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
Becoming a White Man in the Theatre
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Becoming a White Man in the Theatre

11 July 2017

After a comment storm on a recent HowlRound post about bias in criticism in the American Theatre, P. Carl addresses how the democratization of the arts is a form of inclusion.

Who Designs and Directs in LORT Theatres by Gender
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Who Designs and Directs in LORT Theatres by Gender

Phase Three

7 July 2017

Porsche McGovern discusses the third phase of her study on LORT theatre designers.

Still Smarting
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Still Smarting

Women, Shakespeare, and Processing Emotion

28 June 2017

Emily C. A. Snyder considers the differences in how women and men actors approach Shakespeare. 

A Collective Call Against Critical Bias
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A Collective Call Against Critical Bias

26 June 2017

A collectively authored essay by leading artists, academics, and theatre advocates about Paula Vogel’s Indecent and Lynn Nottage’s Sweat on Broadway amid a conversation about critical bias toward women playwrights and playwrights of color.

Exploring Sacrifice and Morality in A Doll’s House, Part 2
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Exploring Sacrifice and Morality in A Doll’s House, Part 2

22 June 2017

What happens to Nora after she slams that door? Cristina Sanza considers A Doll’s House, Part 2.

The F Word
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The F Word

Notes From a Novice About What (I Think) it Means to be a Feminist Creator in Montreal

7 June 2017

Erin Lindsay writes about being an early career theatre artist in Montreal, and shares quotes from inspirational women in the field.

Ugly Lies the Bone
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Ugly Lies the Bone

Virtual Reality and the Trump Effect

31 May 2017

Director and dramaturg Linda Lombardi discusses Lindsey Ferrentino’s Ugly Lies the Bone, and examines how changes to our political climate effect audience reaction.

Lillys and Mothers
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Lillys and Mothers

28 May 2017

Sarah Ruhl on The Lilly Awards, criticism, and the power of mothers.

Ethnodrama and Her Opponent
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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
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Celebrating Women Musicals

18 May 2017

Calling for more female-driven musicals.

James and the Giant Peach
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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
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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
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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
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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
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#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!”
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“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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Submitting Like A Man

Women's Futures Month

24 February 2017

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