LPTW June Awards Luncheon



June Awards Luncheon

The Ruth Morley Design Award Luncheon will be held on June 7, 2012 from 12:00PM to 2:00PM at Sardi's Restaurant.

Ann Roth will receive the Ruth Morley Design Award.

Ann Roth won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design for The English Patient, and received the following Broadway nominations: 2011 Tony Award (The Book of Mormon), 1997 Drama Desk Award (Present Laughter), 1986 Tony Award (The House of Blue Leaves), 1985 Drama Desk Award (Design For Living), 1979 Tony Award (The Crucifer of Blood), 1976 Tony Award (The Royal Family), 1976 Drama Desk Award (The Royal Family), 1965 Tony Award for Best Producer of a Play (Slow Dance on the Killing Ground). 

Rachel Reiner will receive the Lucille Lortel Award.

Rachel Reiner is the Managing Director of Resonance Ensemble, a theatre company dedicated to producing classic plays and new work inspired by the timelessness and universalism of the classics. Her production company, Rachel Reiner Productions LLC, has also produced numerous plays off-Broadway.  Additionally, she is the Senior Manager of Membership Services and Education Programs at The Broadway League, where she has worked since 1996. Rachel graduated summa cum laude from the Theatre Department at Brandeis University and is Chair of the New York City Alumni Performing Arts Network. She served a two-year term as co-President of the League of Professional Theatre Women (2009-2011), and has been co-Secretary, co-producer of the New Play Festival, and chair of the Networking Committee.

Lunch Options are Chicken, Salmon or Vegetable Primavera.

Tickets:  Member: $65; Non-Member: $70
Member Early Bird Special: $60 - Ends on Friday, May 25th, 2012 at 6PM

Use Code LPTWTIX to
purchase tickets at Member price.
1.800.838.3006 option 1 - event code 249092
Online and Phone Purchases must be made by Friday, June 1st at 6:00PM

Checks must be postmarked no later than Monday, May 28th
Send checks to:
PO Box 2292, NY, NY 10108
Please include entree choice on your check:
either Chicken, Salmon, or Vegetable Primavera

Host a Table: Member Table of 10: $600; Non-Member Table of 10: $700
Wine included! To host a table, please e-mail our VP of Programming, Mari Lyn Henry at
programs@theatrewomen.org. She will give you a code you can use to invite
friends to purchase tickets at your table. Please understand that you are
responsible for filling your table.

1 ticket for $10, 3 tickets for $20
Donated items or services will each have a bag in front of the prize, drop your raffle ticket(s) in the bag for the item(s) you would like to win.  Prizes may include theatre tickets, lunch or dinner for two, theatrical ephemera or autographed material, massages, spa treatments, mani/pedis, facials, gift baskets, et al.  Raffle tickets will be sold at the luncheon, so bring your cash or checkbook.

If you would like to donate a Gift or Service for the Raffle to raise money for the work of the League – please contact Mari Lyn Henry at programs@theatrewomen.org


No Women Directors at Cannes Again - Petition

Support Women Artists Now
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No Women-Directed Films at Cannes - Please Sign the Petition Below
Twenty-two films will be showcased at the Cannes Film Festival this year, but not one of them is directed by a woman.
A group of French feminist activists known as La Barbe issued a manifesto protesting the lack of women directors at Cannes, and now our colleague Melissa Silverstein, founder of Women and Hollywood, has put together a petition in English directed to the jurors of the Cannes Film Festival expressing our outrage at the lack of women directors in the competition and the male-dominated selection process. 
The petition calls for transparency in the film selection process and for an industry-wide discussion about the continuing problem of lack of opportunities for women directors working at the highest level of the business.

The petition was launched on Wednesday afternoon with over 170 people signing initially including many prominent women in film.  Over 1,100 people have signed so far including women artists and arts organizations from all over the world. 
Please sign the petition and encourage your friends to do so too. You can read the petition below.  If you want to sign it, please go to:


Thanks so much!

Martha Richards
Executive Director, WomenArts

Petition To the Jurors of the
Cannes Film Festival:
You will spend the next 11 days watching 22 films that the programmers and leaders of the Cannes Film Festival deemed to be the worthiest of this year's competition.

The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most prestigious festivals in the world.  Festival Films including last year's Oscar winner The Artist have gone on to have long and successful lives, and filmmakers' careers have been launched on the Croisette.  As we all know, the opportunities to have your film seen on a world stage is invaluable.

For the 2012 edition, as with the 2010 edition, there are NO FEMALE DIRECTED FILMS in competition, and in the 64 years of the Festival only one woman -- Jane Campion -- has been awarded the Palme D'Or.

Festival director Thierry Fremaux responded to the recent manifesto from La Barbe - a French feminist action group - which decried the lack of women by saying:

 "I select work on the basis of it actual qualities. We would never agree to select a film that doesn’t deserve it on the basis it was made by a woman…There is no doubt that greater space needs to be given to women within cinema. But it’s not at Cannes and in the month of May that this question needs to be raised, but rather all year and everywhere."

