Mission: The mission of Tennessee Women''s Theater Project is
To present theatrical productions of the highest quality to Middle Tennessee audiences
To produce plays that express the human condition in the female voices
To provide acting, directing, design and management opportunities for women in professional theater
To bring live theater to new, underserved audiences
Programs: Each year, we present two professional stage plays plus our annual Women's Work showcase and celebration of works created by women. We choose plays that meet our mission criteria: to present productions of the highest quality; to express the human condition in the female voice; to provide professional opportunities to female actors, designers and stage managers; and to introduce live theater to new and underserved audiences. Women's Work goes further yet. We provide a venue for women artists of a broad cultural and ethnic diversity to present their work, spanning many genres: theater, dance, film, poetry, music and visual arts, and a unique mix of artistic expression to audiences. We keep ticket prices low, and offer discounts, including "pay what you make an hour" nights. We partner with half a dozen agencies serving at-risk women to offer free admission to their clients. Our partnership with Nashville Metro Parks provides teachers for their free drama classes, in return for use of our performance venue.
I have been a board member of TWTP since its inception and have seen every production at least once. I am also an actor locally, both in community theater and professional productions. Maryanna Clarke's commitment to quality offerings and reaching underserved audiences is second to none. On a shoestring (and with the help of an equally deeply committed husband) she has managed to present thoughtful, well-written and entertaining new plays to the Nashville community that have the look of quality, not shoestring! She is able to elicit fine performances from the actors and develops quite a loyalty among those who have worked with her. I always leave one of TWTP's productions happy that I spent time there.