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
Submitting Like a Man
Essay

Submitting Like a Man

My Year Resubmitting Scripts as a Dude

10 January 2016

Playwright Mya Kagan introduces her new blog series about her project Submitting Like a Man, in which she submits her plays to calls under a male pseudonym.

What’s Hecuba To Him?
Essay

What’s Hecuba To Him?

21 December 2015

In this second installment, Matthew Minnicino discusses legendary women characters in ancient Greek theatre. 

The Dramaturgy of Gender
Essay

The Dramaturgy of Gender

How Audience Expectations Shape Storytelling

12 December 2015

Hailey Bachrach explores the subtle bias of audiences and directors toward female characters by surveying audiences following a performance with male and female actors trading roles.

Percolating and Data
Essay

Percolating and Data

Counting, Coordinating, Collaborating, Community-Building

12 December 2015

Martha Steketee writes about ongoing data collection efforts to track gender disparities in theatre, and emphasizes the need for cooperation between people doing the work in different regions. 

Moving Toward Gender Equity in the Canadian Theatre
Essay

Moving Toward Gender Equity in the Canadian Theatre

5 December 2015

Sophia Romma writes about the ideas for working toward gender parity that came out of the April 2015 Equity in Theatre Symposium in Toronto, Ontario.

Achieving Gender Parity
Essay

Achieving Gender Parity

Play by Play & Role by Role

4 December 2015

Director Christine Young advocates for casting more women in university theatre productions, ranging from the classics to contemporary work.

Where’s My Influence? Affecting Gender Parity as a Freelance Artist
Essay

Where’s My Influence? Affecting Gender Parity as a Freelance Artist

4 December 2015

Actor and teaching artist Valerie Weak discusses her experience freelancing and shares her strategies for promoting women theatre artists.

My “One Thing”
Essay

My “One Thing”

Achieving Gender Parity through Legislation

3 December 2015

Citizen-artist Yvette Heyliger discusses the aftermath of her petition and advocates a call to action for gender parity legislation.

Achieving Gender Parity
Essay

Achieving Gender Parity

The 100 Women Plan

2 December 2015

Executive Director of WomenArts, Martha Richards, calls for women and allies to collaborate on building a $10 million a year network of 100 women working full-time to achieve gender parity in the arts.

Maytag Virgin, Quotidian Theatre's Sweet Success
Essay

Maytag Virgin, Quotidian Theatre's Sweet Success

2 December 2015

Patricia Davis on the world premiere production of Audrey Cefaly’s Maytag Virgin at Quotidien Theatre in Washington, DC.

Why Are There So Few Women Leading Theatres and What Can Be Done About It?
Essay

Why Are There So Few Women Leading Theatres and What Can Be Done About It?

1 December 2015

Researchers Sumru Erkut and Ineke Ceder discuss their study and offer suggestions for including more women and people of color in leadership positions in US regional theatres.

​StageSource’s Gender Parity Task Force
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​StageSource’s Gender Parity Task Force

30 November 2015

Julie Hennrikus, Executive Director of StageSource in Boston, MA, writes about initiatives toward gender parity in New England.

Gender Parity in Theatre
Essay

Gender Parity in Theatre

An Exploration of How Change Happens and Where We Go From Here

29 November 2015

Shellen Lubin launches a series on gender parity on HowlRound this week. She addresses how this is a critical moment in time for women in theatre to make a huge irreversible leap forward.

Women’s Voices Theater Festival
Essay

Women’s Voices Theater Festival

A Weekend in the Emerald City

10 November 2015

Holly L. Derr on Destiny of Desire by Karen Zacarías, Animal by Claire Lizzimore, Queens Girl in the World by Caleen Sinette Jennings, Women Laughing Alone with Salad by Sheila Callaghan, and Uprising by Gabrielle Fulton, all part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival in Washington, DC.

Why I Will Never Produce Another All-Female Outdoor Show Again
Essay

Why I Will Never Produce Another All-Female Outdoor Show Again

9 November 2015

Erin Butcher writes about the difficult experiences she faced producing a show in a public park with an all-female cast and crew. 

About Us Without Us
Essay

About Us Without Us

Trans Women, Labor, Power, and Performance

2 November 2015

This installment of the Gender Power and Politics Series is written by Rosza Daniel Lang/Levitsky, who discusses the lack of opportunities for trans women artists.

You Don’t Have to be an Ally, but Don’t be an Enemy
Essay

You Don’t Have to be an Ally, but Don’t be an Enemy

A Response to the Jubilee Responses

30 October 2015

Playwright Catherine Castellani responds to some of the outcry about the Jubilee proposal.

Equity in Theatre
Essay

Equity in Theatre

What exactly does it mean and what would it take to actually have it?

24 October 2015

Shellen Lubin summarizes the discussions and themes of the Equity in Theatre Symposium and International Summit on Gender Parity in Theatre, which took place in Toronto in April, 2015.

Welcome to the Jubilee
Essay

Welcome to the Jubilee

17 October 2015

The Committee of  the Jubilee makes a call to action to support a vision of every theatre in the United States of America producing work by women, people of color, artists of varied physical and cognitive abilities, and/or LGBTQIA artists in the 2020–2021 season.

Boy Writes Girl
Essay

Boy Writes Girl

An Introduction

15 October 2015

Playwright Matthew Minnicino kick starts his series by addressing the tradition and implications of male playwrights writing female characters. 

Extending the Frame for Women Playwrights
Essay

Extending the Frame for Women Playwrights

8 October 2015

Martha Steketee explores the lens and artistry of Jody Christopherson in “Necessary Exposure The Female Playwright Project: Portraits of Playwrights Who Identify as Female” in New York City.

Something is Afoot in Washington, DC
Essay

Something is Afoot in Washington, DC

7 October 2015

Holly Derr reports on the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, bringing together more than 50 of the Washington, DC’s professional theaters to feature world premieres of new plays and musicals by women.

Reporting from the Front
Essay

Reporting from the Front

The Tenth Women Playwrights International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa—Part 3

5 October 2015

Part three of Aphra Behn’s report from The Tenth Women Playwrights International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.

#ReadingForParity
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#ReadingForParity

4 October 2015

Writer Sarah Rebell recaps her summer spent reading only plays written by women. 

Reporting from the Front
Essay

Reporting from the Front

The Tenth Women Playwrights International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa—Part 2

3 October 2015

In the second installment of her series, Guerilla Girl Aphra Behn recalls some memorable moments at the Women Playwrights International Conference.