R190. We Are Theatre: SPEAK-OUT for Gender Parity for Women Playwrights

Room 504, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


In 2012, Guerrilla Girls On Tour (GGOT) and the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative (LAFPI) organized a SPEAK-OUT in NYC, "WE ARE THEATRE"—an evening of plays about sexism in theatre. From 50/50 in 2020 to Little Black Dress, Inc., to the Kilroys, organizations working towards gender parity in theatre are all across the US. Yet the stats remain the same: Less than 20% of all plays produced in the US have been written by women. Representatives from LAFPI, San Diego Playwrights, and GGOT share strategies and discuss what else we might do to make gender parity in theatre a reality.



Aphra Behn is the artistic director of the New York City-based Guerrilla Girls On Tour, an internationally acclaimed anonymous theatre collective fighting discrimination in the arts and proving feminists are funny since 1997.

Thelma Virata de Castro’s monologue Do You Have Children? was part of Guerilla Girls On Tour’s We Are Theatre. She is the founder of San Diego Playwrights, a Dramatists Guild National Conference panelist, A Room of Her Own Foundation (AROHO) retreat participating writer, and a Hedgebrook alumna.

Jennie Webb is an LA-based playwright in residence at Rogue Machine and Theatricum Botanicum with works produced nationwide. She is an artist at The Playwrights Center, Great Plains Theatre Conference, and Virginia Avenue Project; a member of Playwrights Union, EST/LA Playwrights, and PlayGround-LA; and cofounder of LA FPI.

Laura Annawyn Shamas writes in multiple genres: playwriting, nonfiction, fiction, and screenwriting. An educator and a consultant, her writing centers on sociopolitical, cultural, and environmental issues. She's also an arts and creativity blogger. She is cofounder of the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative.

Laurel Wetzork


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