Gender Politics

Writing about and video of theatre pieces that deal with gender, as well as gender issues in the field as a whole.

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What I Learned About Gender Parity and Racial Diversity from Running a Global Participatory Initiative
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What I Learned About Gender Parity and Racial Diversity from Running a Global Participatory Initiative

by Chantal Bilodeau
24 March 2019
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From the World Theatre Map
Equity in Theatre
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Reporting from the Front
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Reporting from the Front

The Tenth Women Playwrights International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa—Part 1

2 October 2015

In the first installment of her series, Guerilla Girl Aphra Behn discusses the origins of the Women’s Playwrights International Conference and Guerilla Girls On Tour.

Fear and the Representation Problem
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Fear and the Representation Problem

20 September 2015

Dramaturg Alex Barron posits that homogenous seasons may have less to do with sexism and racism than with risk aversion.

A Flourishing Theatre
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A Flourishing Theatre

Satire and Political Critique at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa

25 August 2015

Paul Adolphsen explores major themes of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa.

By Blood a Queen, In Heart a Clown
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By Blood a Queen, In Heart a Clown

Beyond the Façade of Shotgun Cabaret’s Faux Real

20 August 2015

Jake Rosenberg on Shotgun Players Cabaret presentation of Monique Jenkinson’s Faux Real in Berkeley, California.

TranShakespeare
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TranShakespeare

Lisa Wolpe, and the Art of Empathy

16 August 2015

Director Emma Went interviews international arts activist Lisa Wolpe about the origins and ethos of TranShakespeare.

How We Grow
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How We Grow

An Interview with Azure D. Osborne-Lee

15 August 2015

MJ Kaufman interviews playwright, director, and performer Azure D. Osborne-Lee about his plays and what he sees in the field as a trans artist.

When She Speaks, I Hear Her Revolution
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When She Speaks, I Hear Her Revolution

Salt Lake’s Feminist Open Mic

10 August 2015

Shauna Brock describes Salt Lake City’s monthly open mic series When She Speaks I Hear the Revolution and its strides for diversity and inclusion.

The Trouble with Lists
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The Trouble with Lists

5 July 2015

Lydia Stryk wonders about the limiting nature of a list and questions how helpful they actually are.

Infographic
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Infographic

Who Designs in LORT Theatres by Gender

10 June 2015

Porsche McGovern gathered information on who designs in theatre, and shares her results in an infographic.

Believably Trans
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Believably Trans

Who Counts as Trans Onstage?

13 May 2015

In this installation, MJ questions what makes a trans character credible onstage, and how does gender fit into color-conscious casting?

A Conversation with MOXIE Theatre’s Delicia Turner Sonnenberg
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A Conversation with MOXIE Theatre’s Delicia Turner Sonnenberg

7 May 2015

Jennifer Lane talks with MOXIE Theatre’s Delicia Turner Sonnenberg about shattering the stereotypes of women’s work and finding balance in her life.

The Means of Production
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The Means of Production

Snapshots from the Field—Part II

16 April 2015

Charlotte Meehan and Adara Meyers follow up “Snapshots from the Field” with a look at women theatre artists.

Women Directors in Poland
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Women Directors in Poland

11 April 2015

Scholar Magda Romanska presents an overview of contemporary women directors in Poland.

Parenting and Playwriting
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Parenting and Playwriting

The Boyfriend Plot

19 March 2015

Catherine Trieschmann tackles what happens when she leads storytelling exercises with her daughter’s Girl Scout troop, and almost all of them write about boyfriends.

The Language of "Gender Parity"
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The Language of "Gender Parity"

19 Women Playwrights and Their Voices

15 March 2015

Emma Weisberg considers the complexities of language and summarizes conversations with fourteen women playwrights discussing the question “How do you define gender parity?”

Rape Culture “On Stage” or “As Subject”
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Rape Culture “On Stage” or “As Subject”

11 March 2015

Cecilia Copeland explores what her play R Culture brought up for her as a playwright, as well as what a play about “rape culture” means for her community at large.

Kicking the Can Down the Road Towards Parity
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Kicking the Can Down the Road Towards Parity

2 February 2015

Activist and artist Yvette Heyliger shares her petition for new legislation mandating women artists receive equitable funding from nonprofit arts organizations and institutions.