Week of 3/17: Noteworthy News

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SWAN Day Approaches

The 7th annual SWAN Day/Support Women Artists Now Day, officially celebrated on March 29th, promises to be the biggest year yet for this international holiday “designed to showcase the power and diversity of women’s creativity.”  You can search the interactive SWAN Day Calendar for events happening locally and globally during the months of March and April featuring artistic work in a host of disciplines (theater, dance, music, film, visual art, photography, visual art, etc.)  Over 1,000 SWAN Day events have occurred during the first 6 years of the holiday, which was the brainchild of WomenArts founder Martha Richards and WITASWAN (Women in the Audience Supporting Woman Artists Now) founder Jan Lisa Huttner.  You can find features about many of this year’s events on the WomenArts blog.  Events in the Bay Area include: the world premiere of Crystal Springs by Kathy Rucker (at Eureka Theater Fri 3/21 and Sat 3/22 @ 8pm and Sun 3/23 @ 2pm) and SORYA! 2014 a highlight of Theater of Yugen’s 35th season featuring founder Yuriko Doi (at Noh Space Sat 3/22 and Sun 3/23 at 2pm and Mon 3/24 @ 7pm).

Ford’s Theatre Commissions Female Playwrights

The logo for D.C.-based Ford’s Theatre kind of says it all in terms of the theater’s mission and historical legacy.  Yet, Ford’s is one of the many theaters participating in the 2015 Women’s Voices Festival.  As part of this effort, Ford’s is commissioning three new works by playwrights Jessica Dicky, Elaine Romero, and Karen Zacarais.

Ford's TheatreFT Artistic Director Paul Tetreault acknowledges: “For too long, plays by women have been underrepresented on the American theatre stage…Ford’s is making a commitment to showcasing women’s voices and to developing new plays that explore the American experience and Lincoln’s legacy. In addition to participating in the fall 2015 Women’s Voices Theatre Festival in Washington, we have commissioned three amazing playwrights to develop work for us.”

Thanks to Marisela Treviño Orta for sourcing this news item.

Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship

A Room of Her Own (AROHO), a non-profit dedicated to supporting women writers, hosts many fabulous programs including the Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship.  The $10,000 fellowship is given to a woman playwright to fund and facilitate the completion of a new dramatic work.  The award includes AROHO Retreat attendance as the Shakespeare’s Sister Fellow, a Hedgebrook Residency, and a project residency at the Lark Play Development Center.  You can apply for free here.  Applications are due July 1st.

Thanks to Susan Shay for sourcing this news item.

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