You Sound Like a Girl


September 10-15 2019

IN RESIDENCE: August 20 – September 16, 2019

What does it mean to “sound like a girl?” You Sound Like a Girl is a performance and voice workshop that investigates social norms surrounding women’s voices in order to answer and dismantle this question. 

PERFORMANCES: 9/10-9/15  
TIME: Tues-Sat 7:30pm, Sat-Sun 2pm
PRICE: $15
At IRT:154 Christopher st. NYC #3B (third floor)

Starting in infanthood, women’s voices are constantly critiqued, conditioned, and policed: shrill, harsh, sexy, sing-songy, girly, loud, quiet, etc. No wonder so many women are silenced, since every time they open their mouths they are subject to scrutiny. And what does it even mean to sound “like a girl?” The You Sound Like a Girl performance and voice workshop seeks to both answer and dismantle this question.

Artists/Creative Team & Bios

Colleen Hughes (Director/Creator, she/her) is a Brooklyn based director and arts administrator, and creator of You Sound Like a Girl. Her select directing credits include, What Screams I Hear are Mine by Annalise Cain (reading, The Tribe Theatre Company), The Shapes We Make With Our Bodies by Meg Whiteford (The Hive), Jelly Bean Junkyard by Sean Pollock (Under St. Marks), Chatroom by Enda Walsh (The Hive), Let Them Eat Cake by Ted Malawer (TinyRhino), and Disco Pigs by Enda Walsh (A.R.T.’s Oberon). Her assisting credits include 12th Night by William Shakespeare, directed by Shira Millikowsky (A.R.T. Institute) and Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, directed by Phil Soltanoff (Skidmore College). Colleen studied directing at the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and theater at Skidmore College.

Joy Lanceta Coronel (Vocal Consultant, she/her) is a voice, speech, and dialect coach based in NYC. In addition to coaching privately, Joy has coached alongside Centre Theatre Group, Ma-Yi Theatre, NAAP, New Dramatists, Attic Theatre Co, and Comedy Central. She has served as speech faculty at HB Studio, AADA, and College of Staten Island. Joy holds an MFA in Voice Studies from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London.

Christian Hansen Appel (Performer, they/them, she/her) is a white, radical, queer, non-binary trans femme arts activist, performance artist, and musician. They are a founder of The TransGenerational Theatre Project, a multigenerational applied theatre project for trans and gender non-conforming people.  They are a graduate of the CUNY MA in Applied Theatre program and they are the Women’s and Arts Program Coordinator at the Edie Windsor SAGE Center. They create solo performance work that explores trans rage, grief, and ritual, and they have performed with Sacred Circle Theatre Company, Trans Voices Cabaret, Heels on Wheels, Musical Theatre Factory, and as Chelsea Manning in Won’t Be A Ghost (The Brick).

Martina Fernandes (Performer, she/her) is a Queens-based actress, writer, and pianist currently studying at the Atlantic Acting School in New York City. She is dedicated to women’s and queer rights as well as keeping the conversation of what true inclusivity means active and challenged. She thanks her mom and dad for all of their love, and the women of You Sound Like a Girl for their teachings and bravery.

Sara Jane Munford (Performer, she/her) is a multimedia performance artist, designer and puppeteer based in Brooklyn, New York. She is the resident set designer and puppet captain of Little Did Productions. Currently, Sara Jane is working on birth/control/project, a community based art making process and art installation intended to create a space to empower female identifying participants in the pursuit of autonomy over their bodies. For more information, email

Brennan O’Rourke (Performer, they/them, ze/zir) is a white, queer, trans-femme theatre practitioner, teaching artist, sexuality health educator and poet dedicated to queer inclusivity, anti-racist practices, and radical access. Their work as a director and playwright has been showcased at NYU Gallatin, Dixon Place, Manhattan Repertory Theatre and Skidmore College. Upcoming projects in The Queerly Festival at The Kraine Theater, the HOT! Festival at Dixon Place, and The Rogue Theatre Festival at 13th St Repertory Theater. Ze holds a BA in Dramatizing Justice from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and is currently pursuing an MA in Applied Theatre at CUNY School of Professional Studies. Follow @ksbrennan1 on Instagram.

Alessandra Ruiz (Performer, she/her) is a Latina actress who moved from Los Angeles this January. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a B.A. in Theatre Arts, emphasis in Devised/Physical Theatre. Her NY tenure has already included shows at the Gene Frankel Theatre and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Alessandra is very excited to be creating with the You Sound Like a Girl cast and crew. She wants to use theatre to open minds and hearts and create a more understanding society, and believes theatre is a powerful art form that can truly make change.

Samantha Joy Singh (Performer, she/her) is elated to be apart of the You Sound Like a Girl cast. Samantha Joy recieved her BFA in Musical Theater from the competitive program at Pace University (NYC). Born and raised in New York, she has spent the last few years in San Francisco and Minneapolis where she’s been blessed to perform and teach performing arts. Her most recent credits include Doris in Supernatural: The Play, Electra in Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Lord Angelou in Measure for Measure, and Mary Magdalene in The Womyn’s Mysteries. Samantha Joy would like to thank her family, friends, parents, and husband Devon for their consistent encouragement of her dreams over the last few unpredictable years. If it weren’t for all of their support, she truly wouldn’t be here.

Rachel Levens (Dramaturg, she/her) is a Brooklyn based new play director, dramaturg, and applied theater artist. Rachel’s directing has been seen at La MaMa, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, United Solo, The Tank, Dixon Place, Hudson Guild, and The International Human Rights Festival at The Wild Project. Her dramaturgy work has ranged from production dramaturgy, new play development, literature performance, and dance dramaturgy. She is the resident dramaturg for The Holding Project, a dance company based in Portland, Oregon. Rachel holds a BFA in Theater with an emphasis in Original Works from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA.

Emily Rose Prats (Producer, she/her) came to NY more than a decade ago to get her BFA in Drama from NYU/Tisch. Since then, she’s produced a country music EP, performed Shakespeare, voiced commercials, taught music to children, and now works in marketing for startups. She believes in theatre as a teaching tool and hopes You Sound Like a Girl can empower women and girls to stop internalizing misogyny and make themselves heard. Follow her thrifty, feminist adventures on insta @the_gremily and/or offer to publish her children’s book.

Ran Xia (Sound Designer)

Sarah Finkle (Scenic Designer)

IRT Theater is a grassroots laboratory for independent theater and performance in New York City, providing space and support to a new generation of artists. Tucked away in the old Archive Building in Greenwich Village,  IRT’s mission is to build a community of emerging and established artists by creating a home for the development and presentation of new work. Some of the artists we have supported include Young Jean Lee, Reggie Watts and Mike Daisey.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts, and The Nancy Quinn Fund, a project of ART-NY.

PLEASE NOTE: All sales final and there is no late seating at IRT Theater.
***IRT is a fully wheelchair-accessible facility.***