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  • 03 Jul 2012 3:53 AM | Anonymous
    ICWP Member Tammy Ryan wins 2012 Francesca Primus Prize for her play Lost Boy Found In Whole Foods

    Read More Here....
  • 09 Mar 2012 8:42 PM | Anonymous

    SWAN Day Women Playwrights Celebration. Seattle

    presents readings of one-act plays by
    Puget Sound-area women playwrights in a two-day event.

    Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31
    A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) in Seattle.
    Eulalie Scandiuzzi Space at ACT.

    Tickets are $10, available through the ACT box office 
    (206) 292-7676.

    DramaQueen is a Seattle-based non-profit theater organization dedicated to promoting women playwrights and their work.

  • 09 Mar 2012 8:14 PM | Anonymous

    5th annual DC SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day

    on Saturday, March 31

    Women Artists from DC and beyond offer
    FREE stage performances
    poetry reading
    staged reading marathon
    film screenings

    all in celebration of SWAN Day.

    On Saturday, March 31, 2012, The Georgetown Theatre Company and Women in Film & Video will host the 5th Annual DC SWAN Day, an all-day event featuring FREE Music, Theatre and Storytelling Performances, Poetry Readings, Visual Arts and Film Screenings.

    For the past 4 years, DC SWAN Day has been a walk-able event in Georgetown featuring approximately 90 artists and serving hundreds of arts lovers. This year, DC SWAN Day is expanding beyond Georgetown.

    Events will include:

    • Staged Reading Marathon at National Museum of Women in the Arts (1250 New York Ave., NW)

      13 short plays, culled from over 50 submissions -- by women playwrights from all over the USA, and directed by DC s woman directors

    included in the program
    by Tammy Ryan , ICWP member
    • Storytelling at Mellow Mushroom (2436 18th St., NW)

    • Performance Art at District of Columbia Art Center (2438 18th St., NW)
    • Poetry Readings Grace Church: (1041 Wisconsin Ave., NW)
    • Art Exhibition at Baked and Wired (1052 Thomas Jefferson St., NW ), a solo exhibition by emerging artist Jenny Walton

    For More Information see the Georgetown Theatre website

  • 09 Mar 2012 7:54 PM | Anonymous

    SWAN Day Boston event

    March 25

    2 PM – 4:30 PM

    Boston Playwrights’ Theatre
    949 Commonwealth Ave.

    The creative output of 19 area women artists will be presented in staged readings or performances of:
    • short plays
    • monologues
    • stories
    • poems
    • dance pieces
    • music

      Light refreshments will be served after the show. 
    Directions to the Boston Playwrights’ Theater can be found at: 

    Admission is free with a suggested donation of $5 at the entrance; proceeds go to support The Fund for Women Artists. 

    For more information or to reserve seats,
    emailswanboston2012 @
  • 09 Mar 2012 7:43 PM | Anonymous

    SWAN Day at PYRO Gallery
    Louisville Kentucky USA

    Sponsored by WomenWork/Women'sWork
    (A collaboration between Kathi E.B. Ellis & Nancy Gall-Clayton, both ICWP members)

    A multi-genre showcase of Louisville-area women and girls.

    Saturday, March 31, 2011

    1-2 p.m.

    Free admission

    PYRO Gallery,
    624 W. Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202 USA
    This free one-hour showcase of women artists of all ages includes:
    brief readings by writers of
    • drama
    • fiction
    • poetry and essays
    as well as presentations by
    • dancers
    • musicians
    • visual artists.
    Our event takes place during one of the weekends of the Humana Festival of New American Plays -- and walking distance from Actors Theatre of Louisville.

