How Do I/We Participate?

Inspired by the success of similar events, Women's Voices in Washington DC and Women's Theatre Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina (where her play The Lady Scribblers was featured), playwright and director Michaela Goldhaber is leading several members of the “Yeah, I Said Feminist” Theater Salon in organizing the Bay Area Women’s Theatre Festival in spring 2020 and we would like to invite YOU to participate.


How theaters can participate:

  • Is there a play by a woman or non-binary playwright with a cast that is at least 50% women or genderqueer that you are considering producing? If not, can we help you find one?
  • If you DO have a play that fits our guidelines, would you consider producing it in March/April/May 2020 as part of the Women’s Theatre Festival? And committing to a woman or non-binary director and a design team that is at least 50% women+?
  • If not, would you consider hosting a staged reading, or an event (such as a panel discussion, or a party) during the festival? Or offering your space to another producing company?
  • Would you like to get involved in organizing the Women’s Theatre Festival? We are currently holding monthly planning meetings and communicating online to build the festival and produce the Bay Area’s First Women’s Theatre Festival!


Fill out our interest form!


How individuals may participate:

  • Would you like to get involved in organizing the Women’s Theatre Festival? We are currently holding monthly planning meetings and communicating online to build the festival and produce the Bay Area’s First Women’s Theatre Festival!
  • Keep in touch with us by filling out our interest form.
  • Submit a piece to OCCUPY THE STAGE (submission information coming soon...)
  • Donate to help fund the baWTF and pay our many artists!  We are fiscally sponsored by Intersection for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which allows us to offer you tax deductions for your contributions. To donate via credit card, please click here. If you would prefer to mail in your donation, please make checks payable to Intersection for the Arts, and write BAY AREA WOMEN'S THEATRE FESTIVAL in the memo line. This ensures that you’ll receive an acknowledgement letter for tax purposes, and your donation will be available for our project. Checks should be mailed to: Intersection for the Arts, 1448 Market Street, San Francisco, California 94102. 

Michelle Talgarow in TWO MILE HOLLOW by Leah Nanako Winkler at Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company

Michelle Talgarow in TWO MILE HOLLOW by Leah Nanako Winkler at Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company

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Additional Information

Criteria

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:

  • New plays, devised works and classical plays written by women+ or non-binary playwrights
  • Full productions produced by participating Bay Area theater companies
  • A 24-hour performance marathon of women+ occupying the stage including stage readings, solo works, stand up, short plays, and devised works. Submission call will be released in May 2019.
  • Playwrights of Color Staged Reading Series - a curated reading series of contemporary plays by local and internationally known women+ and non-binary playwrights of color
  • Classical Staged Reading Series - working in collaboration with Bay Area Shakespeare companies, baWTF will have a series of staged readings of works by women from the Elizabethan era to the 1920s


Bay Area Women’s Theatre Festival March/April 2020

Produced by the “Yeah, I Said Feminist” Theater Salon

Lead Instigator: Michaela Goldhaber

Managing Director: Susan Shay

bayareaWTF@gmail.com


*A NOTE ON INCLUSION (thank you to the Statera Foundation for development of this language)


Women: baWTF recognizes the limiting nature of the binary use of woman. We welcome 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.


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

IRETONIA: A Sc-Fi Fantasy in rehearsal. Photo courtesy of Wry Crips Writer's Theatre for Disabled Wo