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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 a Facebook group of feminist theatre artists with almost 600 members;
* 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. 
Click Here to Buy Your Tickets Online!
$15 General/$20 Priority/$10 Students
Buy Tickets At The Door - $20.

SWAN Day Bay Area at Ashby Stage
Saturday, March 28 at 3 p.m. 
WomenArts will host a special Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day celebration of Bay Area women in theatre on Saturday, March 28 at 3 p.m. at Shotgun Players' Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Ave, Berkeley, CA.

Admission is free, but space is limited.
Click Here to Reserve Your Seats for SWAN Day Bay Area!
  • 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.
Martha Richards 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.
Valerie Weak 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!!!
WomenArts Night at PlayGround

WomenArts Night at PlayGround will feature 6 ten-minute plays inspired by Women's Herstory.  
Monday, March 16
8 pm at Berkeley Rep
2025 Addison, Berkeley

(Presented by WomenArts and PlayGround.)
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Buy Your Tickets Now!

$15/$20/$10 Students

Buy Your Tickets at the Door - $20

SWAN Day Bay Area - Ashby Stage
Lisa Morse & Cathleen Riddley
Lisa Morse & Cathleen Riddley in the 16th Best of PlayGround Festival
SWAN Day Bay Area will showcase local women in theatre, share the facts about our employment, and stimulate discussion about ways to achieve gender parity in our community.

Saturday, March 28
3 pm at Ashby Stage
1901 Ashby, Berkeley
(Presented by WomenArts in collaboration with PlayGroundSymmetry Theatre & the Counting Actors Project)

Click Here to Reserve Your Free Tickets Now!
Admission is free but space is limited.

Celebrate SWAN Day In the Bay Area All Day!
If you are in the Bay Area and want to celebrate SWAN Day all day on March 28, it is easy this year.
Start your day at SWAN Day Martinez, an outdoor visual and performing arts fair held  at the Old Train Depot parking lot in Martinez.

Then come to WomenArts' free SWAN Day Bay Area at Ashby Stage in Berkeley from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

In the evening, you could return to Ashby Stage at 8 p.m. to see Anne Carson's Antigonick, the first play of Shotgun Players’ all-women playwrights’ season, or head over to the East Side Arts Alliance, 2277 International Boulevard in Oakland for a 7 p.m. reading of Out of Control, a new play by Opal Palmer Adisa presented by the Lower Bottom Playas.
Everyone Is Invited to Celebrate SWAN Day!
Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day is a grassroots "do it yourself" holiday, and everyone is invited to join us in honoring women's creativity. The official date for the 8th International SWAN Day is Saturday, March 28, 2015, but please feel free to celebrate it any time during March or April that is convenient for you. The spirit of SWAN events is far more important than the exact dates.

There are no fees or application forms required to participate in SWAN Day. If you decide to create a SWAN event or if you are doing any event in March or April featuring women artists, we invite you to create a free listing on our official SWAN Calendar.  

We will be featuring SWAN events in the WomenArts Blog and  newsletters during March and April 2015.  If you want us to write about you, creating a listing in the SWAN Calendar is the best way to let us know about your event.

Did You Get Your Free #StageOpps & #ScreenOpps Newsletters?
Women in Arts and Media Coalition in collaboration with WomenArts and the League of Professional Theatre Women is publishing free newsletters for theatre and film/video artists listing submission opportunities, grants, auditions, residencies and more.  Click the links below or follow the #StageOpps and #ScreenOpps tags on Twitter.  There are links at the bottom of each funding newsletter which will let you sign up to receive them by email.

Theatre Artists - You can see the current issue of #StageOpps (formerly the Theatre Funding News) by clicking here.

Film/Video Artists - You can see the current issue of #ScreenOpps (formerly the Film/Video Funding News) by clicking here.

To Submit a Listing - To submit a listing for the #StageOpps or #ScreenOpps newsletters, please visit the Women in Arts and Media Coalition's Submit a Listing Page

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