Women in Theatre Mobilize at Berkshire Leadership Summit

Shafer Mazow, Akiba Abaka, Rachel Fink & Kristen van Ginhoven

On October 28-29, 2017 WAM Theatre hosted the Berkshire Leadership Summit in Lenox, Massachusetts, a weekend summit designed to help mid-career women in theatre acquire the skills and confidence they need to get the top leadership jobs in regional theatres. The Berkshire Leadership Summit grew out of a report of the Wellesley Centers for Women that […]

Women in the Arts & Media Coalition Organizes Summit on Women Playwrights

Shellen Lubin

Shellen Lubin, the indefatigable co-president of the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition organized a half-day summit in New York on November 30 to discuss strategies to increase the number of productions of contemporary and historical plays by women. She planned the summit in collaboration with WomenArts, the Dramatists Guild, and the National Theatre Conference. Lubin’s goal was to […]

Celebrate International Women’s Voices Day on January 21

The Women’s Voices Theater Festival in Washington, DC is inviting theatre artists around the world to organize free readings of unproduced plays by women playwrights on January 21, 2018 as part of the new celebration called  International Women’s Voices Day. The Women’s Voices Theater Festival made history in 2015 by producing 52 world premieres of plays by […]

Women Film Directors Challenge Hollywood Sex Discrimination

Maria Giese

Many women artists have wondered whether there were any laws they could use to fight the pervasive gender discrimination they have experienced.  Study after study has shown that these women are not getting their fair share of opportunities.  Why can’t they just bring a lawsuit to solve the problem? In 2011, film director Maria Giese began […]

Art Became the Oxygen: An Excellent Resource Guide for Artist-Activists

Art Became the Oxygen

The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture has just published Arts Became the Oxygen: An Artistic Response Guide. The free, downloadable, 74-page booklet is an excellent new resource for artists who are looking for creative ways to respond to current events.  It is packed with lively descriptions of artists who are helping communities respond, recover, and rebuild […]

Lara Downes’ Unique Videos Link Women Poets and Composers

Lara Downes (Photo: Rik Keller)

Guest Blog by Lou Fancher. Lara Downes is a critically-acclaimed American pianist who is creating a unique series of five-minute videos that feature women writers reading their work while Downes performs solo piano pieces by women composers. Her Just Like a Woman series was inspired by Downes’ collaborations with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. […]

Project ArmHer Challenges Stereotypes and Stigmatization

Project ArmHer Painting

Guest Blog by Laura Stradiotto. In a mining community about four hours north of Toronto, a group of Canadian women with lived experience in sex work and their allies have been involved in a multi-media, multi-disciplinary arts project. Project ArmHer aims to create a safe space where women can share their experiences about the stigmatization, […]

The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project

Guest Blog by Kim Bridgford. How much do you know about women poets?  Can you name women poets from other centuries or other countries?  Did you know that the first recorded poet was a Sumerian woman named Enheduanna who lived over 4,000 years ago in the region that is now Iraq? The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets […]

Moms-In-Film Aims to Energize the Careers of Parents in Film & TV

“You can’t promote gender equality without thinking about motherhood and childcare.” -Matilde Dratwa, Founder of Moms-in-Film Imagine a room of 100 people all working in the film industry. They are writers, directors, actors, art directors, set dressers, costume designers, makeup artists, grips, electricians, cinematographers, and editors. How many would be mothers?  Only 2 – or […]

The Women of Appalachia Project Challenges Stereotypes Through Art

Kari Gunter Seymour

Guest Blog by Sarah Diamond Burroway. “I am Appalachia. In my veins Runs fierce mountain pride; the hill-fed streams Of passion; and stranger, you don’t know me!”                       – from Appalachia by Muriel Miller Dressler (West Virginia,1970)   Appalachia is one of the most beautiful regions […]

Waking The Feminists: The Gender Parity Revolution in Irish Theatre

Lian Bell

By Elana Gartner. Waking the Feminists has been an extraordinarily successful campaign for gender parity in Irish theatres. In a relatively short period of time, Irish feminists persuaded seven major theatres, including the two largest theatres in their country, the Abbey Theatre and the Gate Theatre, to make commitments to promote gender equity throughout their organizations. The members […]

Women Speculative Fiction Writers Form Broad Universe

Octavia Butler

By Anne E. Johnson. Not every feminist wants to be called a “broad.” At the writers’ organization Broad Universe, however, that’s exactly how members refer to themselves. The road has not been easy for female writers of speculative fiction, which encompasses science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Co-opting a term with historically derogatory and misogynist meaning […]