I’m reflecting on the year while looking ahead and setting my goals for 2019. In January 2018, I was privileged to become Managing Director of WTF and spend the summer making theatre magic with all of our wildly talented Festival participants. During our annual board retreat in the fall, Ashley, myself, and the powerhouse team of WTF’s Board of Directors poured over the surveys submitted by our 2018 participants, volunteers, and audiences. While taking great care to emphasize the parts of WTF you like best, we knew there were some parts of our model that we were outgrowing.
What we heard from you is that you were equally interested in training/career development opportunities and professional theatre opportunities. We think we’ve found a way to bring you the best of both worlds--a summer festival and a professional mainstage series!
In 2019, the Women’s Theatre Festival will take place from July 12-14 in a variety of venues around downtown Raleigh. It will be comprised of 3 parts--you can attend one or attend them all!
A gathering of performers, designers, directors, technicians, academics, theatre administrators, theatre enthusiasts, and other members of the theatre community to learn, connect, and fight the patriarchy.
A new series of “stripped down” productions with an emphasis on original and experimental performances.
Occupy The Stage
A perennial WTF favorite--24 hours of programming featuring staged readings of works by women.
If you’re as excited as we are, and you’re ready to jump into WTF 2019, you can volunteer to join the Festival Steering Committee. If you’re looking for a place where your donation dollars will make a substantial impact for working theatre arts, as well as creating a more equitable arts landscape in the Triangle, please consider making a gift to WTF today. Whether you choose to make a one-time donation or become a recurring donor via Patreon, you are a part of women’s stories being told. You are raising women’s voices.
So in 2019, my goal is to make more opportunities for women, allies, and anyone who has felt marginalized or on the fringes to tell their stories. I want to make more opportunities for artists to learn and grow in communion with one another. I want to make it so more theatre artists in North Carolina and beyond have fewer barriers and more opportunities to do their best work to date. How about you? What are your goals for 2019 and how can WTF be a part of your journey?
Here’s to making the most out of 2019!
Johannah Maynard Edwards
Executive Director, Women’s Theatre Festival