We call for Cannes, and other film festivals worldwide to commit to transparency and equality in the selection process of these films. We judge films as human beings, shaped by our own perspectives and experiences. It is vital, therefore, that there be equality and diversity at the point of selection.

Mr. Fremaux is correct in stating that women's rights must be addressed year round.  We, the undersigned, encourage an industry-wide discussion about this issue, and call on the leaders throughout the industry to participate in and contribute to a dialogue about how we can, to quote Mr. Fremaux, "create a greater space for women within cinema."


Melissa Silverstein, Women and Hollywood
Gloria Steinem
Robin Morgan
The Sisterhood is Global Institute
Julie Burton, The Women's Media Center
Debra Zimmerman, Women Make Movies
Gayle Nachlis, Women in Film
Terry Lawler, New York Women in Film and Television
Martha Richards, WomenArts
Jan Lisa Huttner, The Hot Pink Pen
Julie Parker Benello, Chicken & Egg Pictures
Abigail E. Disney, Fork Films
Sue Parrish, Sphinx Theatre Company, London
Julie Janata, Alliance of Women Directors
Kristin Marting, League of Professional Theatre Women
Paula Alves, Femina - International Women's Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro
The Women in the Picture Association – Israel
The International Women's Film Festival Rehovot, Israel
Petrina D'Rozario, Women in Film India
Cheryl Eagan-Donovan, Women in Film New England
Eileen Hoeter, Vancouver Women in Film
Antonella Estevez, FEMCINE, Chile's Women Film Festival
Paula Alves, Femina - International Women's Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro
WIFT, Sweden
IWFF - Dortmund/Cologne
Lynn Hershman Leeson, Hotwire Productions
Susi Newborn, WIFT New Zealand 
Martin Blankemeyer, Munich Film Society
Gillian Armstrong, Director
Marion Rosenberg, Women in Film Board (LA)
Nancy Rae Stone, Women in Film Finishing Fund (LA)
Lisa Noonan, Australian Screen Directors Authorship Collecting Society
Ariel Dougherty, Co-Founder, Women Make Movies
Ladies Lounge - Australian Women Cinematographers
Plus many others that you can see when you view the petition at:

Quick Links
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Theatre Women Feature Martha Richards in Blog30
As part of its 30th Anniversary celebration this year, The League of Professional Theatre Women has created Blog30, which features a brief interview with a different League member every day.  WomenArts Executive Director Martha Richards is one of the featured members this week.  You can read her interview by clicking here>>
The League is dedicated to increasing visibility and promoting opportunities for women in theatre. They are celebrating their anniversary with a variety of activities designed to acknowledge those who have played a major role in the Leagues' success and to launch the next 30 years.

In addition to Blog30, they are producing 30 new plays by women over the course of the year; they are publishing a special expanded version of Women in Theatre magazine; they did an Oral History Exhibit at the New York Public Library for the 
Performing Arts; and they are hosting celebrations of legendary women in theatre and doing other community outreach. For a list of all their events, please click here>>
We are especially grateful to the League for their excellent work in documenting women theatre artists over the years.  They have done a series of half-hour television interviews with leading women theatre artists, and if you go to their Women In Theatre AV Room, you can now watch 13 of those interviews online or purchase them on a DVD.
They have also compiled a great list of links to articles about women in theatre in the Articles & Links section of their website.
Congratulations to all of our colleagues at the League of Professional Theatre Women on 30 years of groundbreaking work! Thanks so much to all of the women who have worked so hard for so many years in the ongoing struggle for gender equity in theatre.

Special Thanks

WomenArts is supported this year by generous grants from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Art Happens, The Sister Fund, the Harnisch Foundation, HEW Foundation, Northern Trust Charitable Giving, Do A Little, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, the PatsyLu Fund of the Open Meadows Foundation, Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, California Community Foundation, and by gifts of time, energy and money from artists and arts supporters around the world. 

About WomenArts

WomenArts (formerly known as The Fund for Women Artists) is a community of artists and allies dedicated to celebrating and supporting art by and about women. For an overview of our programs and services, please see the About Us section of our website.

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KINGS PARK: Stories from an American Mental Institution Screening

NYWIFT/HSBC Screening Series
Kings Park: Stories from an American Mental Institution

Event: Tuesday May 22, 2012
Join us for a free advanced screening of the documentary Kings Park: Stories from an American Mental Institution, directed and produced by Lucy Winer.

After the screening, stay for a Q&A with director/producer Winer, producer Karen Eaton, senior associate producer Rachel Farmer, cinematographer Claudia Raschke-Robinson, composer Elliot Sokolov, sound designer and mixer Jon Smith, and sound recordist Jim Anderson.

Kings Park
On June 21, 1967, at the age of seventeen, Lucy Winer was committed to the female violent ward of Kings Park State Hospital following a series of failed suicide attempts. Over 30 years later, now an award-winning, veteran documentary filmmaker, Lucy returns to Kings Park for the first time since her discharge. Her journey back sparks a decade-long odyssey to confront her past and learn the story of the now-abandoned institution that once held her captive. Her meetings with other former patients, their families, and the hospital staff reveal the painful legacy of our state hospital system and the crisis left by its demise.

