four actors in rehearsal
We Didn’t Have Any Role Models
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We Didn’t Have Any Role Models

An Interview with the Founders of Wry Crips Disabled Women’s Theatre Group

21 August 2019

Michaela Goldhaber, current artistic director of Wry Crips, talks to the founding and early members of the disabled women’s theatre group about their history.

What Theatre Artists and Administrators Should Know About Sexual Harassment
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What Theatre Artists and Administrators Should Know About Sexual Harassment

21 March 2017

Cheryl Davis defines sexual harassment and hostile working environments, offering tips to both artists and administrators. 

A Brief History of the Gender Parity Movement in Theatre
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A Brief History of the Gender Parity Movement in Theatre

4 March 2017

Jenny Lyn Bader looks at theatre’s gender parity movement.

Women and Men in Robert Falls’ 2666
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Women and Men in Robert Falls’ 2666

13 October 2016

Leigh Bienen on the Goodman Theatre production of 2666 which adapts Roberto Bolaño’s nine-hundred and something page novel for the stage.

The Creative Commons, or “Commonly Creative”
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The Creative Commons, or “Commonly Creative”

27 September 2016

Playwright and attorney Cheryl Davis delves into the legal specifics of Creative Commons and fair use, explaining how artists can use them to fit their needs.

What Is a Feminist Play, Anyway?
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What Is a Feminist Play, Anyway?

Getting Specific

1 August 2016

Playwright Catherine Castellani kicks off a series investigating what makes a work of theatre feminist. 

Equity in Theatre
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Equity in Theatre

What exactly does it mean and what would it take to actually have it?

24 October 2015

Shellen Lubin summarizes the discussions and themes of the Equity in Theatre Symposium and International Summit on Gender Parity in Theatre, which took place in Toronto in April, 2015.

Portraying "The Other" in Performance
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Portraying "The Other" in Performance

Sylvia Milo's The Other Mozart

30 June 2015

Jess Applebaum on Sylvia Milo’s original solo performance as Nannerl, Mozart’s mostly-forgotten sister in The Other Mozart.

A Conversation with MOXIE Theatre’s Delicia Turner Sonnenberg
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A Conversation with MOXIE Theatre’s Delicia Turner Sonnenberg

7 May 2015

Jennifer Lane talks with MOXIE Theatre’s Delicia Turner Sonnenberg about shattering the stereotypes of women’s work and finding balance in her life.

Rape Culture “On Stage” or “As Subject”
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Rape Culture “On Stage” or “As Subject”

11 March 2015

Cecilia Copeland explores what her play R Culture brought up for her as a playwright, as well as what a play about “rape culture” means for her community at large.

Where Are The Women?
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Where Are The Women?

6 May 2014

The New York Times posed this question on April 29 when the Tony nominations were announced. It’s a problem that’s getting long in the tooth: for years we’ve known that over 60 percent of the ticket buyers and “butts in seats” are women, and yet less than 20 percent of the stories staged are written, directed or designed by them. Hmm.

My Non-Acting Job
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My Non-Acting Job

What’s Acting Got to Do With It?

31 March 2014

But this particular day I was walking uphill in ninety-five degrees heat wearing hosiery, a corset, a silk slip, a long sleeved collared shirt, a wool skirt and a wool coat. Oh, and a pretty doofy hat. "Boardwalk Empire" followed the unfortunate schedule of filming its winter scenes in summer and summer scenes in winter. At some point I muttered to myself, "I hate this."

The Art of Never Giving Up
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The Art of Never Giving Up

30 March 2014

 Jennifer Lane shares her thoughts on how to remain optimistic among the dismal realities of theatre-making. 

Women Directors
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Women Directors

Language Worth Repeating

5 March 2014

Director Jess K. Smith investigates women directors' use of language in theatre and calls for a revolution of women's use of language that is not apologetic, dominating, or rooted in fear.

The Revolution Will Be Systemic
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The Revolution Will Be Systemic

A Response to “Women Directors”

5 March 2014

Jess K. Smith calls for a “revolution of language” and a revolution is necessary. However, the revolution is not about language, it’s about creating a world built on respect, understanding, and bringing to an end a system of domination and submission. What budding female directors are doing when their words betray their confidence is allowing themselves to be thought of as submissive.

