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-identifying or non-binary playwright with a cast that is at least 50% woman-identifying or non-binary 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 2020 as part of the Women’s Theatre Festival? And committing to a woman-identifying or non-binary director and a design team that is at least 50% woman-identifying or non-binary?
  • 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 the BAWTF! Contact us here.

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Additional Information

Criteria

Our goal is to create an intersectional Bay Area-wide Women’s Theatre Festival in March/April 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 identify as women or non-binary and at least 50% of the performers and the designers will be women-identifying or non-binary. 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-identifying or non-binary playwrights
  • Full productions produced by participating Bay Area theater companies
  • Occupy the Stage – a 24-hour marathon of women+ occupying the stage including stage readings, solo works, stand up, short plays, and devised works. International submission call currently being created.

Bay Area Women’s Theatre Festival March/April 2020

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

Lead Instigator: Michaela Goldhaber

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. 

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