July 1 - 21, 2013


The Summer Workshop is a three-week intensive workshop run by Rude Mechanicals, Austin’s award winning theatre collective, in which girls envision, create, publish, and perform original works for the stage based on their own life experiences. Girls work with professional writers, performers, and designers to put their stories on stage for two free public performances. The summer workshop kicks off the Grrl Action program-year, and graduates of the summer program are invited to participate in the year-round artistic mentorship program. No former experience with creative writing or performance is required.

How to get involved

Are you a girl between 13 and 16 who is interested in performing and writing? Are you excited about the idea of telling your own stories on stage? If so, Grrl Action might be a perfect fit for you. We look for girls with a desire to explore their creative voices in a diverse community of young women.

All participants in the summer workshop must complete an application prior to admission that helps us get to know them better and gather basic contact information and parent/guardian approval. To apply, contact Grrl Action Program Directors Madge Darlington and Jodi Jinks at .

Please mail your completed application to:

Rude Mechanicals

The Off Center

2211-A Hidalgo St.

Austin, TX 78702

Attn: Grrl Action

Do you work with greater-Austin youth? We frequently partner with and recruit from other community organizations that work with youth in the Austin area. If you’re involved with such an organization and/or know a girl who might be a good fit for Grrl Action, we’re eager to talk to you too. We will organize recruitment presentations, meetings with prospective applicants, and packets of information about the program at your request. Please contact Grrl Action Program Directors Madge Darlington and Jodi Jinks at .

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for the three-week summer workshop is $375. This covers all program expenses, including supplies, snacks, and any props, costumes, and technical needs for the final performances. Full and partial scholarships are available. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of need only, and no girl will be turned away from the program because of financial reasons.

Site photo credit:  Beverly Barrett Photography