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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!

7

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen several shows at the Women's Project, and they have been fabulous. I love that I can go see a great show on Friday night for jusr $20. The staff are always incredibly friendly and helpful, which of course adds to the experience. The latest show, "Lascivious Somthing," is one of the best yet. I can't wait to see what comes next!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Women's Project is an amazing theatre. Its mission is to produce and promote theater created by women. In my experience, it is one of the only places devoted to mentoring and developing emerging women theatre artists. It does this with passion, artistry, intelligence and not enough resources. I am lucky to be a Producer in the WP Lab program. This has given me the opportunity to network with other Lab members including producers, directors and playwrights. Last season funds were available to produce a site-specific production. There are monthly forums and I have two potential projects in development through the connections I have made here.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have recently discovered Women's Project and what a discovery it has been. Both Or, and Smudge, two very different plays, were well written, directed and acted. I can't wait for the rest of the season and for seasons to come. I'm hooked!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a New York theatre goer and supporter, as well as working in the Arts professionally, I find the quality of the Women's Project to exceed expectations. I have been following their repertoire for the last 15 years. Their mission statement encompasses what all theatre should strive for- to develop and refine the works of new writers and producers. WP gives women an opportunity to become a more prominent voice in the industry, that historically has been a challenge for female artists. I look forward to what the future holds for the Women's Project.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women's Project, by far, offers the most innovative and stimulating theatre in New York. The works are thoughtful, provocative and extremely well produced. Their latest play, Smudge, was chilling to the bone. I just loved it!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Women's Project has filled a void for over 25 years by providing a home and extraordinary opportunities for new and talented women playwrights. It has consistently offered crearive opportunities on and off stage for professionals and students alike. It has brought a unique quality of theatre to New Yorkers and visitors who yearn for origial, fulfilling theatrical experiences in the theatre - at prices they can afford

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My interests are in training women to be playwrights, directors and producers. This is what the Women's Project is dedicated to and does with such style, grace and tenacity. I am dedicated to this marvelous organization. Just look at the brilliant productions being produced under the careful supervision of Julie Crosby. I have the good fortune to be vice Chair of the Board for the last year and very proud to be associated with it.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The work done at the Women's Project is exraordinary! Such talent and dedication. The shows are intriguing and always beautifully acted and directed. Wish more people would find this jewel of a theatre and then enjoy the superb productions and the ongoing attention to supporting women playwrights and directors. NYC is blessed to have the WP housed here and Julie Crosby at the helm as Artistic Director. Lucy Martin Gianino

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been on the Board for over 6 years, the last two years as Chair of the Board. Instrumental in choosing Julie Crosby for the Producing Artistic Director position. Since Julie has been in charge, the plays we produced have received consistently good, sometimes great reviews. Our last two plays "Or," and "Smudge" both got outstanding reviews from The New York Times. "Smudge" was also a Time Out pick. Media sources have said that Women's Project is "on a roll".

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The quality of the stage presentations has taken a major leap under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Julie Crosby. The shows tackle the major issues of our day and Women's Project has show that it can provoke and entertain. And, while many theater companies around the country, Women's Project has increased its number of mainstage productions by 50%. Add to that that voices coming out of Women's Project's producers, playwrights and directors labs, Women's Project just may be the nurturing some of the most exciting women theatre artists on the horizon.