The Triangle has an incredible theatre community. With over 30 companies in the area, there’s a lot to choose from when planning a theatrical night out.
But here’s a question for you: When you’re planning that night out, do you take diversity into account?
Maybe you should. According to The League of Professional Theatre Women, female playwrights, directors, and designers earn fewer than 20 percent of professional production opportunities across the country.
What wonderful art opportunities are theatregoers missing out on?
As a writer, a woman, and a theatre lover, this question is definitely one that concerns me. So when I heard that there was going to be a Women’s Theatre Festival here in North Carolina, I jumped at the chance to get involved. Since I didn’t have any plays ready to go, I joined the marketing committee, hoping to contribute in any way I can to diversifying the theatre experience in the Triangle. (Maybe next year, I’ll be ready to participate as a playwright!)
So far, it’s been fantastic to see the enthusiasm in the theatre community for WTF. The group working to put the festival together is talented and passionate about increasing opportunities for women in theatre. The lineup of plays is shaping up to be an exceptional one, and the people involved both behind and on stage are some of the best in the area.
I graduated from Meredith College, a women’s college. One of the most important benefits of going to a women’s college is empowerment. I was empowered to take a leadership role, even if that role was as small as leading a discussion in class, and I felt encouraged to speak up and speak out. As a member of the WTF marketing committee, I feel that same sense of empowerment. I have been able to share my ideas, contribute my thoughts (as in this blog post), and see what happens when a group of talented women (and their male allies) works together to create change.
You can get a sneak peak of the WTF energy and excitement at our Tony Awards Gala at Raleighwood this weekend. Who says you have to be in New York to experience the magic of Broadway?