Educational Programs/Classes/Workshops

Yoga: Meaning and Purpose in the Vedic Hindu Philosophy 
Aditya Sharma on July 9 from 2-4 pm  
Visual Arts Exchange, 309 W Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601
How yoga and spirituality can affect/extend and positively impact our creativity.



Male Privilege 101: Theatre and the Advantages of Being Born a Man 
Nick Popio on July 11 from 6-8 pm  
Visual Arts Exchange, 309 W Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Join a panel of men discussing the advantages they’ve had by being born male, and what men can do to make a difference in their community. It’s as simple as the fact of more women attending at a casting call than men, and as complicated as the fact that only about 13% of the plays being produced are written by women.



Puppets, Masks and Found Objects
Mac and Judy McCord on July 12 from 4-7 pm,  
Burning Coal Theatre Company, 224 Polk St, Raleigh, NC 27604
Beginning with a brief overview and history of the use of masks and puppets in a stage production, we will discuss why and in what sort of play they are most effective. We will go over some tricks of the trade, how to find materials that are light and easily obtainable. In the second session, the group will break up into smaller groups, choose a play and prepare a case for the use of puppets, masks   and/or found objects to present the play. Some materials will be available to assist in the design of puppets or masks if desired.  Participan s will then present their case to the whole class.



Find Your Funny: Intro to Theatrical Clowning 
Lori Mahl on July 13 from 6-9 pm 
Burning Coal Theatre Company, 224 Polk St, Raleigh, NC 27604
This class will introduce participants to theatrical clown work through exercises, improvisation and classic clown scenarios as we dive into the art of clowning. Students will have the opportunity to develop their own clown characters from the inside out. The result is more physical presence and greater emotional truth as you  discover who you are as a clown. 



Cupcakes Talkback
Johannah Edwards beginning July 13th after performances
Sonorous Road Theatre, 3801-113 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607
The cast-creators of Licked Cupcake engage in the vital activity of involving the audience in determining what works and what is unclear in this devised work.


How Do Managing Directors Manage?

Melissa Zeph on July 22 from 3:30-5:30 pm

IMURJ 300 S McDowell St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Meet with Melissa Zeph, the Managing Director of Justice Theatre Project, learn how she does what she does, and ask her any questions you may have. For example: How do you start paying your people? How do you achieve diversity? When do you need Workman’s comp insurance? When do you need to pay for an audit? What’s the first grant you should apply for? And above all, what are some mistakes to avoid?


The Business of the Biz: Using your Creativity to Propel an Acting Career
Lori Mahl on July 26, from 5:30-7:30 pm

NCSU, D. H. Hill Library Auditorium
This unique, one-of-a-kind workshop explores a new way to approach an acting career. Ms.Mahl banishes that “starving artist” thing, and happily shares how she how she managed to make a good, full-time living as an actress in NYC for two decades, spanning Broadway, national tours, regional theatre, commercials, and voiceovers. Her goal is to help workshop participants think about and pursue their own career in the arts in a new and fulfilling way. The workshop is a combination of lectures and small group exercises, plus time for Q&A.



Improv and Stand Up Comedy Night
Seema, Jorie, Erin on July 27 from 7:30-9 pm

Outpost, 306 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

If you need proof that women are funny, look no further than the Triangle’s thriving comedy scene. Kick back, enjoy a drink, and laugh yourself silly to some of the funniest local ladies in improv and stand-up comedy



Ally Workshop
Nick Popio on July 31 from 6-8 pm
Visual Arts Exchange, 309 W Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Learn specifically how to:

  • Speak up for equality when facing sexism, slut shaming, or otherwise denigrating attitudes toward women, LGBT, people of color, and other minorities;

  • Work with other men to build strong and healthy relationships that support others instead of tearing them down;

  • Use your male privilege to encourage other men to work towards gender equality under women’s leadership;

  • Listen and communicate more effectively, especially when discussing feminism;

  • Act instead of being a bystander

Natyashastra - Journey from Natya to Modern Theatre
Seema Kukreja on August 2 from 5-7:30 pm
NCSU D. H. Hill Library Auditorium
This workshop will cover some vital concepts in how Natya and its mudras have impacted and relate to the traditional and contemporary theatre worldwide.

Women Artistic Director’s Panel
Ashley Popio on August 16 from 7-9 pm
Sonorous Road, 3801-113 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607
Panel Discussion lead/moderated by Ashley Popio featuring a panel of female artistic directors from the Triangle discussing a wide range of topics, including:

  1. Securing a top arts administration position: What helps and what doesn’t?

  2. Unique challenges faced by women artistic directors due to gender disparity and societal expectations.

  3. Why choosing a season that is both diverse and feminist is a solid financial and artistic choice.

  4. Favorite female playwrights and how they’ve influenced you.

  5. Battles that you’ve won, and battles you are still fighting.

Featuring these Artistic Directors:

  • Ashley Popio Artistic Director, Founder Women’s Theatre Festival

  • Vivienne Benesch Producing Artistic Director PlayMakers Repertory Company

  • Renee Wimberley Creative Director Seed Art Share

  • Monét Noelle Marshall Founding Artistic Director MOJOAA Performing Arts Company

  • Elizabeth Doran President & CEO North Carolina Theatre

  • Carolee Baxter Producer North Carolina Theatre

  • Peggy Taphorn Producing Artistic Director Temple Theatre

  • Susannah Hough Co-Artistic Director Honest Pint Theatre

Issues at hand:

  • Balancing a traditional theatre schedule and family, childcare etc.

  • How does being a founding AD affect the way your program?

  • What do you wish folks knew about ADs?

  • How does our current socio-political climate impact the way you lead?

  • How do you motivate a small staff and prevent burnout?

  • Fundraising tactics for a younger audience?

  • Long term goals?

How to be a Feminist Thespian: Strategies
Sarah Provencal on July 15 from 3-5 pm

IMURJ 300 S McDowell St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Anyone interested in gender parity in the theatre is invited to engage in this conversation offering information and ideas on how to give equal weight to the female voice in productions and classes. Part lecture and part forum, this feminist think tank will focus on action items that can make your communities more inclusive.


Strong Books, May We Write Them, May We Publish Them!
Naima Ince & Sharon Galluzzo Location and Time TBD
Class and panel discussion. Featuring published authors and a publisher. The class will start with an ice breaker on “what is your
story to tell?”. Leaders will provide the participants with inspiration and information on all steps involved in writing and publishing a
book. Then the class will feature a facilitated panel discussion and open question and answer session for the participants.



Basic Scene Construction
Jennifer Becker Location and Time TBD
How to build stock platforms and flats using power tools!

To create, produce, and promote extraordinary theatre by all marginalized genders

Based in Raleigh, North Carolina