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 a staged reading of “Ravayana”
Video

Livestreaming a staged reading of “Ravayana”

A queer, feminist, modern reinterpretation of the Hindu epic of Ram and Sita presented by Fresh Lime Soda Productions

Saturday 18 July 2020
United States
A Performance of Snapshots 2.0 by Convergence Theatre  
Video

A Performance of Snapshots 2.0 by Convergence Theatre
 

New Virtual Theatre about Islam, Sexuality, and Cultural Appropriation

 

Saturday 13 June 2020
United States
Feminism + Theatre with Marissa Wolf, Hana Sharif, and Ari Afsar!
Video

Feminism + Theatre with Marissa Wolf, Hana Sharif, and Ari Afsar!

with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Tuesday 28 April 2020
United States
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
How to Build Gender Parity Initiatives and Influence Theater
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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.

A Female Look into Theatre in the North Carolina Triangle with the Ladies of Triangle Theatre
Video

A Female Look into Theatre in the North Carolina Triangle with the Ladies of Triangle Theatre

Sunday 15 July 2012
North Carolina

Ladies of Triangle Theatre (LoTT) discussed the state of theatre for ladies working in the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill areas of North Carolina livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 15 July 2012 at 4 p.m. PDT / 6 p.m. CDT / 7 p.m. EDT. 

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

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.

In Defense of Supporting Work by Women
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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.

screen shot of a tweet by @pangmeli that reads "I’m all for activist communities, queer communities etc, but communities are few and far between. what we have more of are scenes. Two signs that it’s a scene: it doesn’t have multiple generations (children, elders) and the members all have a suspiciously similar aesthetic."
Conversations Across Generations
Series

Conversations Across Generations

Dialogues with UK based Performance Artists

Each of the dialogues in this series speaks of the connection between political activism, creativity, and spirituality— and highlights the importance of intergenerational knowledge-sharing for the future of the Live Arts and Theatre sectors of the UK.

actors onstage
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.

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
Series

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.

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.

Transgender Series
Series

Transgender Series

A series from trans theatre artists that highlight diverse stories of a trans community of practicing artists working to create visibility in the theatre and the world.

Gender Parity
Series

Gender Parity

A discussion and response to the call for better gender parity in theatre.

League of Professional Women in Theatre 
Series

League of Professional Women in Theatre 

An examination of theatremaking as a collaboration between HowlRound and the League of Professional Theatre Women.