Mission

“WP THEATER ENSURES THE FUTURE IS FEMALE” Playbill

“AN IMPORTANT, RISK-TAKING ORGANIZATION.” New York Magazine

“WP THEATER IS ENDURINGLY VITAL.” The New York Times

WP THEATER (Lisa McNulty, Producing Artistic Director; Michael Sag, Managing Director) now in its 40th Season, is the nation’s oldest and largest theater company dedicated to developing, producing and promoting the work of women at every stage in their careers. For over four decades we have served as leaders at the forefront of a global movement towards gender parity, and the example we set and the artists we have fostered have grown into a robust and thriving community of artists in theater and beyond. 

WP empowers female-identified and gender nonconforming artists of all kinds to reach their full potential and, in doing so, challenges preconceptions about the kinds of plays women write and the stories they tell.

As the premier launching pad for some of the most influential female theater artists today, our work has had a significant impact on the field at large. Nearly every prolific female theater artist has been through our doors, including Eve Ensler, María Irene Fornés, Katori Hall, Pam MacKinnon, Lynn Nottage, Leigh Silverman and Anna Deavere Smith. These powerful women found an early artistic home at WP and are a testament to our role as a driving cultural force.

WP was founded in 1978 by visionary producer, Julia Miles, to address the significant under-representation of women in theater. Today, WP accomplishes its mission through several fundamental programs, including: the WP Lab, a two-year mentorship and new play development program for women playwrights, directors, and producers; the Domestic Partner residency program; the Developmental series; and the Mainstage series, which features a full season of Off-Broadway productions written and directed by extraordinary theater artists.

Join us and help WP change the game for Women Theater Artists. Your support matters.