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A blog for women-related theatre issues worldwide.

  • 13 May 2014 8:08 PM | Anonymous


    Director Elizabeth Vega and I have become a producing team: We are THOSE WOMEN PRODUCTIONS, and we make theatre for people who like questions more than answers.

    Our first production will be Just Deserts, a comedy about justice and revenge, opening August 29 at the Metal Shop Theatre in Berkeley.  Here’s a little more about us:


    Those Women make theatre for people who love great stories and want to explore big questions.  Our plays are rooted in the stories that have made us who we areundefinedthe myths, tales and legends of western culture.  We approach these tales from new angles, giving the stage to hidden truths of gender and power and to the unheard voices of women.  We practice radical hospitalityundefinedeverybody is welcome regardless of their ability to pay.  We only ask that our audiences come to the theatre curious; we promise to leave them more curious still.

    Read the full blog post here

  • 13 May 2014 5:38 PM | Anonymous
    Boston hosted an inspiring meeting that was live-streamed across the USA, delving into recent statistics, lived reality and hopes for the future of gender parity in theatre.
  • 29 Mar 2014 8:10 AM | Anonymous

    WOMEN ARE FUNNY! The facts are in…

    An international playwriting competition has delivered the verdict⎯Women are Funny.

    Jacqueline Goldfinger & Jennifer MacMillan proved the point as the inaugural winners of a collaborative project between The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) and Playscripts Inc. Their one-act play for High School students, Enter Bogart, attracts a $1,000 prize, a year membership of ICWP, and publication of the playscript.

    The competition was for women playwrights, a move that both organisations are making as one way to redress the gender balance in the world of theatre.  Playscripts received all the entries and ICWP judged the finalists with an international panel of judges.

    Enter Bogart out-tickled two plays that received ‘honourable mentions’: What Not To Do At The Districts by Samara Siskind and Ella's Magic Garden by ICWP member Shirley King, who were the runners up in this years competition. Winner Jacqueline, is a co-founder of The Foundry, which is an organization that supports the development of emerging playwrights. Jennifer is a professional actor, director, and theater educator. Enter Bogart is the first play that she's written.

    The competition forges a positive relationship between Playscripts, Inc and ICWP as both have a mission to make available new plays with diverse voices.

    Press release

  • 18 Mar 2014 12:39 PM | Deleted user
    Playwright and ICWP board member, Kris Bauske will have her play "Whispers to the Moon" read by Dezart Performs as part of their 6th Annual Play Reading Series on April 12, 2014 at 7:30 PM.  Dezart Performs will hold the reading at the Women's Club of Palm Springs. 
    Dezart Performs, Downtown Palm Springs
    314 South Cahuilla Road
    Palm Springs, CA 92262
    United States

    The play is one of four finalists.  The winner will receive a full production during the 2014-15 season.  Winner will be selected by popular vote of audience members.  If you're in the Palm Springs area, please attend and support this touching romantic comedy!
  • 11 Oct 2013 5:40 AM | Anonymous
    ICWP & Playscripts Contest

    Hilarious New Play at Bonanza Village Playhouse Sends Shockwaves Through Community When It is Revealed to be Written by a Woman

    Bonanza, OR –  Audience members that had been rolling in the aisles at Saturday night’s premiere of Aunt Gertie’s Road Trip were stunned into silence when local mother Dana O’Malley took the stage after the 6th curtain call and claimed credit for penning the play.

    “I don’t know what to think,” said Bonanza Councilwoman Mandy Heller. “I’ve read those thoughtful articles by Christopher Hitchens and Adam Carolla and they all say women aren’t funny. But during the scene where Aunt Gertie gets stranded at the top of the Washington Monument, I almost fell out of my chair.  Could Adam Carolla be wrong?”

    Other patrons felt equally perplexed. “I knew the play was written by a Dana,” said business owner, George Sherman. “I just assumed it was a boy-Dana.” Walter Johnson, long-time Bonanza resident, offered another theory, “I think it actually
    was a boy-Dana.”

    The success of the Bonanza production calls into question the veracity of countless studies and Yahoo Answers that, until now, most people accepted as fact. Long time humor experts, Peter Chen and Jim Polaski, stand by their research, however. “Over the years, we’ve shown over 1,000 subjects clips of male and female comedians,” said Chen. “Chris Rock, Meryl Streep, Jerry Seinfeld, Hillary Clinton…Each time, we hope for different results, but everybody laughs harder at the guys.”

    Playscripts, Inc. and the International Center for Women Playwrights have joined forces to figure out if what happened in Bonanza could possibly be a global trend. The Are Women Funny? One-Act Play Contest invites playwrights who:

    a) are women

    b) think they might be funny

    to submit large cast, one-act comedies ideal for performance by high school students. The winning play will be published by Playscripts and promoted throughout the world. “If there are more Dana O’Malleys out there, we want to find them.” said a Playscripts representative. “Our goal is to connect those fresh, funny, females voices with the next generation of theater makers.”

