An Urgent Message from ICWP President Sharon Wallace
ICWP Anti-Racist Statement
George Floyd’s murder has opened wounds because humankind has not grappled with the issues of social and institutional racist practices. A veil isn’t enough to heal the sores of racism. The elimination of biased systems brings authentic societal progress. As a collective of writers, we know the weight of words and making each word count, but the mere language is not enough. People everywhere must purge all racist rules.
It is hard work, but committed action is needed. When the protests downsize or other forces compete for our attention, let us not lose focus on the greater good of progress towards anti-racist legislation. Let us not fail to remember the sacrifice of George Floyd’s life and our other Black brothers and sisters whose lives were lost.
As a diverse organization, we must demonstrate to our playwright members that we will wear the gauntlet and enact societal and institutional advancement that humanity now calls for.
Going forward ICWP will work on new initiatives with an eye on inclusion of Black female playwrights within the United States as well as globally. These initiatives will be designed to help end the exclusion of Black representation in the playwright community.
Upcoming Groups & Workshops
The International Centre for Women Playwrights connects, inspires, and empowers women playwrights to achieve equity on the world stages.
ICWP publishes anthologies of plays, monologues, and scenes by members and non-members.
The volume "Scenes From A Diverse World " offers college drama teachers, educators and students a rich source of scripts on unusual topics that will challenge and delight.
The volume is a 600+ page international collection of 73 scenes from plays about diversity – stories of under-represented cultural minorities.
It contains extracts for two or three characters, authored by female playwrights from many countries including Australia, Canada, Croatia, India, Italy, Indonesia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Sweden, UK and USA.
50/50 Applause Award
From 2012 - 2018 ICWP honoured theatres around the world who used their budgets fairly to represent the work of female playwrights on their stages at least 50% of the time.
The 62 recipients of the 2018 awards are found throughout Australia, Canada, Finland, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, United States, and Wales.
View the 50/50 Applause Awards 2018 videowhich showcases photos from over twenty theaters and production photos from a selection of their female authored plays.
ICWP maintains a searchable database of scripts written by women for stage, screen, TV, radio & musicals. As of 1 Jan 2019, there are over 900 plays listed.
Artistic Directors, Producers, actors, and students can find information about exciting original plays in this extensive database.
Contributions help us keep our database alive, and freely available to all women playwrights around the world.
Women playwrights and scriptwriters worldwide are invited to list their works free of charge. We encourage writers to register with ICWP as a member, but it's not required.
Why Join ICWP?
"I am an emerging playwright. I joined ICWP five years ago as I wrote my first play while nursing and raising my two young children. I was, and continue to be, a lone writer, with only my dramatic associations to guide me. Important things I have learned, among other things on this site, are: how women playwrights are still vastly underrepresented in theater, how others submit, how plays are produced, submission etiquette, the distinction b/w a guild and a union, what my rights are as a writer, and most importantly, that a group of people dedicated to one purpose is an invaluable resource to a woman writing alone."
- Stephanie Rae