Genre: Drama, Dance, Kids, Musical, Festival, Other
Written by the 2010-2011 Project Girl Performance Collective and Directed by Ashley Marinaccio

GirlPower: Survival of the Fittest is an empowering, ensemble-driven collection of words written and performed by teenagers, struggling with issues they face growing up in today's world. In deeply personal material based on real interviews and experiences, the young women explore topics such as peer pressure, body image, being an outcast, different, flawed, and full of dreams for the future. They share their perspectives on love, relationships, current events, the future and creating change. Audiences can expect to walk away with a renewed sense of their own empowerment, regardless of age and gender.

created and performed by the Project Girl Performance Collective
directed by Ashley Marinaccio and Jessica Greer Morris
edited by Elizabeth Koke and Lara Gold
assistant directed/stage managed by Katherine Sommer and Alexa Winston

About the Company: The Project Girl Performance Collective

The Project Girl Performance Collecitve empowers young women by creating a safe space to address contemporary social, political and cultural issues through the performing arts and written word. The Project Girl Performance Collective is committed to the idea of theatre and performance as a medium for awareness, action and social change. Visit them online at

About the Company: Co-Op Theatre East

Founded in April of 2008, Co-Op Theatre East (COTE) believes in the power of art to foster a dialogue for social change. COTE provides an entertaining performance forum in which to ask evocative, challenging questions of artists and audiences on our way to creating collaborative answers. For more information, please visit


Open:   08/15/10
Close:   08/26/10

SUN August 15th @ 2:00pm
THUR August 19 @ 4:45pm
FRI August 20 @ 4:00pm
SAT August 21 @ 7:15pm
*THUR August 26 @ 4:00 pm
*Followed by a moderated talkback with cast/crew
Theater:   Robert Moss Theatre
Address:   440 Lafayette
New York, NY
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Buy Tickets Online or Call: FringeNYC at 212-279-4488
Company: Co-Op Theatre East         Official Web Site:

Midwestern born and raised, Emily attended The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, School for Film/TV. She has performed duties in all aspects of the entertainment industry from writing, producing and script editing, to performing and directing; but she has a special passion for being in the spotlight. An alumni of Project Girl Performance Collective, Emily has become a well spoken public figure for female empowerment and raising self-confidence in young women around the world. She pas performed her original work at The New Jersey State Theater, The Chicago State Theater, and even The White House. She has been seen on PBS, TED talks, and featured on German National News Network, ARD. She is also a singer/songwriter/musician who plays the acoustic guitar, ukulele, flute, and piccolo. Her original music has also been heard around the US at coffee shops, theaters, and concert halls as well as on radio stations in New York, Canada, and the UK that broadcast around the world. Emily enjoys performing, especially her original work, and using her music and voice to inspire anyone willing to listen. A few recent credits include Cause of Failure(FullStop Collective), L'Espirt de L'Escalier (Rising Phoenix Rep),Ten Years Later... (PGPC/Co-Op Theater East at Playwrights Horizons), It's Been Arranged (director, performer, writer with PGPC on a national tour with the United Nations Foundation, Girl Up). To find out more information and to hear some of Emily's music, go to

Arianna is a 14-year-old high school student at Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy. Arianna is an aspiring ‘Triple Threat';she began studying dance at age 3 and discovered her love for acting and singing at age 9. Arianna has appeared as a dancer in the Nickelodeon show, iCarly; she was showcased as a singer at Dillon's Cabaret, and has performed in several community theatre and school productions. Arianna's passion is to Perform---to be an artist who creates and communicates-on stage, in all forms of media, and as a singer-song writer.

Dominique has been a member of MCC youth company ( a professional off-Broadway company hosted in NYU) since 2006 she is credited for "Uncensored" 07,08,09,10 (where she wrote and performed original monologues). She was "Nia" in "Freshplay" 07 and again in 09 as Clarisse in "Dear Diary." She performed in the "Estrogenius Festival" 07starring in "kid sister", months later she was in the "ID America Play Festival" 07 starring in "Prospect Park. She was in Columbia University's BTE festival "Hurry Love." and performed in two "Girl Power" shows, one of which was in the 2009 International Fringe Festival. She played "Gloria" in the Last days of Judas Iscariot at Pace University and performed in pace's production of the vagina monologues. She is a contest winning spoken word artist, and basketball.

Kristina currently studies at the Lee Strasberg Institute. Some of her previous theater credits include: Dora the Explorer Live, Saraa in A-K 47 Sing-Along, William Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz, King's Page in Pucelandia, Sarah in Guys and Dolls, and Cheshire Cat in Wonderland. Kristina has appeared as a spelling bee contestant on MTV and recently had a great time filming several episodes for the web show College Humor.

Katherine is a 16-year-old who will be a senior at Red Bank Catholic High School in the fall. She loves acting and hopes to pursue a career in musical theatre in the future. She is so unbelievably excited to be a part of Project Girl Performance Collective for the first time!! Thanks to my family and friends for their constant support and love.

Lillian Rodriguez was raised in the Bronx, and just graduated from NYU with a BFA in Theatre. She was most recently in Chekhov's Ivanov at the Marilyn Monroe Theatre, Girl Power: Survival of the Fittest at NYC Fringe Festival 2010, Orit Ben Shitrit's art installation film 'Men Die and They Aren't Happy' which debuted at Times Square Art Galleries, and continued on to ZOOM Contemporary Art Fair in Miami. She is thrilled to be working with Co-Op Theatre East!

