Broadway Babes Get Zapped

That's "our" Mary Jane Houdina


Our own, Betty Biggers is now a published author!

A delightful memoir by Betty Biggers Galvano. From early memories of farm life, World War II, and the outbreak of Polio, to city life, college and a modeling career. Betty's quest for faith is paramount, even over her achievements and fame as a top ten model, announced on The Ed Sullivan Show. The story spans several decades, and you will be delighted as you read about the strength and grace given to Betty, by God.

I hear Betty talks about The Rehearsal Club, too in this book.  But she's saved the best of that story for us -- her story, too, is one of our memoirs in our Rehearsal Club book.  Glad to know God's grace, too, is with us always as we count our many blessings this holiday season.

(pictured l to rt: Sunny Keyser, Dottie Belle, David Lewis, Denise Pence,
Rise Clemmer, Larry Spivack and Arthur Anderson (seated)

ACTORS HOME CAROLING 2014, Wednesday, Dec. 9??

Wanna do it again this year?  We had a blast at our impromptu gathering last year -- we haven't "really" set a date, but are wondering how many might be interested in joining us during the week of Channukah.

RSVP (1) your interest; (2) if you might have transportation that could help get us out there . . .

Last year the van picked us up in the 12:30 area (no longer available); we had lunch out there; sang around 3:00 and were back in the city by 6:00pm.  This year we have no transporation out.  We know one of our women, Jan Owen, was delighted to see us -- and will be again.  Arthur Anderson, unfortunately, is suffering early dementia and will be unable to join us.  However, we hope you will remember him (and Phyllis Creore Westerman) with a card for Thanksgiving:  Arthur Anderson, 13 West 13th Street, #4GS, NYC, 10011; and, Phyllis Creore Westerman, 1150 Fifth Avenue, NYC, NY  10128  

RSVP to this e-mail if you're interested in caroling if we can arrange it!


If you missed the Rockette Alum party, book for December 6 & share with your Rehearsal Club sisters! just call the box office and use our discount code: KICK29 Joanna Rush is a powerhouse talent who will make you laugh and cry at the same time.  A beautiful piece of theater & a tribute to all of us past that certain age who are still creating and loving what we do!  Support her!  She soooo deserves it!
(212) 246-8140 or (212) 947-3499


Dear New Yorkers (primarily):
We know everyone across the country is loving the fact that we're keeping us all connected -- a few actually take the time to make sure we know it; others have been paying up their $10 dues so they can participate in the Alum Action list below.  Whatever YOU enjoy about our coming together, staying together, creating together, please, show us your continued commitment.  We've worked this past year without a Secretary.  It's necessary to fill our Officer positions in order to maintain official status.

As of this next election, Terry Baughan wants to step down as Treasurer.  We need two names on our account at the bank.  We need a Treasurer.  We need a Secretary.  Our FOUNDATION has been laid and the actual "work" is very basic, but we DO need volunteers who CARE where we go, want to go and, ultimately we need those who want to be an active part of making our goals a reality.    


Our women continue to get hired and/or generate their own work. 
OLYVE HALLMARK ABBOTTone of our Cinderella writers, is already a published writer - check out her books on Amazon.com (her last book, Come Sundown, was ranked in the Top 50!) RC Alum TV performers might find TV-Live or Dead especially fascinating.
TERRY BAUGHAN was the 1st Place Winner in her college alumni association's short story contest, published, April 2015.
is a former Rockette, featured in the upcoming Diet Coke documentary; now runs her own business as a personal physical therapist -
BETTY BIGGERS is retired, but constantly busy campaigning for her son, a Republican Congressman and has just completed her first book, "Zapped by the Spirit."   
a member of Actor's Studio, is continually writing & performing.
KATHY CONRY continues to direct and choreograph professionally while producing projects for her ministry.  
CYNTHIA DARLOW is a working actress in NYC and a current member of TACT
DIANE FINDLEY  is coming to Broadway again soon in Gotta Dance.
ANDREA FRIERSON is a singer, actor, and writer living in New York City.  Currently, she performs her one-woman show, "me & ella" throughout the U.S.  
BETTY GALVANO has a new book, "Zapped By The Spirit" released September, 2015
SUSAN GARVEY was cast in Calendar Girls ("Annie Clarke") & is pulling double-duty as Myra Brhul" in Deathtrap about the same time (Oct. 29 - Nov. 22) Next Stop Theatre!
PATRICIA HILL  continues behind the camera with Mr. Robinson (NBC)
LIZ HODES continues to produce & perform out of her home in NYC.  Next up:  State of the Union, Nov 15, 2015  Contact:  lizhodes@yahoo.com

