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
Reporting from the Front
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

Women Directors in Poland

11 April 2015

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

Parenting and Playwriting
Essay

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"
Essay

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”
Essay

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
Essay

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.

The Tíaland
Essay

The Tíaland

3 December 2014

Playwright Elaine Ávila illuminates her eye-opening trip to Portugal—wittingly nicknamed Tíaland—as the winner of the DISQUIET International Short Play Competition. There, she is met with historical narratives of overcoming socialized barriers. 

Let’s Talk About It
Essay

Let’s Talk About It

An Exploration of Sex and the New American Theater

30 November 2014

In his essay, Director Evan Caccioppoli explores the future of sex in American theatre.

Invisible Inclusions
Essay

Invisible Inclusions

Planning the 40th Anniversary Season at People’s Light

14 September 2014

Zak Berkman offers insight into implementing diversity and inclusion as the Producing Director at People's Light.

A More Equal Theater
Essay

A More Equal Theater

23 July 2014

In this last installment, Armando Huipe shares his observations about the identity affinity groups at the 2014 TCG Conference.

Director Stevie Zimmerman Brings Fresh Energy to DC
Essay

Director Stevie Zimmerman Brings Fresh Energy to DC

8 July 2014

Patricia Davis interviews DC-based director Stevie Zimmerman, discussing casting, directing styles, and the challenges of new work.

Women, Leadership, and Parity
Essay

Women, Leadership, and Parity

Interview with Julie Crosby

1 July 2014

P. Carl interviews Julie Crosby on leadership, gender parity, and Women’s Project Theater. 

The Kilroys Were Here
Essay

The Kilroys Were Here

Moving Female Playwrights into Production

22 June 2014

P. Carl interviews Joy Meads, Carla Ching, Annah Feinberg, and Kelly Miller on how THE LIST was produced and responses since its release.

Facing Facts on Tracking Parity and Diversity
Essay

Facing Facts on Tracking Parity and Diversity

16 June 2014

My hope is that for an issue as important as this one, we’ll all extend our collaborative impulses beyond the rehearsal room. (We’re not always so good at that.) Instead of working at cross purposes and duplicating each other’s efforts, let’s pool our resources and face facts together. We’ll be stronger for having worked side-by-side, don’t you think?