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
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
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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.

A Town Hall Meeting: Gender Identity, Representation, Theatre
Video

A Town Hall Meeting: Gender Identity, Representation, Theatre

Monday 7 March 2016
New York, NY, United States

The Public Theater in New York City presented A Town Hall Meeting: Gender Identity, Representation, Theatre livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 7 March at 4 p.m. PST (Los Angeles) / 6 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 7 p.m. EST (New York) / 00:00 GMT Tuesday, March 8 (London). Join the conversation in Twitter with #HowlRound and #PublicForumNY. Follow @howlroundtv@PublicForumNY

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. 

The Gathering 2016: Advocating for Black Female Choreographers in the Contemporary Dance World
Video

The Gathering 2016: Advocating for Black Female Choreographers in the Contemporary Dance World

Sunday 17 January 2016
New York, NY, United States

The Gathering 2016: Advocating for Black Female Choreographers in the Contemporary Dance World livestreamed from New York City on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 17 January at 1 p.m.-4 p.m. PST (San Francisco) / 3 p.m.-6 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 4 p.m.-7 p.m. EST (New York). Use Twitter hashtag #TheGathering2016 and direct your comments @CamilleABrown. Facilitators' Twitter handles are: @DancingWhileBlk@PalomaMcGregor@shanijamila. The Gathering partner Twitter handles are: @NewYorkLiveArts@TheFieldNYC@DanceNYC.

Workshop Performance & Conversation: Dancing is a Sin
Video

Workshop Performance & Conversation: Dancing is a Sin

Two One-Woman Plays from Egypt 

Thursday 14 January and Friday 15 January 2016
Boston, MA, United States

Huntington Theatre Company in Boston presented Dancing is a Sin: Two One-Woman Plays from Egypta workshop performance and conversation—livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 14 January at 7:30 p.m. EST (Boston) / 6:30 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 4:30 p.m. PST (Los Angeles) / 00:30 GMT (London—Friday 15 January 15) / 02:30 EET (Cairo—Friday 15 January).

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.

Forum: Percolating Gender Parity in Theatre
Video

Forum: Percolating Gender Parity in Theatre

Thursday 3 December 2015

Percolating Gender Parity in Theatre—A Forum livestreamed on the HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 3 December at 4:30 p.m. PST (Vancouver) / 6:30 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 7:30 p.m. EST (New York). In Twitter, use hashtag #ParityPerc to participate.