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  • 26 Apr 2015 12:20 AM | Mona Curtis (Administrator)

    Member Spotlight

                by Debbie Miller

    Herlina Syarifudin defines herself as an “Indonesian woman playwright, director, and monologue actress.”  Syarifudin lives in Jakarta, Indonesia, where she teaches high school and writes plays, monologues, short stories, and poetry in her native Bahasa/Indonesian language. Her plays have been produced in Indonesia (Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan, and Bali).

    On November 15, 2014 Syarifudin founded the Keluarga Theater company in Jakarta. According to Syarifudin, Keluarga members represent “a wide range of disciplines” including actors, directors, playwrights, choreographers, costume designers, and models. Thus, Keluarga  encompasses theatre, movies, dance, fine arts, fashion, and street performance.

    Currently, Syarifudin’s play “My Name is Name” (translated from Indonesian) is in rehearsals with Syarifudin directing and producing.  The play has been selected to be performed at the Women Playwrights International Conference (WPIC) this year in Cape Town, South Africa.

    The following is a Q&A interview with Syarifudin. As English is not her native language, the text has been adjusted slightly in terms of grammar, but the words are her own.

    Q:  Did you study playwriting in a college or university?

    A:  No, I didn’t. I’m self­-taught (an autodidact ) and I joined a short playwriting workshop.

    Q:  Did you study acting in a college or university?

    A:  No, I didn’t. I’m self-taught. I joined productions in some theater groups here, watched theater (live, You Tube and Vimeo), read books about acting, joined a short acting workshop, and discussed acting with senior theater artists.

    Q:  Why do you write plays?

    A:  Because I love theater. In theater, especially for playwriting there are many challenges with its own difficulties for us as playwrights compared if we are writing short stories. When I write a play, I’m not only in position as a playwright, but I have to imagine the play as a director also.

    For example, how can I create characters and find actors who can play the characters in the script?  How can I describe the situation in each scene and the space and time of the setting, considering the size and type of the stage that we will use to show the play (public space/ outdoor or indoor)?  How can a lighting director, artistic director, makeup and costume designer translate/interpret my script on the stage?

    Q:  Do you write: monologues, full length plays, one act plays, or ten minute plays? Comedy, drama? One-person shows?

    A:  I have written monologues, full length plays, one act plays and ten minute plays in all genres like comedy, tragic comedy, drama, and melodrama.  But, all of my plays and monologues are still in the Indonesian language. The only one that is in English is a play “My Name is Name.” So, that’s why I joined ICWP, to motivate me to start translate all of my plays and monologues into English so that they can be read and performed by theatre companies around the world.

    Q:   How long have you been writing?

    A:  When I was at Senior High School I started writing a diary book.  When I was in college, my writing evolved into poetry, short stories, and plays. And I started seriously writing plays in 2006.  But sometimes if I am stagnant in an idea to write a play, I move on to writing poetry, short stories, and scenario of short films. It depends on my mood.

    Q:  Do you write plays and monologues to educate people? If so, what do you want to educate people about? Is there a theme that underlies a lot of your writing?

    A:  Yes, I do. In my plays and monologues, there are moral messages about how to learn about life, humanity, and give more attention for the many things that to other people might no longer matter. For example, most of the themes in my plays and monologues talk about minorities—street children, traditional arts that are almost extinct and have been lost because people in this generation are not interested in learning them anymore, and marginalized, economic low class people. And, the struggle of women.

    Q:  Can you tell me about one character you are proud of?             

    A:  I have a monologue that I perform titled “Victimizing Goddess Cokek.” The Goddess of Cokek is a representation from a figure of master Cokek artist Mak Masnah (“Mak” means “mother”). It is from the Betawi people in Java, an island in Indonesia. Mak Masnah was born in an era of warfare. She died on January 26, 2014. “Cokek” is from the Chinese language Hokkian and means a woman singer. Cokek is a traditional art of Chinese and Betawi cultures. I am interested in honoring her and lifting her story because she devoted her life to being a Cokek artist. Her jobs as an artist were not enough to finance her life and her family and she didn’t always get jobs because there were many competitors during that time. But, she was still loyal as a Cokek artist until she died. And, the problem now is that there are not people of this generation who are interested in becoming Cokek artists. I have performed this monologue 15 times between 2009 and 2014, as playwright, director, and performer. I dedicate “Victimizing Goddess Cokek” to Mak Masnah.

