FYI: More Links to Yvette's Theatre Advocacy Efforts
In addition to my articles in HowlRound, I am pleased to share a few resources highlighting my recent advocacy efforts which help keep the conversation moving forward!
- After the Essay An Instagram Live Chat (air date: 3/7/23). Yvette discusses her HowlRound essay, A Dream Deferred: Black, Indigenous, and Women+ of Color Playwright Activists. https://www.instagram.com/p/Cpf-ggzBg8P/
- First Online With Fran (podcast air date: 09/14/22). Ordinary people doing extraordinary things in the arts. Yvette Heyliger: Lessons to Learn – First Online with Fran
- WomenWorthy (podcast air date: 0/6/13/2022). "Sexism and Ageism in the American Theatre". If you enjoy theater, ever wonder why there are so few plays with older women as the lead? Or written or directed by older women? And what IS "older", anyway? Two longtime theater women, Yvette Heyliger (Honor Roll! Executive Committee Member) and Christine Mosere (Artistic Director, The Endangered Species Theatre Project) talk to Paulette Lee about the realities of ageism and sexism in the American theater and how their respective organizations are attempting to change the reality. Listen online at womanworthy.podbean.com.
Honor Roll! Presents: A Conversation with Literary Agent Beth Blickers (January 29, 2022). Honor Roll! is an advocacy group of women+ playwrights over 40 and our women+ allies over 40. In this interview, Honor Roll! Executive Committee member and playwright, Yvette Heyliger, hosts Agency for the Performing Arts (APA) literary agent, Beth Blickers who answers industry-related questions from Honor Roll! members that we all need answers to but didn’t have access to an agent to ask. A Conversation with Beth Blickers - YouTube.
The Oral History Project, a longstanding program of the League of Professional Theatre Women in partnership with the New York Public Library, chronicles and documents the contributions of significant theatre women in all fields. In this article, Yvette Heyliger recaps the May 24, 2021, Oral History Project interview of Olivier Award-Winning and 4-time Tony Award-nominated producer Alia Jones-Harvey by a former interviewee of The Oral History Project, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage. Recap: Oral History w/ Alia Jones Harvey (theatrewomen.org).
Performing MeToo: How Not to Look Away (Judith Rudakoff, Editor, 05/10/2021). Yvette Heyliger contributes an essay, #MeToo: Theatre Women Tell Their Stories (Chapter 19), which documents a first-of-it's kind #MeToo event highlighting the stories of women in the theatre. The event by the same name, produced by Heyliger and Dominique Sharpton-Bright, was held at the National Action Network's House of Justice in New York City on March 18, 2018, at the height of the #MeToo movement. The essay includes excerpts of the work of three participating playwrights, Raquel Almazan, Prudence Wright Holmes, and Heyliger. "Performing #MeToo: How Not to Look Away does not attempt to deliver a comprehensive examination of how #MeToo is performed. What it does aim at presenting is a set of perspectives on the events identified as representative of the movement through a lens or lenses that are multinational, as well as work and analysis from a variety of time periods, written in a diversity of styles. By providing this means of engaging with examples of the many interpretations of and responses to the #MeToo movement, and by identifying these responses (and those of audiences) as provocations, of examples of how not to look away, the collected chapters are intended to invite reflection, discussion and, hopefully, incite action". Intellect Books | Performing #MeToo - How Not to Look Away, Edited by Judith Rudakoff
- The Dramatist Blog. (07/15/2020). "Honor Roll!: We Got This". In this article for the Dramatists Guild, Yvette Heyliger discusses the (at that time) newly formed HONOR ROLL!, an advocacy group for women+ playwrights over forty and their women+ over 40 allies and gives a brief history of New York-based organizations which preceded it. "We are the generation excluded at the outset of our careers because of sexism, now overlooked because of ageism. We celebrate diversity in theater and work to eliminate age discrimination as it intersects with sexism and other biases including those based on race, gender identity, ethnicity, faith, socioeconomic status, disability, and sexual orientation in the American Theater and beyond". Honor Roll!...We Got This | Dramatists Guild.