“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
The award-winning Women’s Project Theater is the nation’s oldest and largest company dedicated to producing and promoting plays written and directed by women, who receive only 20% of the professional opportunities nationwide.
Now in its 36th year, Women’s Project Theater has produced over 600 main stage productions and developmental projects, and published 11 anthologies of plays by women.
Women’s Project Theater was founded in 1978 by Julia Miles to address the significant under-representation of women theater artists and has since built a tremendous legacy. Although even today women lack parity in pay and opportunity, the artists who have broken through the glass ceiling have first crossed the threshold at Women’s Project Theater, including Eve Ensler, Lynn Nottage, Maria Irene Fornes, Katori Hall, Pam MacKinnon, Leigh Silverman and Anna Deavere Smith, among the many.
Women’s Project Theater accomplishes its mission through two fundamental programs: the WP Lab, a two-year mentorship and new play development program for women playwrights, directors, and producers, and the Main Stage series, which annually features three off-Broadway productions written and directed by extraordinary women theater artists.
And each year, Women’s Project Theater hosts the Women of Achievement Awards Gala , which pays homage to luminaries such as Chita Rivera, Eve Ensler, Whoopi Goldberg, Estelle Parsons, Gloria Steinem, Vanessa Redgrave, and Laurie Anderson to name but a few.