    Here are links to two 30-minute videos of Herlina Syarifusin performing “Victimizing Goddess Cokek:”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDVmezqTyPg  

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REkrkzs44-U

    Facebook:  www.facebook.com/elang.pawestri

    Website:   www.keluargateater.wix.com/herlina

    Welcome New Members & Returning Members

    Rahmat Ismail Bint Zakari, Abuai, Nigeria

    My name is Rahmat Ismail Bint Zakari. I am a Nigerian from Benue state (north central) of the country and I reside in Abuaj, the federal capital territory for the Nigeria people.

    Growing up then in my secondary school days, I became interested in my school dramatic club and subsequently before graduation in 1993, I was able to put together my first play titled "The Seed of Love".  Since that piece, my interest has remained uninterrupted even though I have not been able to publish any of my pieces.

    The reason why I want join the conversation is to afford me opportunity to learn and improve my writing talent. I am a member of a writer's forum here my country and since joining the forum, I do know that I enjoy some level of satisfaction as I get to participate in our monthly writers' challenge in which my story once won second. I look forward to having a more gratifying experience being member of your group.

    You can always reach me through my email address.

    rahzak@yahoo.co.uk

    Séverine Klein, Paris, France

    I am a French  and live in Paris. I mostly write in French and sometimes in English. I have published a novel (La vérité peut attendre, Truth can wait) and a play (Maîtres-chanteurs/Blackmailers) and have written several other plays.

    I am also an actress though writing is my my main artistic interest.

    Among modern/contemporary playwrights, I like most Yasmina Reza, Bernard-Marie Koltès, Jean Tardieu, Lee Blessing, Theresa Rebeck, Sarah Kane, Hanokh Levin, Arthur Miller and some Harold Pinter.

    I am a trained writing coach and have helped a few writers to improve theirs drafts.

    I feel ICWP can be a place where I can discuss current trends in playwriting in English. I would also like to discuss directing plays while being the author.

    My website (in French): www.severineklein.net

    Email: sverineklein5@gmail.com

    Laylah Muran de Assereto

    *Russ Travis, New York, USA

    www.LifeJacketTheatre.org

    *Men are welcome to join ICWP as long as they support women playwrights.

     

    Sandra Seaton, Michigan, USA

    Playwright and librettist, Sandra's plays have been performed in cities throughout the country, including New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and her libretto for the song cycle From the Diary of Sally Hemings, set to music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom, has been performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.

    Seaton’s first play, The Bridge Party, set in a small Southern town during World War II, dramatizes a confrontation between members of an African American women’s bridge club and deputies engaged in a house-to-house search in the black community.   www.sandraseaton.com

    Christine Trageser, Red Brick Road

    Paula Kamen, Evanston, Illinois  USA

    Among other plays, the author of Jane: Abortion and the Underground, which is excerpted in Best Female Stage Scenes and Best Female Monologues series. Also the author of four non-fiction books, the most recent being "Finding Iris Chang."

    See http://www.paulakamen.com.

    Katherine Koller, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

    Katherine writes for radio, stage and screen. Her one-act comedies have been produced at the Edmonton Fringe Festival, CBC radio, Jagged Edge Lunchbox Theatre, Winnipeg‘s FemFest, Alumnae Theatre in Toronto and Walterdale Playhouse in Edmonton.

     She teaches in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. Her website is www.katherinekoller.ca.

    Jennifer Decker, Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company

    mildredsumbrella@hotmail.com

    Heartfelt Thank You to Donors

    ICWP appreciates donations from members, former members, future members and anyone who supports women playwrights.  We extend our heartfelt thanks to the following individuals who donated this quarter. 

    Mary O'Malley

    Séverine Klein

    Carolyn Nur Wistrand

    Sandra Perlman

    Articles of Interest

    10 Words Every Girl Should Know

    A discussion of daughters and the words we speak to them. 

    http://www.alternet.org/gender/10-words-every-girl-should-learn

    We Want More Older and Real Women on TV

    A study showing TV audiences' perception of women in mass media.

    <http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/we-want-more-real-and-older-women-on-tv-audiences-tell-broadcasters-10142141.html

    Coming Events

    Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)  2015 Conference

    July 30 to August 2, 
Montréal Québec Canada.

    http://www.athe.org/news/193492/2015--2016-Hotel-Rates-and-Conference-Dates-Announced.htm

    April 27 & 28th, Vice President Sophie Romma, and member Shirley Barrie will attend the Gender Equity in Theatre International Conference in Toronto, in representation of ICWP.

    Sophia is also part of a smaller working group at the conference and will give a short description of ICWP and its work on gender parity issues.  She will address the questions of what our organization is currently doing, the greatest challenges we face and the strengths and resources of our organization.

