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Tennessee Women's Theater Project

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Theater

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.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Since the very first production, Tennessee Women's Theater Project (TWTP) has exceeded all expectations. From the choice of plays, the casting, direction and all production values - the company continues to produce gem after gem. What also continues to stand out is that the talented, committed people TWTP brings to the table - actors, technicians, designers and volunteers, all understand and are proud to embrace and advance the TWTP mission "giving voice to women through theater arts." Also worth mentioning is the annual rite of spring entitled "Women's Work." For three weeks, TWTP offers a stage and an audience to artists of every genre - drama, music, dance, poetry, visual arts... Every performance is different, and the $40 Women's Work Festival Pass would be a bargain at twice the price. Finally, I think the founder of TWTP, Maryanna Clarke deserves special recognition for her social consciousness and for her commitment to making live theater an experience everyone can enjoy. TWTP is exceedingly generous with the community, providing inumerable complimentary tickets to underserved segments of community.

7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I do not give five stars lightly. TWTP's work is among the best in Nashville. I never miss a show because I know that I will be challenged, delighted, entertained and always intrigued. With limited resources, they take on issues that are germane to life in today's world. Courageous is the word that comes to mind. I look forward to the day that their theater is filled with an appreciative audience. They tackle relationships, disparity in income for the people who do much of the work in our society, the problems of growing up in America...the list goes on. I would like every CEO in Nashville to attend this theater. I would like every man in Nashville to attend this theater. They are doing more for the awareness of Women as second class citizens than all the sociology Phd's you can gather on a Saturday night. Thank you to Maryanna and Chris Clarke for living their dream and inviting us to join them in it. Robert Kiefer

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of being part of their productions and the thrill of being part of the audience and I can honestly say the shows they put up are some of the best I've ever seen and been a part of. This company's heart and soul is a living entity that is part of the experience in the theater during the performances. Maryanna's mission to present the highest quality of work that features "real" women is always presented successfully. She is great at selecting pieces with this in mind and an incredibly gifted director - not to mention, supportive, clear and so much fun to work with.

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I had heard a lot about Tennessee Women's Theatre Project and really admired their message, and was ecstatic when I was finally given the chance to work with them. This company is Maryanna's baby, and she has put so much of her time and love into making it as great as it can be. They are the only company in Nashville focused on giving women more opportunities to perform and play real, strong female characters. They are also one of the few companies in Nashville that is willing to produce premiere productions. It has been incredibly informative and empowering to work with this company.

10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked on a play with Maryanna and Chris and was amazed at the amount of heart and soul the two of them put into this theater company. They both are totally committed to excellence and are willing to work as much and as hard as it takes. I hope they will attract more volunteers over the years to help their fabulous cause. It's a lot of pressure for just the two of them. I was a bit overwhelmed at times with the amount of work involved and Maryanna was cool and calm and focused and the show went on without a hitch. They produce professional interesting shows and many times offer premieres to the Nashville community- which not many theater companies in town are willing to risk. I had a very positive learning experience from being involved with this company and hope to work with them again in the future.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have seen many of their shows and acted in two plays and a Women's Work performance. They not only have artistic integrity, they treat all artists and their audiences with respect. TWTP is dedicated to their vision for theatre and women in the arts.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

TWTP is serving this community in ways that no other theatre company in middle Tennessee is. Their focus on women playwrights and strong women characters is what makes this theatre so special and so needed. Maryanna Clarke, who is at the helm of the company, along with her dedicated husband, Chris Clarke, have given their sweat, blood and tears to keep this company and their mission forging ahead. Part of their deep dedication is evidenced in a competitive wage for their actors along with offering affordable ticket prices and giving back to the community by offering discounted or free tickets to underprivileged women who wouldn't normally go to the theatre. What they have done in the past 5 years is nothing short of amazing.

7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with the TWTP since it's first production in 2005. Having worked both onstage and backstage I can honestly say that my experience with them each and every time had been fantastic. Maryanna Clarke has an incredible eye for material that is new and exciting to produce and she brings together some of the strongest ensembles I have had the pleasure of working with. I have been a professional in the field for more than 20 years and worked with many different organizations and, in my experience, the TWTP continually brings some of the highest quality, professionally produced shows to Middle TN.

7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Tennessee Women's Theatre Project, under the artistic direction of Maryanna Clarke, is as fine a theatre company as the US has produced in many a decade. Featuring the voices of women, TWTP produces excellent, thought-provoking, authentic theatre that feeds the soul and sparks the imagination.