Gender Politics

Writing about and video of theatre pieces that deal with gender, as well as gender issues in the field as a whole.

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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
Receiving and Defending
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Kilroys in the Classroom
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Kilroys in the Classroom

Activism, Databases, and the Life of the Artist

17 September 2016

Students at Ramapo College interview eight of the playwrights on the 2015 Kilroys list for a Contemporary Women Playwrights course.

Cover for Feminist Theatre and History.
Feminist Theatre
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Feminist Theatre

What Does it Do and How Does it Do it?

14 September 2016

Holly Derr contemplates how a director can foster a feminist production.

Roe and the American Revolutions Cycle at OSF
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Roe and the American Revolutions Cycle at OSF

Dramatic, Present, and Human

10 September 2016

In this cultural moment of divisiveness, how is one of the true stories of abortion theatricalized? Holly Derr considers Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s co-production of Roe by Lisa Loomer. 

Notes from the Skybridge Production of Romeo and Juliet
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Notes from the Skybridge Production of Romeo and Juliet

9 September 2016

In this installment, Briandaniel Oglesby shares updates leading up to the performance of his students’ queer adaptation of Romeo & Juliet.

On Directing Andrea Dworkin's Aftermath
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On Directing Andrea Dworkin's Aftermath

4 September 2016

Tracey Houston and Rob Langford, founders of Montréal company Waterworks, describe their experience working on the play Aftermath by Andrea Dworkin. Immediately following is a reflection by Helena Levitt who performed in Aftermath.

Missing Voices and Misogyny in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s All-Male Shrew
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Missing Voices and Misogyny in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s All-Male Shrew

29 August 2016

Maegan Clearwood on the all-male production of Taming of the Shrew, directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC.

Changing the Script for Women Directors
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Changing the Script for Women Directors

Diane Paulus and Liesl Tommy

24 August 2016

Carey Purcell talks to Diane Paulus and Liesl Tommy about all women creative teams.

Women’s Leadership
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Women’s Leadership

Research Results and Recommendations

21 August 2016

The American Conservatory Theater with Wellesley Centers for Women present findings on a three-year study on the gender equity of leadership opportunities in the nonprofit American theater.

The Women of Summer
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The Women of Summer

7 August 2016

Carey Purcell looks at female artistic leadership of summer companies at New York Stage and Film, the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Feminism and Femininity in Broadway’s Waitress
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Feminism and Femininity in Broadway’s Waitress

2 August 2016

Danielle Feder responds to the critical reception of the Broadway show Waitress.

What Is a Feminist Play, Anyway?
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What Is a Feminist Play, Anyway?

Getting Specific

1 August 2016

Playwright Catherine Castellani kicks off a series investigating what makes a work of theatre feminist. 

Submitting Like A Man
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Submitting Like A Man

Happy Manniversary to Me

30 July 2016

Mya Kagan examines how taking on the persona of Max has impacted the way she communicates. 

Taking Responsibility for the Plot
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Taking Responsibility for the Plot

27 July 2016

P. Carl on transitioning, frames of whiteness, and taking control of the plot.

On the Normalization of Queer-themed Theatre
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On the Normalization of Queer-themed Theatre

21 July 2016

Playwright John J. Caswell, Jr. meditates on the trajectory of queer theatre, and the tendency to normalize the form.

Do Playwrights Share the Blame for Abuse?
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Do Playwrights Share the Blame for Abuse?

19 July 2016

Neal Reynolds discusses how a play's subject matter may increase the potential for an abusive production process.

Don’t Blame Pregnancy for Shuffle Along Closing
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Don’t Blame Pregnancy for Shuffle Along Closing

18 July 2016

Catherine M. Young reflects on the closing of the musical Shuffle Along. 

The Monologue Parity Project
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The Monologue Parity Project

How and Why I Decided to Tackle the Issue of Parity in Modern Theatre

16 July 2016

Madeline Easley describes how an assignment inspired her to create a platform where people can share stories and write monologues.