SUNNY KEYSER's daughter, Jen Halpern, casting director, also produces an annual "Rescue Men" calendar featuring men who adopt our furry friends: www.rescuemen.org

MARSHA KRAMER continues to work in LA; most recently on Modern Family
FRANCINE MANCINI continues to perform her original music & lyrics for her rock band, "NO UTURNS."  www.nouturnsad.wix.com/rock
DIANE PHELAN, our 2013 RC Rising Star is in "King and I." www.dianephelan.com
GRACE KILEY's Ongoing and Master Classes in Acting & Directing.  Contact her directly at gracekiley@gmail.com
MARY JANE HOUDINA teaches Pilates, adult jazz & tap  @ 5-6-7-8 Dance Arts (Brewster, N.Y.) & @ Logrea Dance Academy (Ossining, N.Y) regularly.  She continues to choreograph professionally, most recently "High Society".
LEE KELLEY s available for coaching
MELANIE MAYRON is actively directing; watch for her name in Pretty Little Liars, Grace & Frankie; and Jane the Virgin.
ANNIE O'DONNELL continues to perform & can be seen in features like, Jersey Boys & The Artist while continuing to guest star regularly.
DENISE PENCE continues her weekly broadcast, "The Cinematic Arts" for Gatewave Radio, is an Associate Member of Articulate Theatre Company in NYC and teaches "Business of the Buzz" at the SAG-AFTRA Conservatory (next seminar Dec. 11). (www.articulatetheatre.com)   www.denisepence.com 
CHERYL STEINTHAL  is a retired Rockette currently active with the Original Florida Follies (performers are 61-92 years young). She choreographed their next show, "A Brand New Day"  http://www.theoriginalfloridafollies.com
AMANDA TREES recently co-authored and starred as "Alice" in Alice Are You, based on Alice in Wonderland, performed in Brooklyn to a sold out crowd. www.aliceareyou.com

Contact us with your Goings On!
Paid up member's latest news is repeated on our website: Then & Now
(special thank you to Francine Mancini for web updates)

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League of Professional Theatre Women: Parity Study

Supporting theatrical work written, directed, and designed by women.

In This Newsletter: November 24, 2015

Dear Friends, Members, and Supporters,

The holiday season approaches! For most, this is an opportunity to relax and reboot as the year comes to a close. In that spirit, Works by Women will be on hiatus for the month of December.

this doesn't mean that the work for Parity stops!

If you would like us to promote your production during December, please send us all relevant info by Thanksgiving - November 26, 2015.

Happy Thanksgiving!

In Solidarity,
The Works by Women Team

Women Count:
Women Hired Off-Broadway 2010-2015

by Judith Binus
Martha Wade Steketee

October 2015

The League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW), as part of a larger initiative called Women Count, has issued findings from its second annual analysis of the status of women employed in New York City theatres off-stage and outside the Broadway district.

The 2015 study, conducted by LPTW members Judith Binus and Martha Wade Steketee, analyzes employment in 13 professional roles (including playwrights, directors, and designers) in 455 Off- and Off-Off-Broadway productions in 22 theatre companies for five complete seasons, 2010-2011 through 2014-2015.

                                            MORE ABOUT THE STUDY HERE


The Likhachev Foundation (St. Petersburg, Russia) and the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center (Moscow, Russia), with support of the Committee on External Relations of Saint Petersburg announce a competition for 2-week cultural fellowships in Russia (St. Petersburg) from May 9 until May 22, 2016 for foreign professionals in the field of arts and culture who work on projects related to Russian culture and history and aimed at a broad foreign audience. Airfare (economy class) and accommodation in St. Petersburg will be covered by the organizers.

DUE: February 1, 2016

Ellen Stewart International Award Nominations Open
Deadline: November 30th
The new Ellen Stewart International is an Award given to an individual theatre artist or theatre company whose work promotes social change, and community participation with a particular focus on the engagement of young people. Named for La MaMa founder Ellen Stewart, The International award celebrates her remarkable lifetime achievements in the theatre and her dedication to creating a world theatre which embraces all traditions and cultural identities.
Through the theatre, countless younger people were inspired by Ellen Stewart as artists and generators of personal and social change. With the support of the ITI International Theatre Institute, La MaMa New York and Italy, and the Spoleto Festival of 2 Worlds, the recipient of The Ellen Stewart International Award will attend the ITI World Congress, receive an artistic residency at La MaMa Umbria to create a new work, and the financial and production support to present the new work at the Spoleto Festival of 2 Worlds, and subsequently at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in New York.