Following its recent sold-out premiere at the Woodstock International film Festival, Stewart Nusbaumer at Filmmaker Magazine had this to say about Kings Park:

“When the credits ended and the house lights came on the audience sat in stunned silence. After a few seconds there was a scattered applause, which grew into a thunderous roar. 
Kings Park is an extraordinarily powerful film—or three films—superbly tiered with each poignant and insightful.”

Lucy Winer Committed throughout her 30 year career to issues of social concern, Lucy Winer's credits include Greetings from Washington D.C., an impressionistic look at the First National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights; Rate It X, a critically-acclaimed documentary feature about sexism in America; Silent Pioneers, the first of its kind documentary about lesbian and gay seniors; Positive: Life with HIV, a groundbreaking, four-part public television series; and Golden Threads, an ITVS-funded documentary about the unforgettable 93-year-old lesbian activist and organizer Christine Burton. Winer’s work has been distributed theatrically in the U.S. and overseas, and broadcast nationally on PBS and cable.

Her work has been called “intriguing, often hair-raising” by The New York Times; “warm, witty and genuinely touching” by The Los Angeles Times; “immensely affecting” by The Village Voice; “hilarious” by The Hollywood Reporter; and “produced with humor, insight and irony” by Variety. Her films have been featured at numerous festivals, including Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, and London, and screened at the American Film Institute theaters in L.A. and D.C., the Walker Art Institute, the Museum of Modern Art and the New Museum. Her awards include Outstanding Film of the Year from the London Film Festival, a Golden Plaque from the Chicago International Film Festival, a Golden Athena from the Athens International Film Festival, a CINE Golden Eagle, and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Picture.

 NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are made possible, in part, by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts, the New York State Legislature and Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Foundation.

Event Information
NYWIFT/HSBC screening series
King Park: Stories from an American Mental Institution
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 22, 2012
6:30 PM
Pricing: Free for NYWIFT members
RSVP online
Location: Norwood Club
241 West 14th Street


May 2012 WomenArts Theatre & Film/Video Funding News

May 2012 Funding Newsletters

The WomenArts Funding Newsletters for May 2012 are now online. To read them, please click on the links below.

Deborah Steinberg, our Director of Artist Services, did a series of three articles in April about groups working for more opportunities for women in theatre.  Check out the WomenArts Blog to learn about the great work that is being done by the Female Playwrights Initiative in Los Angeles, 50/50 in 2020 in New York, and the Black Women Playwrights' Group in Washington, DC.



Please Note:  All programs specifically for women are now in red. Our newsletters place an emphasis on listings for women, people of color, and socially engaged artists. In addition to the newsletters above that list upcoming deadlines, we now have three pages on our website that list ongoing programs:  Ongoing Calls for Films & Videos, Ongoing Calls for Plays, and Ongoing Artist Residency Programs.  

If you miss an issue of our funding newsletters, you will always be able to find the two most recent newsletters posted in the News & Reviews section of our website at: www.WomenArts.org/news/index.htm#enews

Other Places to Check

There are several other places online where you can find information about funding for theatre and film/video artists:

WOMENARTS FUNDING LISTS - WomenArts maintains annotated lists of funders categorized by art form in the Grants/Resources section of our website at: http://www.WomenArts.org/fund/fundlists.htm.

NYFA SOURCE - The New York Foundation for the Arts maintains the most comprehensive national directory of awards, services and publications for artists in the NYFA Source section of their website at: http://www.nyfa.org/nyfa_source.asp?id=47&fid=1.

WITHOUTABOX - Film/Video artists can check Withoutabox at http://www.withoutabox.com for a more comprehensive list of general-interest film festivals.

NYCPLAYWRIGHTS ORG - There are additional lists of general interest items for playwrights at http://www.NYCPlaywrights.org.

THEATRE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP - Theatre Communications Group (www.tcg.org) is a national alliance of non-profit theatres that offers a range of online information services, publications and grants. They publish ArtSearch, a newsletter for theatre job-seekers that lists available positions all over the country, and American Theatre, a monthly magazine that provides news about the non-profit theatre world. They provide helpful resources about international theatre activities at:  http://www.tcg.org/international/index.cfm.


The Build Your Skills section of our website has articles on the basics of fundraising, publicity, fiscal sponsorships, and tips for starting out as an artist. We also have an introduction to crowd-funding that explains how to use popular online fundraising sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo.

About WomenArts

WomenArts (formerly known as The Fund for Women Artists) is a community of artists and allies dedicated to celebrating and supporting art by and about women. 

3739 Balboa Street #181
San Francisco, CA 94121
Phone: (415) 751-2202
Website: www.womenarts.org
(Note: WomenArts is the new name of The Fund for Women Artists,
a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.)