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Causes: Arts & Culture, Theater

Mission: Women’s Project Shines! Women’s Project delivers compelling theater, innovative programs and electric events as the nation’s oldest and largest company dedicated to producing and promoting theater created by women. Women’s Project Theater, under the direction of Lisa McNulty, Producing Artistic Director, is the nation’s oldest and largest company dedicated to producing theater written and directed by women, who receive only 20% of the professional opportunities nationwide. Now in its 34th year, it has produced over 600 main stage productions and developmental projects, and published 11 anthologies of plays by women. Recent off-Broadway productions include Catherine Trieschmann’s Crooked, Liz Duffy Adams’ Or, Rachel Axler’s Smudge, Sheila Callaghan’s Lascivious Something, and Lynn Rosen’s Apple Cove. In addition, Women’s Project Theater develops new work in its Lab, a free two-year residency program for early to mid career playwrights, directors and producers. And each year, it hosts the Women of Achievement Awards, which pays homage to luminaries such as Laurie Anderson, Eve Ensler, Whoopi Goldberg, Estelle Parsons, Vanessa Redgrave, and Chita Rivera, to name but a few. WomensProject.org

Geographic areas served: Global

Programs: Womens project theater (wp) was founded in 1978 by julia miles to address the significant under-representation of women in theatre and has since built a tremendous legacy. Throughout its 37-year history, wp has produced over 600 off-broadway and workshop productions, and published eleven anthologies of plays. Although even today women playwrights and directors severely lack parity in pay and opportunity with only 20% of professional opportunities being offered to women nationwide, the extraordinary women artists who have broken through the glass ceiling to grace broadway stages, win pulitzer prizes and innumerable other awards, have all first crossed the threshold at wp, including eve ensler, lynn nottage, maria irene fornes, pam mackinnon, suzan-lori parks, sarah ruhl, leigh silverman, paula vogel, and anna deveare smith, to name just a few. Wp accomplishes its mission to produce and promote plays written and directed by women through two fundamental programs. The first is wps main stage production series, which annually features three to four off-broadway productions written and directed by extraordinary women theatre artists. The second program is wps well-established lab, a two-year residency program for women playwrights, directors, and producers. Selected through a highly-competitive process, the lab provides members with a vital professional network, entrepreneurial and leadership training, free rehearsal space, and most significantly, opportunities for the development and production of bold new work for the stage. During 2013-2014, womens project theater celebrated its 36th season with a lively mix of mystery, tart satire, and dark humor. Offering audiences work that proved to be greatly introspective, this season included the production of three plays that grappled with the concept of cultural currency, and the allocation of value to art and history in america today. All three shows were produced by womens project theater at off-broadways prestigious new york city center stage ii (131 west 55th street, nyc), seating 150 persons. The season included:row after row by jessica dickey, directed by wp lab alum daniella topol, and starred rosie benton, erik lochtefeld, and pj sosko: trish deitch of the new yorker called row after row funny, sad, deep, and smart and noted that row after row is beautifully written and, masterfully acted. Row after row- featuring a cast of 3 actors- played to 3,027 audience members over 34 performances from january 15-february 16, 2014. The architecture of becoming by kara lee corthron, sarah gancher, virginia grise, dipika guha, lauren yee, directed by elena araoz, lydia fort, lauren keating, and starring claudia acosta, vanessa kai, christopher livingston, jon norman schneider, and danielle skraastad: lynnette nicholas of stage buddy called the architecture of becoming a dynamic work. Intriguing, mysterious, and insightful. The world premiere of the architecture of becoming played to 2,195 audience members over 24 performances from february 28-march 23, 2014. The most deserving by catherine trieschmann, directed by wp lab alum shelley butler, and starring veanne cox, kristin griffith, adam lefevre, jennifer lim, daniel pearce, and ray anthony thomas: charles isherwoood of the new york times called the most deserving a frisky new comedy! Pricelessly funny. Theatre reviews limited raved the most deserving is delicious & raucous! A brilliant script, inventive direction and impeccable performances! A hit! The most deserving- featuring a cast of six actors- played to 3,835 audience members over 36 performances from march 30-may 4, 2014. Veanne coxs performance as jolene garnered her a drama desk award for her ability to express the eccentricities, strengths, and vulnerabilities of a range of characters, and notably for her comedic flair. Wp has earned the reputation of producing exemplary work with depth and substance, including these recent hits: catherine trieschmanns the most deserving starring veanne cox, laura marks bethany starring america ferrera, nobel laureate elfriede jelineks jackie starring tina benko, and kristen greenidges milk like sugar starring tonya pinkins. The heart of womens project theater lies in the lab, a two-year residency program for women playwrights, directors and producers selected through a highly competitive, national application process. This season marked year two of wps 2012-2014 lab. Providing both