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

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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From the World Theatre Map
Invisible Leaders and Creating Support for the Parent Artist
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Giving Birth
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Giving Birth

International Debates in Theatrical Form

26 November 2017

Talya Kingston reports on the BIRTH project, a UK-based initiative that features plays about reproductive justice written by an international group of women.

Power and Humiliation in the Theatre
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Power and Humiliation in the Theatre

Reflections Post-Harvey Weinstein

14 November 2017

Lydia Stryk adds to the conversation on sexual harassment by people in power, speaking up about her experiences with sexual harassment and humiliation in the theatre.

It Starts in the Classroom
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It Starts in the Classroom

Approaching Gender Parity through Actor Training

8 November 2017

What are female acting students learning in the classroom? Educator and director Katherine McGerr discusses how gender parity in theatre starts in the classroom.

My Gender is Hot Fire
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My Gender is Hot Fire

The Birth of the Non-Binary Monologues Project

30 October 2017

K. Woodzick talks about creating The Non-Binary Monologues Project, and the need for more resources for non-binary theatremakers.

Black and Blue
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Black and Blue

Dramatizing the Life of a Pioneering Policewoman

26 October 2017

Theatre journalist Jim O’Quinn writes about eighty-three year old Yvonne Bechet, whose life and work inspired a new play about policing and racial justice in her hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Sabine Women, Satire, and What Is Truly “Daring?”
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Sabine Women, Satire, and What Is Truly “Daring?”

24 October 2017

Is sexual assault a daring subject for satire? Cassidy Dawn Graves considers Michael Yates Crowley’s The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias and how satire may be the perfect tone to portray the empowerment of the disempowered.

After/Life Tells Untold Stories of the '67 Detroit Rebellion
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After/Life Tells Untold Stories of the '67 Detroit Rebellion

16 October 2017

Playwright Lisa Biggs and director Kristin Horton discuss the process of developing After/Life, a new play about the 1967 Rebellion in Detroit, Michigan with Detroit community members.

Teenage Girls on Stage
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Teenage Girls on Stage

Young Women Who Do Things

13 October 2017

Following the success of The Wolves, Helen Schultz looks at why are there so few dramas about teenage girls on stage and compiles a short list of plays about teenage girls by women playwrights.

A Chicana Heroine Redirects El Movimiento
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A Chicana Heroine Redirects El Movimiento

12 October 2017

Marci McMahon reflects on how Diane Rodriguez’s The Sweetheart Deal breaks gendered stereotypes about the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and ’70s. 

Getting Serious about Promoting Plays by Women
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Getting Serious about Promoting Plays by Women

11 October 2017

Michael Wright discusses how his playwriting residency program WomenWorks is helping tackle the underrepresentation of female playwrights in the US. 

Contemporary Ethnographic Performance Methodologies
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Contemporary Ethnographic Performance Methodologies

8 October 2017

Alej Bustillos, Jr. discusses documenting and translating his lived experience in the field of theatre arts and performance studies by referencing scholars in the field and his own ethnographic scholarship methodologies.

Women Making Musical Theatre
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Women Making Musical Theatre

Institutions Hold the Power to Effect Change

3 October 2017

Women musical theatre writers may exist but do they apply for funding opportunities? EllaRose Chary addresses this question and looks at how that information can be used by institutions to create solutions to support emerging musical theatre writers.

On the Physical Embodiment of Trans Women Onstage and the Follies of Symbolic Representation
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On the Physical Embodiment of Trans Women Onstage and the Follies of Symbolic Representation

1 October 2017

Massimo Monfiletto questions the representation of trans women in a commercial theatrical setting.

FemTour
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FemTour

A Road Trip Through the Lens of Equity and Inclusion

29 September 2017

Playwright Kirsten Greenidge and her family travel to feminist historical landmarks around New England.

Drug Wars with Gender Role Reversals
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Drug Wars with Gender Role Reversals

28 September 2017

Shelby-Alison Hibbs analyzes Matthew Paul Olmos’ so go the ghosts of mexico, part 2.

The Eurydice Project in Dublin and the Trapped Woman
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The Eurydice Project in Dublin and the Trapped Woman

26 September 2017

Laura Marriott considers The Eurydice Project in Dublin in the context of Ireland’s Repeal the Eighth movement.

Impacts of Raleigh’s Women’s Theatre Festival, One Year Later
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Impacts of Raleigh’s Women’s Theatre Festival, One Year Later

25 September 2017

North Carolina based theatremaker Katy Koop reflects on the impact of the Women’s Theatre Festival on Raleigh’s theatre community since its launch in 2016.  

F*ck the System (And the Horse It Rode In On)
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F*ck the System (And the Horse It Rode In On)

17 September 2017

Chantal Bilodeau kicks off this week's series on Theatre in the Age of Climate Change, and argues that we as a theatre community need to recognize when our practices and systems are detrimental to the earth and other people, and strive to change them.

Theatre History Podcast #42
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Theatre History Podcast #42

From West Side Story to Wicked: Dr. Stacy Wolf on Feminism & the Broadway Musical

7 August 2017

Dr. Stacy Wolf reveals the hidden feminist history of the Broadway musical in this discussion of her book Changed for Good.