11/16/2020

Broadway World: Photo Flash from our 2020 Elsa Rael VintAge Award

Photo Flash: The Women In The Arts & Media Coalition Presents the 2020 Elsa Rael VintAge Award

The 2020 Elsa Rael VintAge Award honoree was Martha Richards.

 https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Photo-Flash-The-Women-In-The-Arts-Media-Coalition-Presents-the-2020-Elsa-Rael-VintAge-Award-20201116

        

The Women in the Arts & Media Coalition hosted a digital presentation of the 2020 VintAge Award, which celebrates the voice and vision of women in the arts and media as they age, on Saturday, November 14 via Zoom.

See photos below!

The 2020 Elsa Rael VintAge Award honoree was Martha Richards, the Founder and President of WomenArts, originally The Fund for Women Artists, an affiliate member organization of the Coalition. The award was presented to Ms. Richards by Dame Rosemary Squire, Co-Founder of Ambassador Theatre Group and Trafalgar Entertainment and the first woman to be named UK Entrepreneur of the Year.

The event was co-hosted by Avis Boone and Yvonne Curry, Co-Presidents of the Coalition, along with Shellen Lubin and Mary Hodges, Co-Presidents of the League of Professional Theatre Women, the organization which founded the Coalition through the concerted efforts of Elsa Rael for whom the award is named, was also be in attendance.

The ceremony included speakers who have worked with Ms. Richards throughout her illustrious career.

Alice Tuan

Photo Flash: The Women In The Arts & Media Coalition Presents the 2020 Elsa Rael VintAge Award
Avis Boone and Yvonne Curry

Photo Flash: The Women In The Arts & Media Coalition Presents the 2020 Elsa Rael VintAge Award
Avis Boone

Photo Flash: The Women In The Arts & Media Coalition Presents the 2020 Elsa Rael VintAge Award
Elsa Rael

Photo Flash: The Women In The Arts & Media Coalition Presents the 2020 Elsa Rael VintAge Award
Martha Richards

Photo Flash: The Women In The Arts & Media Coalition Presents the 2020 Elsa Rael VintAge Award
Martha Richards

Photo Flash: The Women In The Arts & Media Coalition Presents the 2020 Elsa Rael VintAge Award
, 2020 Elsa Rael VintAge Award recipient

Photo Flash: The Women In The Arts & Media Coalition Presents the 2020 Elsa Rael VintAge Award
Mary Hodges and Shellen Lubin

Photo Flash: The Women In The Arts & Media Coalition Presents the 2020 Elsa Rael VintAge Award
Mary Hodges

Photo Flash: The Women In The Arts & Media Coalition Presents the 2020 Elsa Rael VintAge Award
Paul Tetreault

Photo Flash: The Women In The Arts & Media Coalition Presents the 2020 Elsa Rael VintAge Award
Dame Rosemary Squire and Martha Richards

Photo Flash: The Women In The Arts & Media Coalition Presents the 2020 Elsa Rael VintAge Award
Dame Rosemary Squire

Photo Flash: The Women In The Arts & Media Coalition Presents the 2020 Elsa Rael VintAge Award
Shellen Lubin

Photo Flash: The Women In The Arts & Media Coalition Presents the 2020 Elsa Rael VintAge Award
Shellen Lubin, Avis Boone, Yvonne Curry, and Mary Hodges

Photo Flash: The Women In The Arts & Media Coalition Presents the 2020 Elsa Rael VintAge Award
Shellen Lubin, Avis Boone, Yvonne Curry, and Mary Hodges


11/12/2020

VintAge 2020, LPTW Oral History, and Native American Heritage Month

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THE WOMEN IN THE ARTS & MEDIA COALITION
PRESENTS THE
2020 VintAge Award

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14
3 pm East Coast
12 noon West Coast

ON ZOOM
Dame Rosemary Squire will present the 2020 Elsa Rael VintAge Award recipient to Martha Richards, Founder of WomenArts. Martha has dedicated her life to women in the arts at every stage of their career, around the world, and always with an eye to Diversity and Inclusion.

The event will include speakers and performers
celebrating Martha's lifetime of advocacy work.
Read all about all the speakers and performers
on the VintAge page on our website.

Included will be memories from SWAN Day of
Sandra Oh, Famke Janssen, andIsabel Allende.

Tickets are only $10 for all members of our member orgs
(check our website if you're not sure).

Hoping you can join us!




Have any questions? Email us!
From the League of Professional Theatre Women

   MICKI GRANT interviewed by RICHARDA ABRAMS
     picture by Sneak Peak Photography
 
Monday, November 16, 2020 @ 6PM
Online on Zoom
This interview is prerecorded
and will be followed by a live Q&A.
If you would like to host or attend a pre or post-interview Zoom party email Ludovica@TheatreWomen.org

For the first installment of the
Oral History Project's 2020-2021 season,
 Micki Grant will talk about her prolific
and multi-faceted career with Richarda Abrams.  

Micki Grant is a multi-award-winning composer, lyricist, playwright, librettist, singer, and actress. Ms. Grant has been involved in the creation of some 18 theatrical productions, five of them on Broadway. With the long-running Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, in which she also starred, she became the first woman to win a Grammy Award for the score of a Broadway musical. She also received Tony nominations for book, music, and lyrics. Read more here

Richarda Abrams, daughter of the late Dr. Muhal Richard Abrams (musician/composer/visionary/co-founder of the Association for The Advancement of Creative Musicians) is a three-time AUDELCO award-winning actress, singer, playwright, and producer of First By Faith: The Life Of Mary McLeod Bethune, which received the 2019 AUDELCO VIV Award for Solo Performance of the Year. Read more here.

