Gender Politics

Writing about and video of theatre pieces that deal with gender, as well as gender issues in the field as a whole.

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What I Learned About Gender Parity and Racial Diversity from Running a Global Participatory Initiative
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What I Learned About Gender Parity and Racial Diversity from Running a Global Participatory Initiative

by Chantal Bilodeau
24 March 2019
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Dr. Sara BT Thiel on Pregnancy on the Stage in Early Modern English Drama
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Dr. Sara BT Thiel on Pregnancy on the Stage in Early Modern English Drama

4 September 2018

How do you depict pregnancy when you're working with an all-male cast? Dr. Sara BT Thiel joins us to discuss this and other issues connected to pregnancy on the Stuart stage.

On Harassment Policies for Critics in the Age of #MeToo
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On Harassment Policies for Critics in the Age of #MeToo

26 August 2018

Kitty Drexel discusses how the New England theatre community is working to improve their harassment policies, and what the critic's role can be in making inclusive spaces that are safe for all.

How Post-Colonial Imagination Can Make Theatre into an Agent of Revolution
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How Post-Colonial Imagination Can Make Theatre into an Agent of Revolution

16 August 2018

Using three different plays—M. Butterfly, Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart, and QPH—playwright Massi Monfiletto examines theatre’s revolutionary potential.

The Rise of Women in Chilean Theatre
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The Rise of Women in Chilean Theatre

6 June 2018

Elana Gartner, founding co-chair of the International Centre for Women Playwrights 50/50 Applause Award, interviews Chilean playwright Sally Campusano about women in theatre in her home country.

Decolonizing Theatre/La Descolonización del Teatro
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Decolonizing Theatre/La Descolonización del Teatro

an Introduction/Introducción

27 May 2018

Annalisa Dias and Madeline Sayet introduce the Decolonizing Theatre series by exploring the ways the American theatre has been and still is complicit in the legacy of colonialism.

Roma Artists Telling Stories of Resistance, Not Victimhood
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Roma Artists Telling Stories of Resistance, Not Victimhood

24 May 2018

Mihaela Drăgan interviews Sandra and Simonida Selimovic of Mindj Panther about their show Roma Armee, and the activist work they are doing in Austria to fight against Roma oppression.

Sustaining a Career as a Female Playwright in Ireland
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Sustaining a Career as a Female Playwright in Ireland

10 May 2018

Pamela McQueen talks to Irish playwright Deirdre Kinahan about the political nature of her work, her creative process, and how she's sustained a prolific career as a female playwright.

The Ugly Truth about Arts Institutions Led by Women of Color
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The Ugly Truth about Arts Institutions Led by Women of Color

9 May 2018

Founder and executive artistic director of Dallas’s Bishop Arts Theatre Center Teresa Coleman Wash looks at the realities of running a theatre company as a woman of color.

Southern-Style Sisterhood
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Southern-Style Sisterhood

How the Women of Nashville Claim Their Space

25 April 2018

Producer and director Jessika Malone explores the theatre scene in her hometown of Nashville, Tennesee focusing on the powerhouse women who are at the helm of many of the city’s most significant arts organizations.

Gender Parity in Canadian Theatre
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Gender Parity in Canadian Theatre

15 April 2018

Elana Gartner, founding co-chair of the International Centre for Women Playwrights 50/50 Applause Award, interviews Rebecca Burton, co-founder of Equity in Theatre at the Playwrights Guild of Canada, about gender parity for women playwrights in Canada.

#MeToo
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#MeToo

Power, Complicity, and Collective Responsibility

11 April 2018

Holly L. Derr writes about recent cases of sexual harassment in the American theatre, and asks when and how institutions and abusers will truly be held accountable.

Shifting the Leadership Paradigm
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Shifting the Leadership Paradigm

the Berkshire Leadership Summit and Beyond

9 April 2018

Sara Brookner interviews the steering committee of the Berkshire Leadership Summit, which brought together a hundred present and future US and Canadian women leaders to discuss equity and advancement in the theatre field.

Representation Matters
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Representation Matters

The Monologue Project

8 April 2018

Gab Cody reflects on the birth of The Monologue Project, an initiative that started in Pittsburgh, USA and Dallas, USA to increase the canon of audition-length monologues for women of African Descent.

Taking Shakespeare’s Measure in the Twenty-First Century
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Taking Shakespeare’s Measure in the Twenty-First Century

Dr. Nora Williams and Measure (Still) for Measure

3 April 2018

Dr. Nora Williams joins us to talk about Measure (Still) for Measure, a devised theatre project in the US that revises Shakespeare's infamous "problem play" in order to engage with issues such as sexual consent.

Manahatta's Gender Flip
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Manahatta's Gender Flip

Equity in Action

2 April 2018

Holly Derr discusses the dramaturgical implications of playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle changing one of her characters to a woman in her newest play Manahatta, which premiered at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in March 2018.

(Women’s) History Matters
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(Women’s) History Matters

27 March 2018

Playwright and professor Tammy Ryan explores three initiatives seeking to introduce historic and contemporary plays written by women (back) into the canon.

Making Theatre Out of Slam Poetry
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Making Theatre Out of Slam Poetry

25 March 2018

Yan Chen talks with poet, performer, and playwright Kit Yan about the intersections of genre and intersections of identity in his work.

Why Do Women Climate More Than Men?
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Why Do Women Climate More Than Men?

18 March 2018

Chantal Bilodeau kicks off this week’s series on Theatre in the Age of Climate Change by suggesting that women in the arts may be our planet’s best bet for survival.

Theatre History Podcast #58
Podcast

Theatre History Podcast #58

What We Think About When We Think About Casting: Dr. Amy Cook’s Building Character: The Art and Science of Casting

6 March 2018

Dr. Amy Cook of Stony Brook University joins us to discuss her new book, Building Character: The Art and Science of Casting.

Sheila Puts Women Center Stage
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Sheila Puts Women Center Stage

30 January 2018

Can friendships survive a separation in time, values, and life choices? Carey Purcell looks at the quiet questioning of the role of women in Sheila by The Associates.

A Play About a Neighborhood
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A Play About a Neighborhood

Community and New Play Development in The Duchess of Stringtown

14 January 2018

Jordan Schwartz, director of literary programs and outreach at Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, discusses a project that originated at the Indiana Women’s Prison and culminated in a production in the neighborhood that was the setting of the story.

#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.

Does Your Theatre Department Have a Patriarchy Problem?
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Does Your Theatre Department Have a Patriarchy Problem?

17 December 2017

Director and theatre professor Holly Derr gives advice on how to identify whether your theatre department might be ripe for sexual harrassment, and offers tangible steps for professors to change the culture of their departments.

Don’t Tell Anyone—A Call to Action for a Healthy Work-Life Balance in the Arts
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Don’t Tell Anyone—A Call to Action for a Healthy Work-Life Balance in the Arts

15 December 2017

Adriana Gaviria speaks on how entertainment industry unions and institutions in the US can step up to better advocate for parent artists. 

Harnessing the Heroic Narrative of Creative Motherhood
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Harnessing the Heroic Narrative of Creative Motherhood

14 December 2017

Performer Stephanie Hayes reflects on how motherhood helped her reinvent her relationship to her own creativity.