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DATE: Feb 16th 2018

CONTACT:

Name: Patricia L. Morin, Margaret McSeveney
Phone: 01-415-328-1050
Email: awards@womenplaywrights.org

Nominations are open: 2018 ICWP 50/50 Applause Awards for Theatre Gender Parity

 (The World) - The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) is proud to sponsor the seventh annual 50/50 Applause Award, celebrating theatres who achieve gender equity for playwrights in their 2017-2018 Season.  The nomination window for the 2017-2018 theatrical season is open!

The balance of opportunity, employment and career prospects for female dramatists has lagged well behind their male counterparts. The sheer amount of academic research and published reports is staggering. Landmark events include, in 1978, the Feminist Theatre Study Group picketed five shows on London’s West End, through 2009 with an article by Marsha Norman and a 2010 speech by Theresa Rebeck and the 2016 outcry in Dublin, Ireland that gave birth to the movement #WakingtheFeminists.  There is an ever-brightening spotlight on theatre companies around the world who consistently produce the work of male playwrights at roughly double the rate of female playwrights. Activist groups and, in France, government committees, have urged theatre managements and artistic directors to implement gender equity policies when selecting works for their seasons.  The exponential growth of independent female-only  theatre companies is a symptom of the gender bias that has existed and still exists in the majority of large publicly funded theatres. 

Awards Co-chair Patricia L. Morin said “ We hope theatres everywhere will examine their own production output and see how they stack up in terms of playwrights’ gender and that their local subscribers and patrons will do the same. They can find the criteria we are using for the 2017 -2018 Applause Awards on our website and, if their local theatre qualifies, make a nomination.”

This year's nomination form will remain open until 15 March 2018 on the ICWP website, http://www.womenplaywrights.org where you will also find links to videos, press releases, and news. Anyone may nominate eligible theatres. 

The eligibility criteria have changed from previous years. Here are highlights of the new qualifying criteria:

- Have at least three productions in their season

- Have plays by both female and male dramatists in their season

- At least 50% of the plays produced between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018 are the work of female playwrights

- At least 50% of the total number of performances during that window are the work of female playwrights

- Only Main Stage productions will qualify where a company has several venues.

- Theatres may not have the development of works by women as their main mission statement

The guidelines are available at http://www.womenplaywrights.org/award. Please contact us if you need translation assistance. We have French and Spanish versions available.

Nominations may come from artistic directors, theatre employees and members of the public. Please share this information with your theatre friends and colleagues around the world! Recipients of the 2017/18 award will be announced in May 2018.

For more about the awards history and previous recipients, go to http://womenplaywrights.org/50-50-Awards-History

 

ABOUT ICWP

Established in 1989, The International Centre for Women Playwrights promotes and supports women playwrights. We aim to help achieve a fair representation of the female imagination on the world’s stages. ICWP provides a place for peer support, knowledge-sharing, and play publication

 

Email: awards@womenplaywrights.org
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For Immediate Release Feb 5th 2018


DATE: Feb 5th 2018

CONTACT:
Name: Patricia L. Morin, Margaret McSeveney
Phone: 01-415-328-1050
Email: awards@womenplaywrights.org
Web Address: http://www.womenplaywrghts.org
Twitter: http://twitter.com/icwp
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WomenPlaywrights/

International Theatre Awards for Gender Equity - 50/50 Applause Awards

The International Centre for Women Playwrights celebrate theatres promoting women playwrights in 50% of their Season!

(The World) – The International Centre for Women Playwrights campaigns for gender equity for female dramatists across the world. This year sees their seventh Annual Awards to theatres which have produced works by female writers at least 50% of their season from 1 July 2017 – 30 June 2018. Set against a background of the recent scandals of abuse towards women in the arts and media, the Awards committee sees the low employment rates of female playwrights as an economic abuse that needs to be highlighted continually, until parity is achieved.

In the last decade, research by the media and academics from the USA, Canada, UK and Australia, have uncovered the disturbing imbalance in favour of male playwrights in the subsidized theatre sector. In France, research shows that in the five National theatres the percentage of female-authored plays ranges from 19% - 30% for the years 2013-2017. The French Department of Culture has issued guidelines for producing companies to follow. Professional theatres across the world, like the Abbey Theatre in Ireland, have committed to take action to achieve gender equity in their programming. The ICWP 50/50 Applause Award will demonstrate how far they and other theatres have progressed. For the seventh annual 50/50 Applause Awards, where a theatre company operates several venues, only Main Stage productions will be taken into consideration. Research has shown that male-authored plays still dominate in Main Stages. College and University productions are also eligible to be nominated, as those are where future theatre professionals are trained, and their “ ethos” is important in the quest for equality.

Co-chair of the 50/50 Applause Awards committee, Patricia L. Morin, said, “We want to applaud professional theatres showing works by women at least half the time on Main Stages with their larger budgets, seating capacity and media attention. Our greater focus on the performance output of Colleges, Universities, and Theatre Education institutions, will reveal how the training of future theatre professionals is or is not reinforcing the current gender inequalities.”

Information on Theatres is gathered by a dedicated team of international volunteer researchers. Anyone, including theatre staff and members of the public can nominate a theatre they think qualifies under the 2017-2018 guidelines. The 50/50 Applause Awards are this year being championed by multi-award-winning playwright Lauren Gunderson who was announced as the most produced playwright in America in the 2017-2018 season by American Theatre Magazine and is a member of ICWP.

This year's nomination form will go live on February 15th

The guidelines are available at http://www.womenplaywrights.org/award

Please contact us if you need translation assistance.

Please share this information with your theatre friends around the world! Recipients of the 2017/18 award will be announced May 30th, 2018.

http://www.womenplaywrights.org where there are also links to videos, press releases, and news

For more about the awards history and previous recipients, go to
http://womenplaywrights.org/50-50-Awards-History

ABOUT ICWP

Established in 1989, The International Centre for Women Playwrights promotes and supports women playwrights. We aim to help achieve a fair representation of the female imagination on the world’s stages. ICWP provides a place for peer support, knowledge-sharing, and play publication. It is our goal to see more gender equity in professional theatres and for women playwrights to sustain careers as dramatists.

http://www.womenplaywrights.org


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