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
Let Them Speak
Essay

Let Them Speak

It’s Time to See More Works from Women Writers of Color on Stages Across America

14 January 2017

Playwright Chisa Hutchinson and Artistic Director Wesley Frugé discuss the current climate for work by playwrights of color, and advocate producing more work by women writers of color.

Women Take Over The Tempest
Essay

Women Take Over The Tempest

10 January 2017

Hailey Bachrach reflects on Phyllida Lloyd’s The Tempest, the final installment of her Shakespeare trilogy featuring all-female casts, produced by the Donmar Warehouse at London’s King’s Cross Theatre.

Where Are the Disappeared Women of the Theatre?
Essay

Where Are the Disappeared Women of the Theatre?

17 December 2016

Rachel Spencer Hewitt talks to members of Mothers Artists Makers, a collective of feminist mothers in Irish theatre with children.

One Queen’s Highly Personal/Subjective Reaction to Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music
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One Queen’s Highly Personal/Subjective Reaction to Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music

15 December 2016

CJ Byrd on Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, a “communal, intelligent, erotic, participatory, spectacular performance art concert; a marathon survey dedicated to destroying through exposure the racism, patriarchy, supremacy, and fascism suppressing the fabulosity of all our country’s different beleaguered Others over the years.”

A Feminist Manifesto for Playwrights
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A Feminist Manifesto for Playwrights

11 December 2016

Paco José Madden presents fifteen points for a play or other theatrical work to be considered feminist.

Acting Against Sexual Assault
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Acting Against Sexual Assault

The Subject Project

10 December 2016

Playwright Carolyn Kras discusses The Subject Project, in which her period play, The Subject, serves as a tool for addressing sexual assault in both past and contemporary society and culture.

Submitting Like A Man
Essay

Submitting Like A Man

Submitting Like the Future Is Female

7 December 2016

Mya Kagan announces a new project: the Future Is Female Festival.

My Brother’s A Keeper
Essay

My Brother’s A Keeper

Storytelling With Funk Aesthetics

6 December 2016

A new play takes cues from funk music to explore bisexuality, biphobia, and polyamory in 1990s Brooklyn.

What IS a Feminist Play Anyway?
Essay

What IS a Feminist Play Anyway?

What Is vs. What Should Be

5 December 2016

Catherine Castellani continues her exploration of what it means for a play to be considered “feminist.”

Design Meeting
Essay

Design Meeting

My Old Man (and Other Stories)

26 November 2016

Jess Barbagallo and Chris Giarmo discuss design questions for Jess’s play My Old Man (and Other Stories) and the recently increased interest in trans artists.

A Call for Equal Support in Theatrical Design
Essay

A Call for Equal Support in Theatrical Design

23 November 2016

Chicago-based costume designer, textile designer, and wardrobe stylist Elsa Hiltner considers the division of labor and allocation of technical support within theatrical design.

Party Planning
Essay

Party Planning

The Jubilee Answers Questions, Gives Advice, and Asks for Help

14 November 2016

One year into organizing, the Committee of the Jubilee reports out on progress, answers common questions, and re-extends an invitation to the American Theatre to join the year-long nationwide festival of 2020.

Yes, All Men (Need to Listen)
Essay

Yes, All Men (Need to Listen)

Making Room for Womanhood in the American Theatre

13 November 2016

Rachel Bykowski looks at Dana Lynn Formby’s American Beauty Shop and Kristiana Rae Colón’s good friday and asks: is it possible for women playwrights to tell truthful stories of the female experience and male oppression when men hold the majority of leadership positions in the American theatre?

An interview with Melinda Lopez on the State of Female Characters in Drama
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An interview with Melinda Lopez on the State of Female Characters in Drama

9 November 2016

Allison Raynor talks with playwright Melinda Lopez about women on stage: who she writes, how she writes them, and who she’d like to see.

“Put out the light, and then put out the light”
Essay

“Put out the light, and then put out the light”

Emma Rice’s Sudden Departure from Shakespeare’s Globe

3 November 2016

Artistic Director Gideon Lester discusses Emma Rice leaving Shakespeare’s Globe, and ruminates on the tension between artistic and administrative priorities.

Sexism and Spunk Duel Masterfully on Stage at DC’s Keegan Theatre
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Sexism and Spunk Duel Masterfully on Stage at DC’s Keegan Theatre

3 November 2016

Patricia Davis on Keegan Theatre’s production of What We’re Up Against by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Susan Marie Rhea.

A Call to Art
Essay

A Call to Art

Why We Need Independent Women’s Theatre

26 October 2016

Deborah Randall, founder of Venus Theatre, writes about the need for theatrical spaces that support women's voices.

Receiving and Defending
Essay

Receiving and Defending

I Know What I Want and I Know What I Don’t Want

20 October 2016

In this installment, Irene Loy discusses how characters receive desire versus defend themselves against unwanted desire, delving into the difference of consent and dissent.

Submitting Like A Man
Essay

Submitting Like A Man

The Plot Thickens

18 October 2016

Two more of “Max’s” plays receive different responses than Mya’s did, leading her to affirm her belief that bias is at work in the submission process.

Questioning How We Tell Mainstream History with Men On Boats
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Questioning How We Tell Mainstream History with Men On Boats

8 October 2016

Summer Banks talks with Jaclyn Backhaus about bringing the story of Men On Boats to life on stage without any men.

I Know You Are, But What Am I? Finding and Losing Ourselves in Stories
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I Know You Are, But What Am I? Finding and Losing Ourselves in Stories

8 October 2016

Allison Raynor talks with other early-career theatre artists about how the narratives they grew up loving influenced their sense of self.

Shakespeare & Company’s second production of The Merchant of Venice
Essay

Shakespeare & Company’s second production of The Merchant of Venice

1 October 2016

Josh Platt on The Merchant of Venice directed by Tina Packer in Lenox, Massachusetts. 

Hierarchies of Power
Essay

Hierarchies of Power

Cisgender Playwrights and Trans Characters

28 September 2016

In this #IdentityWeek blog, playwright Basil Kreimendahl discusses the representation of trans characters on stage.

An Opposite is Made Visible by Another /الرجاء النزول لقراءة المقال باللغة العربية
Essay

An Opposite is Made Visible by Another /

الرجاء النزول لقراءة المقال باللغة العربية

20 September 2016

A prominent theatre figure in Lebanon and the Arab region, Hanane Hajj Ali reflects in this piece on the personal and professional encounters that have made her the free woman she is today.

Submitting Like A Man
Essay

Submitting Like A Man

I Ain’t Afraid of No Female Protagonists

17 September 2016

Mya Kagan writes about two experiences that drove home for her the importance of narratives with female protagonists.