What is WTF?

The Women's Theatre Festival (WTF) is a group of theatre artists, both women and allies, who seek to address gender parity, diversity, & inclusion in the theatre community. 

Where is WTF?

WTF is based in the Triangle region (Raleigh, Durham, & Chapel Hill) of North Carolina.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

What the *%$!

Why are the voices and viewpoints in American theatre predominately white and male?

WTF's Mission

To create, produce, and promote extraordinary theatre by women. by:

  • Producing a month-long festival every summer where all shows are

    • written by a woman

    • directed by a woman

    • feature a diverse cast and crew that’s at least 50% female

  • Workshops, classes, & panel discussions

  • 24-hour play festival (Occupy the Stage)

  • Developing year-round programming

So, when you say “diversity”…

How we started in 2016

The Count

Gender disparity is present across all theatre disciplines

The Research

A breakdown of all of the research used.

WTF Successes


  • 8 mainstage shows

  • 24-hour Occupy the Stage Festival with 19 individual pieces

  • 15 panel discussions, classes, & talkbacks

  • 6 different venues

  • $20,000 raised

  • $5,000 profit

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

Based in Raleigh, North Carolina