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Laura Shamas

In 2017, Laura Shamas, PhD, was part of the Playwrights Revolution Festival at Capital Stage, Sacramento, with her play Circular. ​In November, her​ short play Seeds won the 2017 Von Marie Atchley Award for Excellence in Playwriting from Native Voices at the Autry.​

#52PlaysbyWomen
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#52PlaysbyWomen

An Advocacy Action Introspection

19 December 2017

Laura Shamas reports on the successes and challenges of launching the year-long social media campaign #52PlaysbyWomen.

Women Playwrights
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Women Playwrights

Who is Keeping Count?

21 May 2014

Is there really no institution in 2014 that will sponsor an ongoing annual study of American women playwrights working in theater seasons around the country (and directors, producers, designers, for that matter)? What if there were a way to fund some sort of new national study, to formalize a precise methodology of what shows/seasons to count and when, and get an accurate assessment of what the gender equity percentages for women playwrights in the United States really are in 2014? If we can’t find an institution or university that will fund this (which seems a shame), is there a DIY way to organize an all-inclusive study that includes every region of the country? Can we pool our resources and do this?

How to Build Gender Parity Initiatives and Influence Theater
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How to Build Gender Parity Initiatives and Influence Theater

11 October 2012

Laura Shamas on the steps she and Jennie Webb took to create of the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative, and the lessons they have learned along the way.