The Oral History Project is an ongoing program of the League of Professional Theatre Women that chronicles and documents the contributions of significant theatre women in all fields. Founded and produced for 26 years by the late Betty Corwin, the Oral History Project is currently produced for the League by Ludovica Villar-Hauser. 
The League of Professional Theatre Women’s Oral History Project has previously featured interviews with such notables as Billie Allen, Kia Corthron, Tyne Daly, Carmen de Lavallade, Christine Ebersole, Angela Lansbury, Baayork Lee, Laura Linney, Patti LuPone, Frances McDormand, Bebe Neuwirth, Chita Rivera, Daryl Roth, Mercedes Ruehl, Paula Vogel, Lynn Nottage, among many other theatrical legends. 
 
You can watch a previous iteration of Oral History with Judith Light and Leigh Silverman on Monday, December 7th at 5:30p. Register HERE. 

This program is made possible, in part, with funds from the NYS Council on the Arts, a state agency, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. The Oral History Project also enjoys continued support from the Edith Meiser Foundation.

10/30/2020

Dame Rosemary Squire Will Present VintAge Award to Martha Richards

IN THIS ISSUE:  Dame Rosemary Squire will present the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition's VintAge Award to Martha Richards.
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Dame Rosemary Squire Will Present the Elsa Rael VintAge Award to Martha Richards

Dear Women in the Arts & Media Coalit,

The Women in the Arts and Media Coalition will honor Martha Richards, the Founder and President of WomenArts, with its 2020 Elsa Rael VintAge Award in an online ceremony on Saturday, November 14 from 12 noon- 2 p.m. Pacific Time (3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Eastern Time).

The award will celebrate Richards' advocacy for women in the arts and media as they age.  The online event will feature friends and colleagues from various phases of her 45-year career, including Dame Rosemary Squire, one of the most prominent women in British theatre, and Paul Tetreault, the Director of the historic Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.  Tickets are $10 for Coalition members/$15 for non-members and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

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Dame Rosemary Squire & Martha Richards:
The Feminist Theatre Connection
Dame Rosemary Squire
Martha Richards met Dame Rosemary Squire in 1984 when Richards was working at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College

Richards saw an article in the NY Times indicating that the award-winning British actress, Glenda Jackson, was involved in a theatre company in London called the Women's Playhouse Trust, which aimed to bring feminist perspectives to the theatre profession.

Richards promptly wrote to Jackson and offered to use her vacation time to work with the company as a volunteer administrator.  Jackson forwarded her resume to Rosemary Squire, who was working as the company's administrator, and Richards ended up spending several inspiring weeks working on the first Women's Playhouse Trust production, a revival of Aphra Behn's The Lucky Chance, starring Alan Rickman and Harriet Walter at the Royal Court Theatre in London.

The conversations that Richards had with Rosemary Squire and her colleagues, Sue Parrish and Jules Wright, had a profound impact on Richards.  Since the Women's Playhouse Trust team had recognized that many talented women were not getting work in mainstream theatres, they had decided to create more opportunities for them by building a professional company of their own. Ten years later Richards created WomenArts with a similar goal of creating more opportunities for marginalized women artists by helping them get more access to grants and other resources.

Meanwhile, in 1992 Rosemary Squire co-founded Ambassador Theatre Group, which went on to become the world's number one live-theatre company with over 50 venues in Britain, the US and Europe.  Squire and her husband/business partner, Sir Howard Panter, topped The Stage 100 for seven consecutive record-breaking years. In 2007 Rosemary was awarded an OBE for Services to Theatre and in 2018 she received a Damehood for Services to Theatre and Philanthropy. Squire is currently co-founder, Joint CEO and Executive Chair of Trafalgar Entertainment, a premium international live entertainment business.

Squire has remained a strong advocate for women throughout her career.  When she accepted her Damehood, she said, "I hope that what I've been able to achieve will convince young entrepreneurs, particularly women just starting out, that they can succeed in this industry - and that it can be a fascinating and rewarding journey."

Other Speakers
Paul Tetreault
Other speakers will include Paul Tetreault, the Director of Ford's Theater in Washington, DC and a leader in the planning of the city-wide Women's Voices Festival; Rebecca Strang, who was the Marketing Director at StageWest while Richards was the Managing Director there; and Christine Young, a WomenArts Board Member who is the Director of the Honors College at University of San Francisco and a co-author of Not Even: A Study of Gender Parity in Bay Area Theatres
Other colleagues who will speak include Jovelyn Richards,  a writer, performance artist, storyteller, radio host, and diversity consultant; Deborah Magdalena, founder of Spoken Soul Festival/SWAN Day Miami, Melinda Pfundstein, Executive Director of StateraArts in Cedar City, UT; award-winning playwright Alice Tuan; and Sophie Dowllar, the principal organizer of SWAN Day Kenya.  There will also be musical performances by Shellen LubinJennifer HillLydiah Dola, and Mary D. Watkins.
The event is a benefit for the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, which has been a strong partner of WomenArts.  In 2013 the Coalition  took over the publication of the monthly theatre and film/video funding newsletters (now called #StageOpps and #ScreenOpps), which WomenArts had published for the preceding 12 years.

Please help them continue their important work by making a gift to the Coalition in Martha Richards' honor. Gifts of any amount are welcome!
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Looking for Theatre or Film Opportunities or Grants? 
Free Monthly #StageOpps and #ScreenOpps Newsletters Can Help!
Women in the Arts and Media Coalition in collaboration with WomenArts is publishing free newsletters for theatre and film/video artists listing submission opportunities, grants, auditions, residencies and more. You can follow #StageOpps and #ScreenOpps on Twitter or see the latest issues by visiting the Coalition's website.

To submit listings for the #StageOpps or #ScreenOpps newsletters, please write to: stageopps@womenartsmediacoalition.org or screenopps@womenartsmediacoalition.org.