    Kathi and Nancy, who have worked together on numerous projects, call their joint collaborations WomenWork/Women'sWork. So if you're in Louisville on SWAN day catch our event!
  • 07 Mar 2012 7:42 PM | Anonymous

    13 ICWP Plays Selected for 9th WPI Conference

    The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) is proud to announce that 14 member playwrights have had plays selected for the 9th Women Playwrights International (WPI) Conference.  The selected members include playwrights from the Turkey, Canada and the United States.   The plays are:

    Afgan Voices by Lia Gladstone (USA)

    Aftermath by Sarah Cole (USA)

    Cry After Midnight by Talia Pura (Canada)

    Familium Vulgare by Melisa Tien (USA)

    Girl Kicks Girl by Jyl Lynn Felman (USA)

    Isaac, I am by Mary Steelsmith (USA)

    Manhattan Transits by Donna Spector (USA)

    Medine by Zeynep Kacar (Turkey)

    Osama the Demented by Farzana Moon (USA)

    Phoolan is Everyone by Angelina Llongueras (USA)

    Remnants of a Liquid World by Bianca Bagatourian (USA)

    Talking in Bed by Cornelia Hoogland (Canada)

    Venus in Orange by Paula Cizmar and Laura Shamas (USA)

    The complete list of selected plays can be found here.

    The WPI Conference will be held in Stockholm, Sweden from the 15th to the 20th of August.  The theme of this year’s conference is the democratic stage.  The conference is held in a different city every three years and is organized by Women Playwrights International. 

    The International Centre for Women Playwrights was founded after the first WPI Conference held in Buffalo, New York in 1988.  The organization has worked for the past 24 years to support women playwrights around the world.  ICWP is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization incorporated in the United States.  It currently has over 300 members in more than 20 countries.  You can find our more about ICWP on the web at or on Facebook at

  • 05 Mar 2012 6:07 AM | Anonymous
    March 25, 2012 from 2 PM – 4:30 PM

    The Boston SWAN Day event will be Sunday, March 25th,
    at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA,
    from 2 – 4:30 pm.

    A collection of short plays, monologues, stories, poems, dance pieces and music of 19 area women artists will be presented in staged readings or performances.  Light refreshments will be served after the show. 

    Directions to the Boston Playwrights’ Theater can be found at: 

    Admission is free with a suggested donation of $5 at the entrance; proceeds go to support The Fund for Women Artists.  For more information or to reserve seats, email
  • 01 Dec 2011 8:06 PM | Anonymous
    "Feel the need to connect with other playwrights? You can't go wrong looking into the International Centre of Women Playwrights organization."  One ICWP member details her own experience as a new member - read her full article here.
  • 05 Oct 2011 9:32 AM | Anonymous
    This interview with Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro was published on the website of the Huntington Theatre, Boston, USA, after Alfaro became a Huntington Playwriting Fellow, received a MCC Artist Fellowship, and was given a slot in the 2011-2012 Huntington Theatre Season - all at the age of 72!
    contributed by Charles Haugland:

    Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro
    Charles Haugland: What was your first play about?  Why did you write it?
    Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro: My first play was Behind Enemy Lines about the Japanese American internment camps.  It was an angry political play that followed the Toda family from the horse stalls in the assembly center to the tarpaper barracks in the camps and the segregation center.
    CH: Tell me two big turning points in your career?
    RA: Before Behind Enemy Lines (which I wrote in my late 30’s) I had published many short stories and a handful of poems.  I was enchanted when stage characters became flesh and blood.  I was utterly fascinated by the interaction of director, actors, and audience. It was a case of love at first sight, and I never wrote another short story.

    Read full interview...
  • 26 May 2011 2:44 PM | Anonymous

    From the New York Times:

    PARIS undefined Yasmina Reza is one of the world’s most successful playwrights, but she wears her fame with discomfort. She can talk at length about her red leather Prada coat. She can relate stories with biting humor about her year on the road shadowing Nicolas Sarkozy in his 2007 campaign for the French presidency. But ask her about herself, and the anxiety of the writerly persona takes over.

    A blend of fragility and steel, Ms. Reza wavers between extremes: a determination to be judged by her work alone and a desire that it be understood and appreciated. The publication of her new play, “Comment Vous Racontez la Partie” (“How You Talk the Game”), has propelled her, once again, to face a reporter.
    “After I write, I have nothing to say,” she said in an interview in the bar of the Lutetia Hotel on the Left Bank.

    Read the rest of the article here ...

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