Feminist news from the San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond…
SF Bay Area Critics Circle Nominations
The 2016 San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle Nominations are now public. The 41st annual award ceremony will take place on March 27th at the Victoria Theatre. While there are many notable female artists on the nominees lists, WWSF would like to give a special shout out to 3 Girls Theatre for winning the 2016 Annette Lust Emerging Talent Award! Also, 4 out of 5 nominees for original script are female!
Breaking the Binary Project
Regina V. Fields interviews SK Kerastas and Lisa Evans for HowlRound about their “Breaking the Binary” project. This free public symposium about accessibility for trans* people working in the arts has been conducted twice – in May 2016 in the SF/Bay Area co-presented by CalShakes and Berkely Repertory Theatre (watch May 2016 livestream) and in January 2017 at ART in Boston (watch January 2017 event livestream). Lisa Evans articulates some of the key questions explored by this project in this way: “What type of access does it take for transgender, gender non-conforming, non binary, genderqueer, and two spirit folks to be able to fill up every role within an institution and be valued, and for institutions to understand the barriers of why there isn’t that representation right now.”
Interview with Madeleine George
Check out this interview conducted by The Interval with playwright Madeleine George, whose play The (curious case of) the Watson Intelligence was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize and will be produced in Shotgun Players’ 2017 season. She digs into her writing process, her experience writing female characters and how that affected her ability to get productions, and thoughts about her experience as a founding member of 13P and the new play development process.
Getting Played Symposium on Feb 23rd
The Third Annual Symposium on Equity in the Entertainment Industry and Awards will be held on February 23rd from 12-3pm at Stanford University. Tamila Gresham (founder and CEP of Represent) will give the keynote. Awards will be given to local feminist theater luminaries Velina Brown, Lily Tung Crystal, and Torange Yeghiazarian. Registration is free.
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