“And as long as we’re celebrating the female factor in theater, let’s tip our hats to the enduringly vital Women’s Project Theater.” – The New York Times
Women’s Project Theater is the nation’s oldest and largest theater company dedicated to developing, producing and promoting the work of female theater artists at every stage in their careers. WP supports women theater artists and the world-class, groundbreaking work they create, and provides a platform where women’s voices can be heard and celebrated on the American stage. At a time when gender parity is still a distant goal, the unique mission of WP is more essential than ever.
In service of that important mission, over the past 37 years WP has produced over 600 main stage productions and developmental projects, and published 11 anthologies of plays by women. WP has been the launching pad for many of our nation’s most important female theater artists. Eve Ensler, María Irene Fornés, Katori Hall, Pam MacKinnon, Lynn Nottage, Leigh Silverman and Anna Deveare Smith, among many, many others, all found early artistic homes here. No other producing institution in the country can claim this kind of ongoing history of advocacy and support for women in the theater, and we look ahead to the next generation of female artists who will also begin their careers here.
WP Theater accomplishes its mission through several fundamental programs: the WP Lab, a two-year mentorship and new play development program for women playwrights, directors, and producers, the Playwright In Residence commissioning program, our Developmental series, and the Main Stage series, which features a full season of Off-Broadway productions written and directed by extraordinary women theater artists.