Any actress who’s ever been to an open call can tell you that there are plenty of young ladies out there in the theatre world. But where are all the women* playwrights? Directors? Designers? Women* make up most of the theatergoing audience, and a little over half of the world’s population. So why are only 24% of plays produced in America written by women*? How is it that, in the 2013-2014 Broadway season, not a single play was written by a woman*? Isn’t it time to do something about it?
Works by Women is changing the game. We’re a non-profit organization with the sole mission of supporting diverse theatrical work written, directed, and/or designed by women*. This month, we’re standing up for equality in style: Works by Women is hosting the industry’s first ever Parity Party, where you, too, can party for gender parity.
Come for exclusive performances from Lizzy Bryce, Jody Christopherson, F.A.B. Women, Flux Theatre Ensemble, Honest Accomplice Theatre, Autumn Kioti, Sylvia Milo, National Black Theatre, New Perspectives Theatre Company, and Laura Pedersen. Come for our silent auction, featuring everything from show tickets to luxury hotel stays to aerial lessons—start bidding now. Come to schmooze with cutting edge artists, to enjoy refreshments from local New York businesses, and to stick it to systematic inequality. All proceeds go directly towards advocacy for women* in theatre. We’re raising awareness and funding!
Join us at TheaterLab in Midtown Manhattan on October 18th, 7:00 PM for an evening of performances, networking, light food, beverages, and a silent auction to raise awareness and funding toward our goal of reaching gender equality in the theatre by the year 2020. Find your ticket online at Brown Paper Tickets. We also offer an artist ticket, if you’d like to donate your ticket to an artist performing at the benefit. We can’t do it without you!
*We use an inclusive definition of “women" and we welcome all who identify with the term.