professional development and leadership training, lab participants obtain executive coaching, make professional contacts, and receive training that proves invaluable to their development. With producers in the non-profit and commercial sectors responsible for selecting, guiding, and financing product for production, it is pivotal for writers and directors to forge strong relationships with them at an early point in their careers. Wps lab is the only program providing that essential networking opportunity. By demonstrating the depth, range, and substance of women artists, and by fully preparing women artists to become leaders, the work being done at wp continues to shape our cultural landscape for generations to come. The benefits of the wp lab extend well beyond the two-year residency. Having forged strong working relationships in the lab, both with fellow lab artists and outside professional contacts, lab artists continue to work together and with other brilliant voices in the artistic collective long after their official residency ends. Wps top priority is to achieve a standard of excellence for these artists, advocating for women by producing stellar work featuring extraordinary talent, written by women for everyone. As long as were celebrating the female factor in theater, lets tip our hats to the enduringly vital womens project theater, declared the new york times. Visit us at www. Wptheater. Org.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lacivious Something, Women's Project's most recent production, is a shining example of their dedication to producing new, exciting dramatic works. Politically charged and poetic, the play and its performers tackled difficult situations in fresh ways. Their productions are, without fail, insightful, clever, and dynamic. Their work is, without exception, full of surprises and exciting discovery. The Women's Project's commitment to developing and producing new work by women playwrights, directors and producers is one of the most important things going on in theater today.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Women's Project has always produced thought-provoking, worthy pieces by amazing women playwrights, up-and-coming as well as past/established. With female playwrights, directors, and producers still quite under-represented in the theatre community, it is very crucial that an organization like Women's Project thrives for years to come and continues to shine light on the brilliant pieces produced by female artists.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lascivious Something was thought-provoking, intriguing, and completely original. The performances were complex and multi-faceted. The script was rich with poeticism, wit, and humor and the plot was beautifully tangled and complex. I am so impressed with the outstanding work that has been and continues to be produced by the Women’s Project. Unafraid to push the envelope, the Women’s Project never fails to deliver an extraordinary experience! If you want a riveting night filled with emotion, sensuality, and a beautifully woven story with incredible heart-wrenching performances, the Women’s Project is the place to go to!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been very impressed with the numerous productions I have seen at their theatre. The shows are always well produced, include great talent and include edgy, sometimes controversial topics and themes that really challenge the audience. I have also attended a few of their fundraising functions, which are always very well planned and executed - and they're always a lot of fun. Well done Women's Project.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I find all their productions intensely thought provoking, and refreshingly varied in their themes. I admire the mission of the Women's Project. The project is well run and I have happily become a VIP member to ensure my ongoing involvement.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been to all the main stage productions for the last couple of years - most recently Smudge; and I'm seeing Lacivious Something tomorrow night. WP's plays have covered a huge range of subjects and topics, but they are consistently thoughtful, intelligent and entertaining, and often very funny. As an organization, I've found WP to be well-run and it has a great membership progam.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended the three most recent productions, and all of them were amazing evenings of theater! I recommend Women's Project regularly to local friends for the amazing stories that they share.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lascivious Something was thoroughly entertaining. The actors displayed great passion in presenting such as an intricate story. The staff were also very friendly and helpful. Great work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I haven't been disappointed once by the Women's Project. I'm always extremely impressed by the talent they hire and the scripts they produce. The Women's Project allow vibrant, realistic characters and multifaceted worlds to come into existence on the stage. I have been entertained and enlightened at their hands.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Interning with Women's Project has been a great entry into professional theater experience. I have received more and more interesting and important projects that benefit the organization, allowing me to really make a difference in what's happening around the WP office. I've also gotten to see a WP show since I started my internship; Lascivious Something. It was an interesting and powerful production, with many strengths. I learned a lot from seeing both the backstage and onstage aspects of professional theater production.