A Legend in Her Own Right
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A Legend in Her Own Right

Interview with Black-Eyed Susan

13 November 2013

Alexis Clements interviews actress Black-Eyed Susan.

What’s A Nice Girl Like Me Doin’ In A Place Like This?
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What’s A Nice Girl Like Me Doin’ In A Place Like This?

13 November 2013

Cheryl Lynn Bruce provides her experience post-college as a template for making art: collaborate, learn from others, and try everything.

A generic theatre award.
A Response to Bess Rowen’s "A League of Their Own"
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A Response to Bess Rowen’s "A League of Their Own"

23 September 2013

Eliza Bent investigates how and why awards are valuable when the field seems clustered with them.

A League of Their Own
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A League of Their Own

League of Professional Theatre Women’s International Theatre Award

22 September 2013

Adara Meyers offers a brief overview of the League of Professional Theatre Women.

Creative Businesswomen and Making Theater Happen
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Creative Businesswomen and Making Theater Happen

1 July 2013

Stepping into the business side of theatre offered Chloë Rae Edmonson a chance to explore the driving factors behind theatrical decisions

Interview with Sarah Benson by Bess Rowen
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Interview with Sarah Benson by Bess Rowen

30 June 2013

Bess Rowen interviews Sarah Benson on her role as the artistic director of Soho Rep.

Stories that Need to be Heard
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Stories that Need to be Heard

7 May 2013

Alicia Anabel Santos contributes to our series with League of Professional Theatre Women with a blog about founding the NYC Latina Writers Group.

A knight slaying a dragon.
Slaying the Dragon
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Slaying the Dragon

6 May 2013

Kristine M. Reyes writes about the loneliness of being a playwriting... and the saving grace of having other writers to help slay one's inner dragons.

A still from the play Wild Bride.
Joining the Band
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Joining the Band

25 March 2013

Brooke Christensen reflects on her encounters with Emma Rice and Kneehigh's work, and the power of belonging in the audience – whether for 90 minutes and an intermission, or for the rest of one's life.

Travelin’ Band
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Travelin’ Band

Interview with Emma Rice

24 March 2013

Bessie Rowen interviews Emma Rice about her international touring theatre company, diversity, and collaboration. 

Re-Imagining the Imagination (A Meditation on Unicorns)
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Re-Imagining the Imagination (A Meditation on Unicorns)

12 February 2013

Nia Witherspoon writes on the importance of unicorns in the American theatre: the importance of being different, resilient, and with one's hooves permenantly stuck in the dirt.

Sexy Bitches, Notes to God, and Unicorns
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Sexy Bitches, Notes to God, and Unicorns

An Interview with Patricia Ione Lloyd

11 February 2013

Virginia Grise interviews Playwright Patricia Ione Lloyd about her work and process.

A photo from The Golden Veil.
Kicking It Grounded Style
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Kicking It Grounded Style

4 January 2013

The lack and cost of space is quite often a hinderance for young artists.  Ben Gassman discusses how can they break past that and focus on the art.

Theater Hat Jugglers
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Theater Hat Jugglers

Interview with Ruth Maleczech, Normandy Raven Sherwood, and Julie Atlas Muz

3 January 2013

Jody Christopherson interviews theatre heavyweights Ruth Maleczech, Normandy Raven Sherwood, and Julie Atlas Muz.

Logo for the Indiana Repertory Theatre.
We are all trying to take risks while being good stewards
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We are all trying to take risks while being good stewards

4 December 2012

Janet Allen responds to our interview between Lynne Meadow and Gladys Chen, and reflects on the paths women have blazed for us... and how we can continue that tradition into future generations.

Manhattan Theatre Club Logo.
Risky Business
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Risky Business

A Conversation Between Lynne Meadow and Gladys Chen

3 December 2012

Lynne Meadow chats with Gladys Chen about their theatres, who and what shaped them as artists and leaders, and how they manage their lives outside of theatre.

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