Gender Politics

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

The Latest

Livestreaming the Arts Equity Summit
Video

Livestreaming the Arts Equity Summit

A three-day summit and arts-integrated experience examining issues of equity both in, and through, the arts.

Friday 22 - Saturday 23 March 2019
Boston, MA
A Call for Exciting Trans Theatre
Essay

A Call for Exciting Trans Theatre

by Nitsan Scharf
18 December 2018
Radical Inclusion of Parent Artists
Essay

Radical Inclusion of Parent Artists

by Lydia Milman Schmidt
5 December 2018
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
Sustaining a Career as a Female Playwright in Ireland
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

#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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Podcast

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
Essay

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
Essay

(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
Essay

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?
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

#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?
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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.

Invisible Leaders and Creating Support for the Parent Artist
Essay

Invisible Leaders and Creating Support for the Parent Artist

A Conversation on Research, Visibility, and Inclusion

13 December 2017

Continuing the series on parent-artists, Ineke Ceder and Catherine Mueller Melwani discuss how research can play a role in creating a bridge between the parent-artist experiencing isolation and the solutions recommended for equity and parity.

Fighting for Gender, Race, and Motherhood in Theatre
Essay

Fighting for Gender, Race, and Motherhood in Theatre

12 December 2017

Stage manager Carmelita Becnel reflects on the need to support mothers, women of color, and stage managers as creative collaborators in the rehearsal room.

Creating a Family-Friendly Work Environment
Essay

Creating a Family-Friendly Work Environment

11 December 2017

Devon Berkshire lays out some tangible steps for decision-makers on creating a more family-friendly work environment. 

Re-Defining Motherhood and Advocating for Parent Artists
Essay

Re-Defining Motherhood and Advocating for Parent Artists

10 December 2017

Rachel Spencer Hewitt, PAAL founder, kicks off the parent advocacy in the arts series with an overview of the history of PAAL and a rationale for family-friendly practices in the theatre.

Gender Parity in Northeast Ohio Community Theatre
Essay

Gender Parity in Northeast Ohio Community Theatre

5 December 2017

Christine Wright, member of the Northeast Ohio community theatre community, analyzes gender parity in recent Northeast Ohio community theatre seasons.

M. Butterfly from 1988 to 2017
Essay

M. Butterfly from 1988 to 2017

An Interview with David Henry Hwang

28 November 2017

Thirty years after M. Butterfly opened on Broadway, Jen Gushue interviews playwright David Henry Hwang about the 2017 revival.