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
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. 

The World Premiere of Oreo, Carrot, Danger; A Play of Rituals
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The World Premiere of Oreo, Carrot, Danger; A Play of Rituals

Friday 8 July at 2016
San Francisco, CA, United States

FaultLine Theater in San Francisco presented the world premiere of Oreo, Carrot, Danger; a play of rituals, by Nayia Kuvetakis, livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at HowlRound.TV on Friday 8 July at 7:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 9:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 10:30 p.m. EDT (New York) / 23:30 GMT (London). Follow @howlroundtv and #howlround in Twitter for updates.  

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. 

The 2016 TCG National Conference: Theatre Nation
Video

The 2016 TCG National Conference: Theatre Nation

Thursday 23 June to Saturday 25 June 2016
Washington, D.C., United States

Theatre Communications Group presented the 2016 TCG National Conference: Theatre Nation (ASL-interpreted) livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 23 June to Saturday 25 June. Share your thoughts and media with hashtags #TCG16 and #howlround in all social media platforms. Follow @TCG and @HowlRoundTV in Twitter for updates.

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

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.

Lest We Misforget—Chewing On Chewing On Beckett
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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. 

Conversation Trans in the Indie Theatre Scene at The Trans Theatre Festival
Video

Conversation Trans in the Indie Theatre Scene at The Trans Theatre Festival

Wednesday 8 June 2016
Brooklyn, NY, United States

The Brick in Brooklyn, New York presented a panel discussion Trans in the Indie Theatre Scene livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Wednesday 8 June at 2 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 4 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 5 p.m. EDT (New York) / 21:00 GMT / 10 p.m. BST (London). Share your thoughts on Twitter with hashtags #transfest and #howlround.

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.

The 7th Annual Lilly Awards
Video

The 7th Annual Lilly Awards

Monday 23 May 2016
New York City, NY, United States

The Lilly Awards proudly presented The 7th Annual Lilly Awards, honoring extraordinary women artists by promoting gender parity at all levels of theatrical production. This year’s ceremony will take place at Pershing Square Signature Center, livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 23 May at 5 p.m. EDT (New York) / 4 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 2 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles). Use #LillyAwards on Twitter.

Breaking the Binary: A Symposium on Building Trans* / Gender-Non-Conforming / Non-Binary Inclusive Theatre
Video

Breaking the Binary: A Symposium on Building Trans* / Gender-Non-Conforming / Non-Binary Inclusive Theatre

Monday 16 May 2016
Berkeley, CA, United States

Breaking the Binary is a half-day symposium focused on building trans*/ gender-non-conforming/ non-binary inclusive theatre, co-presented by Berkeley Repertory Theatre and California Shakespeare Theater—livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network howlround.tv Monday 16 May at 3 p.m. PDT to 7:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 5 p.m. CDT to 9:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 6 p.m. EDT to 10:30 p.m. EDT (New York) / 22:00 GMT - 02:30 GMT. Follow the conversation on social media via the hashtag #breakingthebinary2016.

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.

The League of Professional Theatre Women’s Award Celebration & Big Mingle
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The League of Professional Theatre Women’s Award Celebration & Big Mingle

Monday 2 May 2016
New York, NY, United States

The League of Professional Theatre Women presented the Award Celebration & Big Mingle from New York City livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 2 May from 6:30 p.m. EDT-10 p.m. EDT (New York) / 3:30 p.m. PDT-7 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles). On Twitter, use @LPTWomen and #BigMingle. 

Judith Barlow Prize Play Reading with History Matters / Back to the Future
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Judith Barlow Prize Play Reading with History Matters / Back to the Future

Friday 29 April 2016 
New York, NY, United States

Join History Matters/Back to the Future for the award presentation and staged reading of the inaugural Judith Barlow Prize winning one-act play Her Own Devices by Catholic University of America student Lindsay Adams livestreamed for the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 29 April at 7 p.m. EDT (New York) / 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 4 p.m.  PDT (Los Angeles) / 23:00 GMT. On Twitter use @History2Future#womenplaywrights, and #Judithbarlowprize.