For more information: 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EllenStewartInternationalAward/
Email: estewartaward@gmail.com
Submit to the Susan Glaspell Contest!

The Centenary Stage Company, an Equity theatre in residence on the campus of Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ is accepting submissions for the 2016 Women Playwrights Series (WPS) and Susan Glaspell Contest. Now in its 24th year, the WPS is a developmental program dedicated to providing a working forum for the unique and underserved voice of women writing for the theatre today.


Please join The Ziegfield Club on Thursday January 14th, 2016 at 7 pm for a performance of the delicious Broadway comedy SYLVIA!

Funny and heartwarming, SYLVIA is about what happens when a smart, sassy, captivating canine befriends a New Yorker in Central Park and changes his life— and his wife's life forever.

All tickets are orchestra seats and cost $200 each - purchase

We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to join us for this incredible comedy and support the Ziegfeld Club as we endeavor to help women create new work in musical theater. We must receive your orders no later than December 9th.


Written by Renee Philippi
HERE Arts Center
145 6th Avenue

In a world created entirely of paper, in which women and water are metaphors for one another, this heartwarming new work explores themes of conservation and regeneration, and at its heart, our eternal quest for happiness. 

directed by Katrin Hilbe
The Cell
338 W. 23rd Street
Between 8th and 9th Avenues
New York, NY
November 27- December 20, 2015
It's Christmas time in Georgia as two Catholic spinsters are suddenly thrust into a verbal smackdown with a perky evangelist who as arrived at their doorstep to save their souls.

The discount code allows for $14 Adult Web tickets and $12 Senior Web Tickets. 

Written by Terry Berliner

Beckett Theatre on Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street

Local politician David Carver's meteoric rise has caught the eye of the heavy political hitters in NYC and beyond. But the burgeoning career of the charismatic campaigner is threatened by a startling accusation. PROMISING is at once a scathingly funny and shocking indictment of our current political climate.


$20 (Regularly $25)
ONLINE: Visit 
TelechargeOffers.com and use code TRPROMRRM
PHONE: Call 
212-947-8844 and mention code TRPROMRRM


In MEMBER CORNER, members of Works by Women can share productions they are working on which feature many women artists, but either have a run of less than 2 weeks or do not meet the 50/50 writer, director, design team Works by Women requires. If you would like your project to be included, please email  info@worksbywomen.org with the subject "Member Corner and Title of Your Show" by Monday at noon.
Women w/o Walls
written by Robin Rice
directed by Frances Loy

The Lounge Theatre

6201 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
November 7- December 12, 2015

based on the myth of Charon the ferryman on the River Styx, inspired by Dante's
 Inferno and Sartre's No Exit.

For more information
click here

Tickets $22
by Laurence Leamer
directed by Caroline Reddick Lawson

The Clurman Theatre, Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street, NYC

November 21 – December 13, 2015

Featuring Kathleen Chalfant
Rose is the Kennedy story as told by the matriarch who lived it all. Set in 1969 at the Kennedy's Hyannis Port compound the week after Teddy's fateful accident at Chappaquiddick, Rose struggles with all the tragedies the Kennedys have overcome and finds new understanding of the choices she made as well as those made by her husband and children.

THAT "CERTAIN AGE" - Short Operas about aging with Grace & Humor
Mira J Spektor - Artistic Director & Friends 
 TUESDAY DECEMBER 1 -  7:30pm 
330, 7th Ave
New York, NY 
in American, French, Italian, Japanese & Jewish musical stories!!!!
Stage Director: Rina Elisha
Music Director: Barbara Ames   
Composers: Anne Phillips, Alice Shields, Mira J Spektor, Seymour Barab, Haim Elisha, 
LPTW ...Made possible in part by a grant from NYWC to Anne Phillips 
Reception Included - Admission: $20 
For INFORMATION & RESERVATIONS: email mirasjpektor@earthlink.net

Do you have a service to offer, are you a business owner interested in supporting Works by Women in exchange for publicity? To get in touch please email info@worksbywomen.org

We depend on donations from our members and
supporters to continue to advocate for change.