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

Drawing a Line
Essay

Drawing a Line

by Dawn Simmons, John Meredith, Jen Lewis
17 July 2019
A Manifesto for Staging Gendered Violence
Essay

A Manifesto for Staging Gendered Violence

by Sharanya .
11 July 2019
Staging Sexual Assault Responsibly
Essay

Staging Sexual Assault Responsibly

Lessons from The Changeling

by Charlene Smith
10 July 2019
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
Logo for Theatre Bay Area.
Christmas Gift
Essay

Christmas Gift

21 April 2013

With the community advocating for better gender parity, Theatre Bay Area has made a commitment to furthering the discussion about gender bias and how to take action. 

An exclamation point and a question mark written on top of one another.
Holler
Essay

Holler

Gun Shy

12 April 2013

This week on Holler: what to do about sexual harrassment in the theater.

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. 

Helen Mirren in The Tempest.
Conversation Starter
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Conversation Starter

Open-Gender Casting

24 August 2012

If the play doesn’t explicitly need the genders prescribed to convey the story-do we need to cast the roles as listed then? It is time to start talking about open-gender conversation.

Stealing the Herd
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Stealing the Herd

5 August 2012

Carolyn Gage writes about the qualities of "unlikeable or off-putting" characters, and the double-standard favoring male protagonists in musical theatre.

The Myth of the Emerging Artist or Why I Love this Collaborative Experiment
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The Myth of the Emerging Artist or Why I Love this Collaborative Experiment

14 June 2012

If we accept the notion that we have to wait for someone to decide when we have emerged as an artist-we will always be emerging artists. It is time to emerge and make the work happen.

That Bitch, Corey Madden
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That Bitch, Corey Madden

28 May 2012

Corey Madden on being called a "bitch", the struggles of working as women in the theater and TV industry, and learing from those younger than herself about how to navigate the mind field that is being a working woman. 

In Defense of Supporting Work by Women
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In Defense of Supporting Work by Women

Thoughts from a Loud Mouthed Feminist Theater Girl

11 May 2012

Meghan Arnette maps out why she's concerned about the lack of productions by female playwrights... and why anyone who cares about the future of the American theater should be too.

Portrait of P Carl.
A Boy in a Man's Theater
Essay

A Boy in a Man's Theater

25 April 2012

P. Carl on why the lack of stories on American Stages about those who do not identify with a single gender, and the need to change it. 

Parenting and Playwriting
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Parenting and Playwriting

18 September 2011

For Catherine Trieschmann, parenthood interrupted her playwriting process by taking up time that used to be spent daydreaming.

Interview with Karen Evans
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Interview with Karen Evans

6 February 2011

In this installment of the series From Scarcity to Abundance: Capturing the Moment for the New Work Sector, Anthony Werner interviews Karen L.B. Evans of the Black Women Playwrights' Group on the future and the intersection of technology and live theatre.

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Staging Gendered Violence
Series

Staging Gendered Violence

The contributions to this series focus on solutions and ways forward as much as critiques of existing practice, creating a kind of toolkit for creatives and critics alike to approach the genuinely difficult questions raised by the issue of staging gendered violence ethically and responsibly.

Who Designs and Directs in LORT Theatres By Gender
Series

Who Designs and Directs in LORT Theatres By Gender

This is a series of four reports written by Porsche McGovern over the course of five years, looking at who directs and designs set, costume, lighting, sound, and projections in US LORT theatres by gender.

Love Sonnets
Series

Love Sonnets

Things Women Say

This series chronicles the production process for Love Sonnets: Things Women Say, a compilation of monologues for women.

Submitting Like a Man
Series

Submitting Like a Man

The project examines what happens when a woman resubmits scripts to previously rejected opportunities, this time using a man’s name.

The Fierce Angels Feast at Double Nickels Theatre Company
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The Fierce Angels Feast at Double Nickels Theatre Company

Washington, DC, United States

Double Nickels Theatre Company in Washington, DC hosted a Fierce Angels Feast livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 20 November at 3:30 p.m. PST (Los Angeles) / 5:30 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 6:30 p.m. EST (New York) / 23:30 GMT (London). In Twitter, use #howlround and follow @HowlRoundTV.

