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

Livestreaming a staged reading of “Ravayana”
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Livestreaming a staged reading of “Ravayana”

A queer, feminist, modern reinterpretation of the Hindu epic of Ram and Sita presented by Fresh Lime Soda Productions

Saturday 18 July 2020
United States
A Performance of Snapshots 2.0 by Convergence Theatre  
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A Performance of Snapshots 2.0 by Convergence Theatre
 

New Virtual Theatre about Islam, Sexuality, and Cultural Appropriation

 

Saturday 13 June 2020
United States
Feminism + Theatre with Marissa Wolf, Hana Sharif, and Ari Afsar!
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Feminism + Theatre with Marissa Wolf, Hana Sharif, and Ari Afsar!

with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Tuesday 28 April 2020
United States
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
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
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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
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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?
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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
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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?
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.