viBe engages over 250 participants while also reaching over 500 New York City public school students and 1,000 audience members through performances at professional venues. They come to our organization from over 20 public high schools, predominantly in Brooklyn, & countless social service organizations throughout the 5 boroughs. 100% of viBe participants are girls of color, most live in under-resourced, low-income neighborhoods with poorly performing schools. While New York City public high schools have a 75% overall graduation rate and 70% graduation rate for Black and Latinx students, vibe maintains a 100% graduation rate from all its participants. Over 90% of viBe girls continue on to enroll in college attending universities such as: Syracuse, Temple, and Hampshire. And over 50% of our alumnae since 2002 remain in touch with us via social media and email, attend viBe performances and return as volunteers, interns and lecturers for current viBe girls.
Our audiences that we engage, mirror our participants’ demographics. viBe’s audiences are comprised of friends, teachers, family of the girls we serve and theatre lovers and arts activists. Our artists produce “new work that is relevant to diverse Brooklyn audiences”: experienced and inexperienced theatergoers. Our audiences represent a vast range of ages, genders, and ethnicities but many of them lack access to relatable, accessible theater. By keeping our performances free for families with suggested donations at the end of each show, we create an environment in which interested individuals can experience free, quality theater.
viBeStages is a collaborative performance experience in which 6-12 girls work with professional theater directors to write and perform an original show.
viBeSongMakers is an advanced, 6 month program offered each year, providing the tools for 6-8 viBe girls to express themselves through writing/recording, composing and arranging a full length album of songs. The program pairs viBe girls with professional musicians to receive basic music instruction, then guides girls through the songwriting and recording process, which results in an album that is celebrated with a live performance.
viBeApprentices is a leadership program geared toward viBe Alumnae in high school and college who have expressed an interest in exploring careers in theater.
viBeSolos is an advanced performance program where girls craft and perform their own 15 minute “one-girl” solo pieces in collaboration with an ensemble cast.
viBeTeenAudiences extends viBe’s reach into high school classrooms and community organizations through pre-performance workshops that introduce teenagers to the creative joys and powers of writing, editing, acting and performance.
viBeCompany is viBe’s pre-professional group of young adult artists who receive ongoing training, paid performance opportunities, and who devise original theater for viBe's invited performances. viBeCompany produces and performs one full length show each year.
viBe Leadership Institute is a 6 month training program for young women aged 18-24, created to help them develop the skills necessary to lead arts programs, and become arts practitioners in the field. Over 6 months, they attend training workshops, a retreat, and receive ongoing, one-on-one support from viBe trainers and staff. Through the Leadership Institute, viBe trains participants to be arts practitioners in their own right so that they are able to "pay it forward" by first learning, mastering, and implementing viBe's unique training, and then learning, mastering, and implementing best practices within the field.