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WWSF On Vacation until mid-January

As you may have noticed, WWSF postings have slowed down with the approach of the holidaze.  In recognition of the fact that all women theater artists deserve a break, WWSF will officially be on vacation until mid-January!  Check back with us then as we resume our bi-weekly posting schedule.  Also, a shout-out to the fabulous members of the “Yeah. I Said Feminist” Theatre Salon Facebook Group, whose posts provided most of the content featured below.

Ring in the New Year at Brava Theater Center

For 26 years, Brava Theater Center (originally known as Brava! For Women in the Arts) has been supporting women theater artists, by producing, presenting and cultivating original theatrical work, particularly by women of color and lesbian artists.  Now they need your support!  Help them out by attending their New Year’s Eve Comedy Fiesta, featuring Marga Gomez and her funny lady friends.  Performs Monday 12/31.  Doors and bar open at 8pm, Show at 9pm, immediately followed by countdown party, DJ and dancing into 2013.  Free champagne and munchies at midnight!  Tickets: $30 reserved seating and $50 VIP seating with complimentary cocktail and more.  Brava Theater Center is located at 2781-24th Street near York.  Click here to purchase tickets or phone 415-641-7647.

Ask TBA to Prioritize Gender Parity

Join many other Bay Area theater women in asking our local service organization Theatre Bay Area to make gender parity a focus for the 2013 TBA Annual Conference.  According to a publicly available 2008 report that analyzed TBA’s membership demographics, the majority of TBA members are women in every category (actors, directors, designers, administrators, funders, etc.)  Bizarrely, this fact has never been directly acknowledged or addressed within our community.  Visit Valerie Weak’s blog for detailed instructions about how you can write emails and letters asking TBA to make gender parity the primary focus of an annual conference, rather than the subject of a single break-out session.

Live Girls! Theater Seeks Play Submissions by Women Playwrights

Live Girls! Theater, founded by Meghan Arnette in 1999, is an outspoken and sassy Seattle company that develops and produces new theatrical work by women.  They are currently seeking 10-minute plays for Quickies (their 14th annual festival of shorts), as well as full-length and longer one-act plays for their Spring Reading series.  See complete submission guidelines hereSubmission deadline is January 7, 2013 by email only.

Guerilla Girls Publishes the 2012/2013 Girlcott List

Guerrilla Girls On Tour is an anonymous theater collective whose mission is to create new plays that dramatize women’s history and address the current state of women in the performing arts and beyond.  They just published their Girlcott List which lists 59 major American theaters that are not producing a single play written by a woman in the 2012/2013 season.  Does the Bay Area need its own Girlcott List?!

WWSF Needs You!

Have an idea for a Bay Area woman theater artist or theater company you think WWSF should spotlight?  Want to share your perspective on the questions, concerns, and issues currently affecting women in theater?  Involved in an upcoming production featuring the work of women theater artists that everyone should know about? Email with any suggestions of content you would like to see on the site.  We are especially looking for production photos featuring women that we can add to our Flickr feed and use for our Photo of the Week series.

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