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Alecia Whitaker and Ellen Hagan have been working collaboratively and creatively for over a decade. They both attended the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts (GSA) during high school and majored in creative writing. They then went on to get their BFA's in acting at The University of Kentucky, working on both main-stage and black box productions of their work. Although both now consider New York their home, their ties to the South remain strong with performances, workshops, and teaching residencies throughout the region.

In 2002, Whitaker and Hagan began to think seriously about creating a two-woman show that would combine their loves of both acting and writing. They received funding from both the Kentucky Foundation for Women (KFW) and the Toyota Alumni Performance Fund through GSA. In addition, they received a week-long residency at The Hopscotch House in Prospect, Kentucky, a retreat center for women artists provided by KFW. This allowed the women to write an original two-woman show, Becoming Woman, a coming-of-age piece that borrows from their own personal stories to address universal issues pertinent to all young girls on their way towards becoming women.

Becoming Woman debuted at the Governor’s School for the Arts in 2003 and has continued to be a highlight at the summer program for the past seven years. In 2004, Becoming Woman was a New York International Fringe Festival selection, and since then the show has been performed for numerous high schools, arts centers, and professional theatres.

Whitaker and Hagan have continued to write and publish their own work, along with essays about womanhood and what it means to be a young woman growing up today. They are currently accepting bookings for their fast-paced 50 minute show, followed by their 60 minute writing and performance workshops that help other young men and women to tell their own stories. They would love to bring their show and workshops to you. For bookings, please visit the Contact page.