Boy Writes Girl
Series

Boy Writes Girl

This blog series analyzes the sanctified “Great Female Roles” written by men, and the patterns in which male playwrights craft female characters from myth, history, current events, or whole cloth.

Women Playwrights International Conference in Cape Town South Africa
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Women Playwrights International Conference in Cape Town South Africa

Aphra Behn from Guerilla Girls On Tour reports on the 2015 Women Playwrights International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.

Interview of the 2015 Tony-Award Winning Playwright Lisa Kron for the Launch of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival in Washington DC—Tuesday 8 September 2015
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Interview of the 2015 Tony-Award Winning Playwright Lisa Kron for the Launch of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival in Washington DC—Tuesday 8 September 2015

 

The Women’s Voices Theater Festival in Washington, DC—the largest collaboration of theatre companies working simultaneously to produce original works by female writers in history—presented the livestreaming of its official launch on the commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 8 September at 7 p.m. EDT (New York) / 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 4 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 23:00 GMT / Wednesday 9 September at 9 a.m. AEST (Sydney).

The Sixth Annual Lilly Awards Ceremony, hosted by Tony Award Nominee Lisa Kron in New York—Monday 1 June 2015—#lillyawards
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The Sixth Annual Lilly Awards Ceremony, hosted by Tony Award Nominee Lisa Kron in New York—Monday 1 June 2015—#lillyawards

The Lilly Awards Foundation presented the Sixth Annual Lilly Awards Ceremony hosted by Tony Award nominee Lisa Kron livestreamed on the global commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 1 June at 2 p.m. PDT (Vancouver) / 4 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 5 p.m. EDT (New York) / 21:00 GMT / 10 p.m. BST (London).

History Matters/Back to the Future's Judith Barlow Prize Award Presentation & Play Reading—Sunday 3 May 2015
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History Matters/Back to the Future's Judith Barlow Prize Award Presentation & Play Reading—Sunday 3 May 2015

History Matters/Back to the Future's Judith Barlow Prize Award Presentation & Play Reading livestreamed from New York City on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 3 May at 3 p.m. EDT (New York) / 2 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 12 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 19:00 GMT (London). To participate on Twitter, use hashtag #JudithBarlowPrize and direct your questions to @History2Future. Additionally, follow @HowlRoundTV for updates.

Equity in Theatre Symposium from The Theatre Centre in Toronto—Monday 27 April 2015
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Equity in Theatre Symposium from The Theatre Centre in Toronto—Monday 27 April 2015

 

Equity in Theatre and The Theatre Centre in Toronto, Canada presented the opening and closing panels on the state of equity in Canada theatre at Equity in Theatre’s Symposium, a full-day event tackling underrepresentation and gender inequities in the theatre industry livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 27 April 2015. 

365 Women a Year Project for World Theatre Day 2015 with NITE Corp—Friday 27 March 2015
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365 Women a Year Project for World Theatre Day 2015 with NITE Corp—Friday 27 March 2015

The New International Theatre Experience (NITE) presents a program of talks, readings, and presentations to celebrate World Theatre Day 2015 livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 27 March.

Sliver of a Full Moon, A Play About Justice for Native Women at Yale Law School in New Haven—Tuesday 31 March 2015
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Sliver of a Full Moon, A Play About Justice for Native Women at Yale Law School in New Haven—Tuesday 31 March 2015

Yale Law School presented a reading of Sliver of a Full Moon, the powerful play written by playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle, from the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and Mohegan Director Madeline Sayet livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 31 March at 6:30 p.m. EDT (New York) / 5:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 4:30 p.m. MDT (Denver) / 3:30 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 2:30 p.m. AKDT (Anchorage). 

Gender Power and Politics Series by MJ Kaufman
Series

Gender Power and Politics Series by MJ Kaufman

MJ Kaufman begins a new blog series, exploring questions of gender and parity in the world of performance.