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

Drawing a Line
Essay

Drawing a Line

by Dawn Simmons, John Meredith, Jen Lewis
17 July 2019
A Manifesto for Staging Gendered Violence
Essay

A Manifesto for Staging Gendered Violence

by Sharanya .
11 July 2019
Staging Sexual Assault Responsibly
Essay

Staging Sexual Assault Responsibly

Lessons from The Changeling

by Charlene Smith
10 July 2019
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
#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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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
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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.

The Gathering 2017: Advocating for Black Female Choreographers in the Contemporary Dance World
Video

The Gathering 2017: Advocating for Black Female Choreographers in the Contemporary Dance World

Sunday 8 January 2017
New York City, NY, United States

The Gathering 2017: Advocating for Black Female Choreographers in the Contemporary Dance World—livestreamed from Gibney Dance's Agnes Varis Center for the Performing Arts in New York City on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 8 January at 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m. PST (San Francisco) / 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. EST (New York). 

Where Are the Disappeared Women of the Theatre?
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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.

The Fatherkillers
Video

The Fatherkillers

A Debate with Five Polish Women Theatre Directors

Friday 16 December 2016
Paris, France

The Adam Mickiewicz Institute (Poland), Alternatives théâtrales: La revue du théâtre contemporain (Belgium), and Galerie Hus (France) presented The Fatherkillers—a debate with five Polish women theatre directors. Friday 16 December 2016. In Twitter, follow @HowlRoundTV and use #howlround

A performance of WarSawSirenaF451 at Project Curie City-experimental incubator of art from Warsaw
Video

A performance of WarSawSirenaF451 at Project Curie City-experimental incubator of art from Warsaw

Thursday 15 December 2016
Paris, France

Project Curie City presented a performance of WarSawSirenaF451—scenes by Warsaw women—livestreamed from Paris, France on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 15 December. In Twitter, follow @HowlRoundTV and use #howlround

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
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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?
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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.