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
Parsing Love
Essay

Parsing Love

Furthering the Conversation about Blackbird

11 June 2016

Judith Jerome discusses the recent Broadway production of Blackbird by David Harrower.

Safe to Act
Essay

Safe to Act

How to Respond to Sexual Harassment in the Theatre Community

8 June 2016

How Chicago’s theatre community is seeking to address sexual harrassment in theatre.

Making Queer Theatre with Young People…in Texas
Essay

Making Queer Theatre with Young People…in Texas

The Project

30 May 2016

In the first installment of his series, playwright Briandaniel Oglesby discusses adapting Romeo & Juliet with youth.

WOW Café Theatre
Essay

WOW Café Theatre

Celebrating the Beginnings of a Historic Women’s Theatre

24 May 2016

Playwright Kathleen Warnock reports on WOW Café Theatre’s reunion and book launch for Memories of the Revolution, which chronicles the first ten years of WOW Café.

Men vs. Women on Broadway This Season
Essay

Men vs. Women on Broadway This Season

12 May 2016

Jonathan Mandell explores the gender politics of Broadway offerings such as American PsychoWaitressEclipsedThe Color Purple, and more.

Desire Multiplied
Essay

Desire Multiplied

Rethinking Desire in Dramatic Writing

12 May 2016

In this first installment, Playwright Irene Loy discusses how the Hero’s Journey traditionally exists in Western dramatic form and advocates alternative ways of portraying heroes.

Submitting Like A Man
Essay

Submitting Like A Man

We Have A Winner

10 May 2016

Mya Kagan muses on the implications of a script “Max” submitted being named a finalist for a competition.

Reclaiming Space for Women in Love Sonnets
Essay

Reclaiming Space for Women in Love Sonnets

7 May 2016

In this third installment, Victoria Masteller discusses her experience as Associate Director and examines how space informed the production of Love Sonnets.

Love Sonnets
Essay

Love Sonnets

Introduction

5 May 2016

In this first installment, Director Caitlin Bailey shares her directorial process for Love Sonnets: Things Women Say, a compilation of monologues for women written by Chuck Mee.

He That Plays The King
Essay

He That Plays The King

29 April 2016

In this installment, Matthew Minnicino discusses gender politics in Shakespeare’s work, and productions of King Lear with women starring in the title role.

Why I’m Breaking Up with Aristotle
Essay

Why I’m Breaking Up with Aristotle

22 April 2016

Chantal Bilodeau on writing ourselves out of the pyramid and why she is breaking up with Aristotle.

Submitting Like A Man
Essay

Submitting Like A Man

Exposing My Male Self

22 April 2016

Mya addresses what she’ll do if one of Max’s submissions is accepted.

Cat-Calling and Crashing the Set
Essay

Cat-Calling and Crashing the Set

Performers Sound Off About Street Harassment

10 April 2016

Carey Pucell reports on the harassment faced by women street performers in NYC and the preponderance of street harassment of women in our society.

Waking the Feminists in NYC
Essay

Waking the Feminists in NYC

6 April 2016

Scholar Caroline Heafey reports on Fordham University’s Waking the Feminists symposium and the quest for gender parity in Irish theatre.

The Pregnant Body on Stage
Essay

The Pregnant Body on Stage

Rethinking Accessibility

31 March 2016

Theatre artists Rachel Kauder Nalebuff and Deena Selenow discuss issues of accessibility regarding the pregnant body and the development of The Bumps, their collaboration about a play written for pregnant performers.

Que Onda? An Interview with Bilingual Playwright Roxanne Schroeder-Arce
Essay

Que Onda? An Interview with Bilingual Playwright Roxanne Schroeder-Arce

31 March 2016

Moriah Flagler interviews Roxanne Schroeder-Arce about her process and recurring themes in her work.

Alas, Poor Diversity
Essay

Alas, Poor Diversity

a Case for The Jubilee

30 March 2016

Brian Sonia-Wallace considers the Jubilee initiative’s possible implications for artists and the field, and weighs the pros and cons.

Dragging Our Art, Crafting Our Drag
Essay

Dragging Our Art, Crafting Our Drag

The Politics of Drag Performance and Acting

28 March 2016

In this first installment, C. Fischer starts their series, exploring the intersections of gender, drag performance, and acting.

Submitting Like A Man
Essay

Submitting Like A Man

You Couldn’t Even Send Me An Email? (And Other Problems With Submissions)

27 March 2016

Mya Kagan ponders the standards of submissions: the frequent lack of responses, the ethics of charging fees, and the pros and cons of submitting blindly.

Notes from the Trans Theatre Artists Convening
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Notes from the Trans Theatre Artists Convening

11 March 2016

Azure D. Osborne-Lee and Kestryl Cael Lowery recap the Trans Theatre Artists Convening that took place in December, 2015.

Submitting Like A Man
Essay

Submitting Like A Man

What's In A Name, Anyway?

29 February 2016

Mya Kagan explores the tradition of female writers using male or ambiguous pen names, and questions whether or not doing so is an empowering choice.

I Wrote a Play with a Male Rape, But Readers Didn’t Want to Call it That
Essay

I Wrote a Play with a Male Rape, But Readers Didn’t Want to Call it That

19 February 2016

Playwright Donna Hoke discusses her play The Way It Is, which includes the rape of a male character, and the response she got from readers.

Submitting Like A Man
Essay

Submitting Like A Man

Max Gets Mail (The First Response Is In)

9 February 2016

Mya Kagan reveals the first response to a script submitted under the name Max.

Submitting Like A Man
Essay

Submitting Like A Man

Am I Man Enough?

25 January 2016

Mya Kagan continues her Submitting Like a Man series with this discussion of the logistics and emotional implications of creating a differently-gendered alter-ego.

Equal Pay for Equal Work
Essay

Equal Pay for Equal Work

The Need for the ERA in the Arts

24 January 2016

Journalist Carey Purcell discusses her takeaways from December’s Percolating Gender Parity symposium, and how gender-based pay discrepancies affect women in theatre.