    Detailed contest information can be found on the Playscripts, Inc. blog.


    Lane Bernes, Playscripts, Inc. Marketing Director

    1-866-639-7529 ext 88

  • 24 Sep 2013 2:38 AM | Anonymous

    ICWP “applauds” theatre companies for producing women playwrights.

    Standing ovation! The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) is delighted with the increased number of recipients for this year’s 50/50 Applause Awards, which sets out to recognize theatres which produce 50% or more women playwrights in their season of shows.  In the spring, members of ICWP nominated theatres that were producing the work of women playwrights throughout the world.

    This year there are 29 recipients, nearly 6 times as many as our inaugural awards in 2012. The list includes theatres in the United States, India, Norway, Italy, and Canada. There are two repeat recipients: Playwrights Horizons in New York and Symmetry Theatre in California.  President of ICWP, Dr. Jennifer Munday, says, “We are delighted with the response from both theatres and members who see this award as a demonstration of their commitment to women’s writing.”

    Even though the indications are promising, ICWP recognizes there is a long way to go to 50/50 status. A study report from the Gender Equity Task Force in Chicago found that “Plays written by women (either one woman or a group of all women) constituted 18.8% of plays produced in Chicago….roughly in line with recent statistics from New York theaters and from Theatre Communications Group member theatres, which found that between 17% and 20% of plays produced by those groups are written by women.” (Chicago Storefront Summit, March 22, 2010) In two studies on the 2012-2013 season, Washington DC productions showed a slight uptick to 21% (DC Theater: A Demographic Analysis, 2013) and women playwrights were faring even better in Canada with 23%. (Playwrights Guild of Canada, 2013).

    The 50/50 Applause Awards are now an annual event for ICWP, with nominations being stringently checked by a strong volunteer committee.  More information about the awards can be found at:

    Contacts: Elana Gartner and Deborah Magid, co-chairs ICWP 50/50 Applause Awards Committee

    Contact email address

    Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2013 ICWP 50/50 Applause Awards:

    Alter Theater (San Rafael, California, USA)
    Black Coffee Productions (Bangalore, India)
    Children's Theatre Company (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
    Clubbed Thumb (New York, New York, USA)
    Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre (South Orange, New Jersey, USA)
    Factory Theatre (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
    Haugesund Teater (Rogaland, Haugesand, Norway)
    HERE (New York, New York, USA)
    Hollins University (Roanoke, Virginia, USA)

    Indian Ensemble Theatre (Bangalore, India)
    Looking for Lilith Theatre Company (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)
    Mixed Blood Theatre (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
    New York Theatre Workshop (New York, New York, USA)
    Orlando Repertory Theatre (Orlando, Florida, USA)
    Playwrights Horizons (New York, New York, USA)
    Prairie Theatre Exchange (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
    Prologue Theatre Company (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
    Ragged Wing Ensemble (El Cerrito, California, USA)
    Road Less Traveled Productions (Buffalo, New York, USA)
    Shameless Hussy Productions (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
    Stage Left Theatre (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
    Stageworks Theatre (Tampa, Florida, USA)
    Symmetry Theatre (Berkeley, California, USA)
    Synchronicity Theatre (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
    Teatro Luna (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
    Tennessee Women's Theatre Project (Nashville, Tennessee, USA)
    The Cherry Lane Theatre (New York, New York, USA)
    The English Theatre of Rome (Rome, Italy)
    Theatre Pro Rata (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)

  • 10 Sep 2013 7:34 AM | Anonymous
    Members of ICWP were shocked and saddened to learn of the recent death of Member Natalya Churlyaeva, aged 58, from her husband Sergey Yakhimovich.

    This extract from Sergey's message to us lists a few of her achievements and expresses an admiration shared by ICWP members.

    From Sergey

    "She was very outstanding and courageous woman.  She was not afraid of death and struggled for life until the end.  Besides her many other advantages and talents, she was known both in the theatre world and among academics.  In April Jan Ogden, the director, staged in New York her 10-min play "THE MYSTERIOUS SUITCASE" at John Chatterton's Short Play Lab, and one extract from her full-length play was published in «Scenes from a Diverse World. Also, last year she published 5 scientific papers in international academic journals and many more in the Russian ones.  She is still a member of 3 Canadian, 1 US, and 1 New Zealand pedagogical journal editorial boards."

    Many ICWP members have emailed us to mention her qualities of courage, forthrightness and formidable intellect.

    A special Memorial Page will be created with more information and examples of her work.
  • 30 Apr 2013 2:48 PM | Anonymous
    Girls in Pakistan are taking up acting and putting on theatre shows in their communities to change the practice of child marriage.
    Read more here ....
  • 05 Feb 2013 3:26 PM | Anonymous

    News Coverage of the ICWP Applause Awards for Theatres that meet the 50/50 gender equality for women playwrights. 

    Board member Elana Gartner answers questions about the award. These links will take you to the named websites to read the articles and interviews.

     the Twitter post is up at: .

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