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
Kilroys in the Classroom
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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?
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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?
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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.

Blasting The Bachelors
Essay

Blasting The Bachelors

Feminism and Cole Theatre’s Latest Production

12 July 2016

Andrew Bailes on the critical reception of The Bachelors, written by Caroline V. McGraw and directed by Erica Weiss in Chicago, Illinois. 

Finding Our Way in a World of Gender Fluidity
Essay

Finding Our Way in a World of Gender Fluidity

8 July 2016

Artistic Director Brianna Smith discusses gender fluidity and advocates the need for creating more opportunities transgender, gender-queer, androgynous, and other non-binary actors.

Gender Responsive Casting
Essay

Gender Responsive Casting

29 June 2016

Meg Greene explores the casting process as a socially responsible practice that considers and values gender identity.

Who Designs and Directs in LORT Theatres by Gender
Essay

Who Designs and Directs in LORT Theatres by Gender

Phase Two

25 June 2016

Porsche McGovern unveils the results of the latest phase of her study of LORT theatre designers. 

Rolando Sanz Brings Andrew Lippa’s “Concept Opera” I Am Anne Hutchinson/ I Am Harvey Milk
Essay

Rolando Sanz Brings Andrew Lippa’s “Concept Opera” I Am Anne Hutchinson/ I Am Harvey Milk

16 June 2016

Marcina Zaccaria discusses Rolando Sanz’s role in producing and presenting the opera I Am Anne Hutchinson/I Am Harvey Milk by Andrew Lippa.

Submitting Like A Man
Essay

Submitting Like A Man

Submitting Like A Woman

13 June 2016

Mya Kagan wonders if perhaps women’s submission habits differ from men’s, and whether this affects production statistics.

Violence and Female Genital Mutilation Onstage in Charlene James’ Cuttin’ It
Essay

Violence and Female Genital Mutilation Onstage in Charlene James’ Cuttin’ It

12 June 2016

verity healey discusses Charlene James’ new play Cuttin’ It at the Young Vic in London, England.

Lest We Misforget—Chewing On Chewing On Beckett
Essay

Lest We Misforget—Chewing On Chewing On Beckett

11 June 2016

Regina Buccola discusses Ed Proudfoot’s Chewing on Beckett, a contemporary reimagining of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot with an all-female cast.