe and nurturing space to explore. Plus, Go Girls! Camp is not simply a drama camp. We incorporate visual arts into each day so that girls with a diversity of interests, personalities, and learning styles find their way into the creativity. We never force anyone to perform in the final play if they don’t want to. However, this is rarely a problem. Since the girls make up the plays themselves, they are very invested in them and are usually quite passionate (a.k.a. jumping off the walls) about sharing their final product with a loving audience.
My daughter is very outgoing and has done lots of plays before. Will Go Girls! Camp build her skills?
Certainly. Camp founders Lynn Johnson and Allison Kenny are both professionally-trained actors with many years of experience both performing and teaching theater to people of all ages. They have designed Go Girls! Camps to teach BOTH performing skills AND collaborative skills. Creating and rehearsing a play from scratch in 2 weeks is not an easy feat for any artist, let alone young ones. They will feel the challenge of having to memorize lines very quickly, express emotions through the choices they make on stage, share their loud voices with audiences of 100+ people, and practices like active listening, generosity, and self-discipline it takes to strengthen their acting practice. It is important to say however, that the experience of making a Go Girls! Play is different than rehearsing a traditional play with an existing script. First of all, it is never longer than an hour long. And second, in the creation of the play, we work hard to make sure all girls are included. This means that, although older girls and/or girls with more performing experience may have a few more lines than other girls, no one girl is ever “the star of the show.” To girls with a lot of acting experience, the plays feel a little weird at first. But again, because all the girls are so invested in the making of the plays, they end up loving what they have created together.
My daughter has special needs. Is Go Girls! Camp right for her? How will you support her during camp?
We have a long history and proven track record of supporting children with special needs. When you register for camp, please share any and all information you want us to know about your daughter. At that time, Allison will contact you and set up a time to have a pre-camp discussion to get more details and learn more about what strategies you have that help your daughter succeed in school and other programs. This information is then passed along to the teaching artists in charge of that session.
My daughter is coming to camp with her friend. Can they be put in the same groups?
We can try our best. If they are the same age, they will most likely be in the same Ensemble Group. With Family Groups, we very intentionally work to mix it up so girls can get to know other girls at camp. Please keep in mind that there are only about 40 girls at camp and that there is plenty of free play time, and breaks for lunch, snack, and rest. Go Girls! always have a choice about who they spend these periods of time with.
My daughter isn’t quite 6. Can she still come to camp?
Go Girls! Camp is specifically designed to be developmentally appropriate for girls in elementary school. If your daughter has completed kindergarten and will be turning 6 soon, she is certainly welcome at Go Girls! Camp.
Didn’t you used to be called “Glitter & Razz?” What happened to Glitter & Razz?
Yes, we were founded in 2006 as Glitter & Razz Productions. For 5 years, the Glitter & Razz Dramatic Play Space was located in Rockridge neighborhood in the basement of the College Avenue Presbyterian Church. In that space, we offered a number of camps, classes, and birthday parties for girls and boys ages 4-11 in the summer and afterschool.
In September 2012, we decided to change the focus of our work to helping girls take center stage. We moved out of the space, we discontinued our programming for boys and younger kids. We stopped doing birthday parties. Glitter & Razz Productions was then focused on its main product, Go Girls! Camp.
Then, in May 2016, we changed the name of our business to Spotlight:Girls to better reflect the vision and focus of our work.
Are you a non-profit organization?
No. Spotlight: Girls a benefit corporation committed to using business as a tool for community-building and world-changing. We are always learning about new and innovative ways that businesses are involved in making real change happen and we partner with schools, other businesses, and non-profits in the work of making this a happier and healthier world. Co-founders Lynn and Allison specifically chose to become a for-profit in order to elevate the value of the work of professional teaching artists in our society.
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