Amber, age 18, was born and raised in Queens, New York on February 4, 1992. At the age of three, she began dance classes at Genesis Dance School. She has been in many dance recitals and has taken acting lessons. Amber has been auditioning since the age of ten. At the age of twelve, Amber was accepted to the Theatre Arts Center, a camp for musical theatre, where she learned how to sing and dance on stage. In 2008, she was apart of an off-off Broadway play called Documentary: A Suicide Narrative. In 2009, Amber was apart of Girl Power which was accepted into the New York City International Fringe Festival. Amber attends the Edge School of the Arts (ESOTA) where she is taken modern, tap, hip-hop and ballet. In 2008, Amber danced with the Elite Marching Band/Elite Dream Girls in Queens, where they performed at the Puerto Rican Day parade and parades around NYC. At school, Amber is a member of the National Honor Society, Campus Ministry (which is a club that does community service), Newspaper, and she is a creative board member for the school's Drama Club. Amber is currently working on a dance number for her school's first annual Talent Show.

Camille's love for performing started when she was seven years old; while belting her face off to Whitney Houston in the car, she realized this was her dream. This grew into years of choir throughout school and dancing competitively through age 14 to 18. In 2007 Camille moved to New York to make her dream a reality. The streets of New York were much different from the forests in Colorado but she fell in love right away. In May of 2009 she graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy.Since then, Camille has performed all around New York City; acting, singing, dancing and stand up comedy. Whether in front of the camera or on stage her goal is to portray a true character and tell a great story.Not only does she perform but writes as well. She writes stand up, comedic songs, sketch comedy, and even slam poetry. Her material has been performed at the New York Comedy Club, Don't Tell Mama Cabaret, Girl Power: Survival of the Fittest, We Can Speak: Children's Rights convention at the U.N., and An Evening of Laughing Banter. She feels lucky to be here in New York, pursuing her dream, and is thankful for all the many blessings in her

Deanna simply loves to sing, dance, act and write songs. In June 2005, Deanna performed in her first theatre production at Gateway Playhouse in Evita. Since then, she has performed in more than 30 theatre productions! Deanna has performed a variety of roles from Paprika in Blues Clues Live! to Anne Frank in the Diary of Anne Frank. As a scholarship student at Deborah Gibson's Camp Electric Youth in Los Angeles, Deanna was inspired to write several original songs. She recently performed her song "Rainbow Out of Tears" before the Girlpower show at the Estrogenius Festival in New York City. Deanna is on the Dream Makers Performing Arts dance team , Lisa Maietta Rybacki , director ( dance captain Grease national tour ). She is a member of the National English Honor Society; and a 2010 Shakespeare Competitor at The English Speaking Union of New York.

Samantha is a 15-year-old, high honor roll student involved in many school activities. She has performed with a number of theater groups credits include: Patrice in “13 The Musical”, Rizzo in “Grease”, Arthur in “Flat Stanley”. Her most memorable was Seahorse in “Sign of the Seahorse” performed at the John F. Kennedy Center with iTheatrics. When not preparing for her next show, she enjoys reading and writing. Sam would like to thank her family, friends and fellow cast members for sharing the NY Fringe Festival experience with her.

Kristen is a Senior BFA Acting Major at Pace University. Kristen’s first independent film in which she played a principal was 3 Americas (America).  The script was a finalist at Sundance Screenwriters Lab and in the NY Latino Film Festival (2007). Past credits include: Class Trip (Gloria), Hoop Girls (Mercedes), The Onion (Amazon Princess). This is Kristen’s first time performing in the Fringe Festival and is extremely excited.

Stacey is ecstatic to be performing in GirlPower: Survival of the Fittest! Intoxicated by theatre since the age of seven, she has been in a countless number of productions. Past performances include Noises Off (Belinda/Flavia), Grease (Jan), Hamlet (Gertrude), Into the Woods (Rapunzel) and more. Stacey recently appeared in a public service announcement for the Department of Motor Vehicles and a commercial for Art on Fire. Last summer she studied drama at Carnegie Mellon University and will continue her studies this fall at Muhlenberg College.

Born and raised in Manhattan. Strong student at a The Horace Mann School. After school activities include managing the Girls' Varsity Tennis Team, presiding as Vice President of the Rock Climbinng Club and writing for several periodicals. She is the youngest person signed with The Luedtke Agency. Alexa was recently filmed in the Haute & Bothered 2 (Webisode), where she modeled the winning runway dress and earned her first SAG credit.Modeled with MMG 2009-10. She paricipated in several runways shows,webisodes and modeling videos this year. Alexa enjoys volunteering at Mt. Sinai Childrens' Hospital where she prepares and sings for "Star Search". Has been regularly working with Bill Hopkins to hone her acting skills.

Nora Kennedy is ecstatic to be in the Fringe Festival, and to be working with Ashley and Elizabeth again! Nora was born with a passion for theater, dance, music and art, and has been performing for family and friends since she was two years old. In the fall, she will be starting her freshman year at Pace University as a History major. Credits include: General Cartwright in “Guys & Dolls” (Staples Players); “Documentary: a Suicide Narrative” (Co-Op Theater East); GirlPower: Voices of a Generation (Estrogenius Festival 2008); Sharon, the waitress in “All in the Timing” (Staples Players); Victoria in “Cats” (Staples Summer Theater). With gratitude to Peter, Susan, the HB Studio, Connecticut Dance School, and, of course, to her amazing family, friends and dogs, Clarence and Percival. GirlPower girls—rock on.