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

Radical Inclusion of Parent Artists
Essay

Radical Inclusion of Parent Artists

by Lydia Milman Schmidt
5 December 2018
Livestreaming the National Performance Network 2018 Annual Conference
Video

Livestreaming the National Performance Network 2018 Annual Conference

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Friday 14 December to Sunday 16 December 2018
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Hope in the Shadows
Essay

Hope in the Shadows

Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me

by Jennifer Schmidt
29 November 2018
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
Ethnodrama and Her Opponent
Essay

Ethnodrama and Her Opponent

 The Drama in the Data

26 May 2017

Holly L. Derr looks at ethnodrama and Her Opponent, a restaging of excerpts of the 2016 presidential debates with gender-reversed casting.

Celebrating Women Musicals
Essay

Celebrating Women Musicals

18 May 2017

Calling for more female-driven musicals.

James and the Giant Peach
Essay

James and the Giant Peach

An Earthworm’s Resistance to Normalize Difference

15 May 2017

Actor Billy Flood discusses his performance as the Earthworm in StageOne Family Theatre’s production of James and the Giant Peach, sharing how he engaged with the role to resist gender norms.

The Bible Women’s Project
Essay

The Bible Women’s Project

Shouting to be Heard in a Religiously Conservative Environment

11 May 2017

Director and playwright Tara Brooke Watkins discusses the process of creating The Bible Women’s Project, which fuses women’s stories from the Bible and the stories of women from conservative, Christian backgrounds.

Gender Bending Power
Essay

Gender Bending Power

Bring Down the House

2 May 2017

Erin Murray discusses the echo of history in upstart crow collective’s Bring Down the House.

The Power of Jo of Arc
Essay

The Power of Jo of Arc

18 April 2017

The grace and fury in the performance of Jo Lampert as Joan in Joan of Arc: Into the Fire.

#BLKARTS Artists of the Week
Essay

#BLKARTS Artists of the Week

15 April 2017

Erin Washington highlights Black women who are doing extraordinary work, and encourages others to leave shout-outs in the comments.

“Put On Your Good Bra!”
Essay

“Put On Your Good Bra!”

An Interview with Dr. Omi Osun Joni Jones on Theatrical Jazz

13 April 2017

In this installment, scholar-artist Dominique C. Hill interviews Omi Osun Joni L. Jones about the Theatrical Jazz aesthetic, and how it intersects with academic theatre.

Black Women Have Theorized Everything
Essay

Black Women Have Theorized Everything

12 April 2017

Sola Bamishigbin and Tia-Simone Gardner look at plays by Lorraine Hansberry and Lynn Nottage with intersecting themes, written at different times in US history.

Igniting a Transgender Revolution in Chicago
Essay

Igniting a Transgender Revolution in Chicago

12 April 2017

Artist Delia Kropp discusses the state of transgender theatre in Chicago, Illinois and shares current initiatives to produce work by and for trans and gender-variant artists. 

Afro Blue, un homenaje
Essay

Afro Blue, un homenaje

A Room of My Own

11 April 2017

In this third installment, Jadele McPherson discusses how artists (both past and present) influence each other across the African diaspora, and advocates for more contemporary artists to acknowledge their ancestors.

dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Oracle Reading
Essay

dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Oracle Reading

10 April 2017

In this second installment, Playwright Sharon Bridgforth gives a reading based on her performance novel dat Black Mermaid Man Lady.

Blk Womyn
Essay

Blk Womyn

Going Dark!

9 April 2017

The launch of #BLKARTS Presents: Black Womyn Going Dark! a look at the history and legacy of black womyn in the arts.

Gender Disparity, Hidden Carers, and Employment Opportunities
Essay

Gender Disparity, Hidden Carers, and Employment Opportunities

PIPA Trial

22 March 2017

Contributor Rachel Spencer Hewitt reports on the Parents in the Performing Arts consortium that is working to finding solutions for caregivers in the performing arts.

What Theatre Artists and Administrators Should Know About Sexual Harassment
Essay

What Theatre Artists and Administrators Should Know About Sexual Harassment

21 March 2017

Cheryl Davis defines sexual harassment and hostile working environments, offering tips to both artists and administrators. 

A Brief History of the Gender Parity Movement in Theatre
Essay

A Brief History of the Gender Parity Movement in Theatre

4 March 2017

Jenny Lyn Bader looks at theatre’s gender parity movement.

Submitting Like A Man
Essay

Submitting Like A Man

Women's Futures Month

24 February 2017

Mya Kagan discusses the successes and challenges of self-producing a nationwide festival.

No More Mamets
Essay

No More Mamets

12 February 2017

Matthew Clinton Sekellick discusses the work of David Mamet and Neil LaBute, challenging the theatre community to be more inclusive and to not produce work that reinforces the dominant narrative. 

A conversation with director Garry Hynes
Essay

A conversation with director Garry Hynes

10 February 2017

Ramona Ostrowski speaks with director Gary Hynes about Druid Theatre Company, revisiting Beauty Queen of Leenane twenty years after its first production, and new political movements within Irish theatre.

Portrait of Daniel Alexander Jones.
Imagine
Essay

Imagine

30 January 2017

Daniel Alexander Jones talks about the women who raised him in theatre, and encourages artists to not lose sight of the power of imagination.

#BreakingtheBinary
Essay

#BreakingtheBinary

an interview with SK Kerastas and Lisa Evans

26 January 2017

Regina Victor interviews SK Kerastas and Lisa Evans about their work to make theatre institutions more accessible for trans* people, on and off stage.

Toward Inclusivity
Essay

Toward Inclusivity

A message from the LTC

18 January 2017

The LTC steering committee announces a name change to the Latinx Theatre Commons. 

Creating Complex Female Characters
Essay

Creating Complex Female Characters

17 January 2017

Playwright Catherine Weingarten writes about her fatigue with the Strong Female Character, and pushes playwrights to strive for real nuance.

We’re Not Playing
Essay

We’re Not Playing

A Theatrical Protest Initiative

16 January 2017

Playwright Tiffany Antone discusses Little Black Dress INK’s “We’re Not Playing” initiative, advocating the need for theatrical protest for social change.

Initiatives for Women in Theatre in the UK and Ireland
Essay

Initiatives for Women in Theatre in the UK and Ireland

15 January 2017

Naomi Elster discusses gender imbalances in theatre programming in the UK and Ireland.