WomenArts Celebrates Bay Area Women In Theatre With Two Events This Month
Dear Women in the Arts & Media Coalit,
The San Francisco Bay Area, where WomenArts is based, has become a hotbed for gender parity efforts in theatre lately:
* We have monthly salons and a Meet-up group
of women who go to plays by women together;
* We have established an active Gender Parity Committee at Theatre Bay Area
, an alliance of over 400 local theatre and dance companies;
* The Counting Actors Project
has been gathering statistics about women actors, directors, and playwrights for the past three years;
* Works by Women SF
tracks local events and keeps us up to date on national and international theatre trends.
WomenArts will celebrate the amazing Bay Area women's theatre community with two special events this month: WomenArts Night at PlayGround on Monday, March 16 and SWAN Day Bay Area on Saturday, March 28.
WomenArts Night at PlayGround
Monday, March 16 at 8 p.m. at Berkeley Rep
WomenArts will present an evening of six ten-minute plays about women in collaboration with PlayGround
, the Bay Area’s leading playwright incubator, on Monday, March 16 at 8 p.m.
at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA.
The 48 playwrights in PlayGround's development program have been given four and a half days to write ten-minute plays on the topic, Herstory: The Greatest Stories Never Told
Martha Richards and Christine Young of WomenArts will review the scripts with PlayGround's Artistic Director Jim Kleinmann and others this week, and then the top six plays will be rehearsed with professional actors and directors for one-and-a-half hours each and presented as script-in-hand staged readings at WomenArts Night
as part of the monthly series, Monday Night PlayGround.
WomenArts is delighted to be collaborating with PlayGround because of the company's long-standing commitment to gender parity, both on and off stage. Half of PlayGround’s company of writers, actors and directors are women, and PlayGround has been recognized by the International Centre for Women Playwrights
with a 50/50 Applause Award
for 2014 because 50% of the plays they produced last year were written by women.
SWAN Day Bay Area at Ashby Stage
Saturday, March 28 at 3 p.m.
- Learn about the world-wide movement for gender parity in the arts from WomenArts Executive Director Martha Richards;
- See four short plays by and about women presented in collaboration with PlayGround and Symmetry Theatre;
- Get the facts about gender parity in our community from Valerie Weak's highly-anticipated Counting Actors Project study of 500 local productions over the past 3 years;
- Celebrate & strategize with us at a special networking reception following the show.
is celebrating her 20th year as Executive Director of WomenArts. In 2008 Richards and film critic Jan Lisa Huttner created Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day
. In the first seven years of this new holiday, there have been over 1,200 SWAN events in 24 countries. This year, there will be events all over the U.S, and in Burundi, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Turkey, and New Zealand! Richards will speak about the remarkable growth of SWAN Day and the increasing interest in gender parity in the arts in the U.S. and elsewhere. Four Ten-Minute Plays
- To provide a sample of the talented women artists in the Bay Area, WomenArts will present four ten-minute plays - three on the theme of Herstory: The Greatest Story Never Told
from the WomenArts Night at PlayGround
, and an excerpt from Katie May's Abominable
presented by Symmetry Theatre
, another local company that practices gender parity in its casting and play selections.
has been collecting statistics on women actors, directors, and playwrights at Bay Area theatres for the past three years through her Counting Actors Project
. She now has over 500 plays in her database. She will release the cumulative summary of her findings for the first time at SWAN Day Bay Area. Networking Reception
- Following the show, audience members will be invited to stay for a free wine and cheese reception where people can network and continue the conversation about the best ways to advance women artists in theatre.
WomenArts is especially proud to present SWAN Day Bay Area
at Shotgun Players' Ashby Stage, because Shotgun Players
has just announced a full season of plays by women including six mainstage plays and six staged readings. Bravo!!!
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