Advocating for and Amplifying the work of women+ & non-binary artists in theater and the performing arts across the Bay Area
Our goal is to create an intersectional Bay Area-wide Women’s Theatre Festival in Spring 2020, which will help to usher in the widely-held gender parity goal of 50-50 in 2020 with SWAN DAY (Support Women Artists Now) at its center.
All of the theatre works will be written and directed by theater practitioners who are women+ or non-binary and at least 50% of the performers and the designers will be women+ or non-binary folx. This is in alignment with the 50/50 in 2020 gender parity goal. The festival will include:
Bay Area Women’s Theatre Festival March/April/May 2020
Festival Producer/Managing Director: Susan Shay
Lead Instigator: Michaela Goldhaber
*A NOTE ON INCLUSION (thank you to the Statera Foundation for development of this language)
Women: We recognize the limiting nature of the binary use of woman. baWTF welcomes anyone on the gender spectrum who identifies either always or some of the time as a woman. We also welcome those who identify as non-binary. In our narrative below, we use the term “women+” to represent the expansive definition of women to include women+, womyn, womxn, wimmin, womin, woomin and trans persons.
Intersectionality: baWTF works through an intersectional lens for gender parity. We understand and acknowledge that systems of oppression and discrimination are interdependent and span all social categorizations such as race, class, gender, ability, and sexual orientation as they apply to a given individual or group. Addressing one spoke of systematic discrimination or disadvantage means holistically addressing them all.
IRETONIA: A Sc-Fi Fantasy in rehearsal. Photo courtesy of Wry Crips Writer's Theatre for Disabled Wo
Inspired by the success of similar events, the 2-year Women's Voices Festival in Washington DC and the ongoing Women's Theatre Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina (where Lead Instigator Michaela Goldhaber's play The Lady Scribblers was featured), we are organizing the Bay Area Women’s Theatre Festival in spring 2020. This is how we asked our community to participate:
Michelle Talgarow in TWO MILE HOLLOW by Leah Nanako Winkler at Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company