Theatre performance group, Girl Be Heard, is opening their new show Invisible: LIberty and Justice for Who? on May 2nd at the DR2 Theatre in New York City. Written and performed by the Girl Be Heard members, the original show is based on their experiences living in the US and presents positive solutions to our country’s racism, sexism, and xenophobia. Founded in 2008, Girl Be Heard, is an award-winning 21 member performance group focused on both artistic and social development. The group takes issues that young women face today and puts them in the spotlight on stage to create awareness within communities about girls’ experiences and concerns. Previous show subjects have included human trafficking, body image and eating disorders, and rape culture. Learn more about Girl Be Heard here and read an interview with artistic director Kim Sykes here.
Lyn Gardner, a prominent United Kingdom theater critic, has written a potent opinion piece about recent examples of persistent gender and racial bias among theater leaders in the UK. WWSF vehemently agrees with Lyn’s assertion that “if you programme work by women and artists of colour the audience will change. Build it and they will come.” Gardner is an associate editor of The Stage and was also a long-time staff critic for The Guardian, until they discontinued her contract this week.
The latest study in the “Women Count: Women Hired Off-Broadway” series, authored by Martha Wade Steketee and Judith Binus, had just been published by the League of Professional Theatre Women The report analyzed 699 shows produced Off-Broadway from 2010 – 2017, concluding that women were underrepresented in almost all areas of theatre production, except for costuming and stage management. There were two previous studies conducted in August 2014 and October 2015. Read the complete 2018 study here.
Brooklyn based InProximity Theatre Company will present the 2nd annual Project W Theatre Festival June 4-9, 2018 in NYC. Project W Theatre Festival is a celebration of women in theatre from both the creative and business aspects. This multi-day play reading festival features new plays, written, directed and managed exclusively by professional women in theatre.