    ICWP Initiatives

    The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) 50/50 Applause Awards was founded in 2012 to increase awareness and applaud theatres that produced a season with an equal or greater number of plays written by female playwrights.  Nominations for the 2015 award open May 1.

    In the November 2014 Newsletter, I reported that ICWP had nominated member Madhuri Shekar, as candidate for the Lark Pony Fellowship 2015.  We would like to announce that Martyna Majok, author of Ironbound, a Top Ten play for the 2014 Kilroys’ list, received that honor. The Lark and Playwrights of New York (PoNY)  reported that "Majok was selected from a very talented group of writers who were nominated by artistic leaders and graduate playwriting programs from across the country." Congratulations, Martyna.

    http://www.larktheatre.org/the-lark-and-playwrights-of-new-york-announce-2015-16-pony-fellowship-awarded-to-playwright-martyna-majok/

    Website Tip of the Month

    One of the benefits of your ICWP membership is that you can post details of any Productions or Readings events, Awards you may have received and Publications, on the ICWP website.

    The links to your listings will appear on the ICWP website Homepage under the "Achievements"

    Add your

    •                Productions ( or Public Readings ),

    •                Awards ( includes Bursaries, Contest Winner, Finalist, commended,  Grants received)

    •                Publications ( Sole Author or Multiple Author Works) .

    Just log in on the website with your membership email and password. If you forgot your password, click the Forgot Password link under the login box and you will receive a password help email.

    Adding your achievements -

    Click on the News link in the top menu Next: In the left menu you will see the links to go to Member Awards Member Productions Member Publications As a logged in member , you should see, on each page, a button that says " Add Post". Just follow the instructions on the page

     

    We are very happy to have Debbie Miller, New York teacher, writer and playwright, join us as Spotlight writer.  We are anxious to hear from all our members.  If you have any comments or if you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for the spotlight, please reply to this email.

    Yours for innovative, engaging, and equitable theater,

    Mona Curtis

    Newsletter Editor

  • 25 Mar 2015 7:30 AM | Mona Curtis (Administrator)

    Member Spotlight

    This month, we would like to recognize the volunteerism of Nina Gooch, the facilitator for the ICWP online playwriting group.

    Nina Gooch is based in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to being a playwright, she is a lighting designer and a stage/production manager. She was a co-founder and Artistic Director of Theatre OUTlanta, an LBTQ theatre in Atlanta. Her ten-minute play Dancing on a Sweet Summer Evening was produced as part of Queer Theatre Kalamazoo’s 2014 Summer Shorts program.

    Nina has been a member of ICWP for over ten years. She started as a playwright participant in the pilot program of the online playwriting group right at the start, in January, 2013, and took on the moderator role when the original moderator was unable to continue. “It was a skill I had and I appreciated what I’d gotten from the process….” said Nina.

    Initially started to particularly support members in areas where they did not have immediate support, the playwriting group reads each other’s plays and answers questions posed by the playwright. New plays go out about every five to six weeks. As this is a program run by ICWP, all the members of the playwriting group are ICWP members. Playwrights receive feedback from people with very different perspectives. Nina says that she has learned just as much from reading other people’s work as from getting feedback on her own.

    There are currently spots open in the ICWP online playwriting group. If you are interested in joining, please email Nina at ninagooch@gmail.com

    Thank you, Nina, for all the work you do!

    Welcome New Members

    Beverly Bowers is the director of Womens Way of Oh-Ky, an artistic support group currently working on a play THE BREEZE BENDS THE GRASS, a musical with original score written by the Julliard trained and award-winning songwriter, Krista Detor.

    www.womenswayohio.org

    Liesl Lafferty is a Jessie award-winning director, dramaturg and playwright, focusing mainly on creating new Canadian works. She wrote and directed CANARY for the 2010 Vancouver Fringe, a semi-autobiographical comedy about environmental illness.  Liesl is member of the Wet Ink Collective Playwriting Intensive. For more information, check out www.liesllafferty.ca

    Eleanor Oberio is an emerging playwright and recently underwent a workshop with the award winning playwright and director Dean Lundquist. She is is also working on an illustrated children's book entitled "Goodnight Emmanuel."  In her spare time, she does volunteer work for community and conservation and artistic. She lives in Singapore with her chirpy 3 year old son and husband. 

    Rosa Nagle is an experimental playwright from Boston. Her play ON THE DEATH OF JUNE had its world premiere last summer during the NYNW Theatre Festival. She is self-producing her site-specific, interactive play OCTOBER. 

    Articles of Interest

    Article on "The Heidi Chronicles" in the NY Times takes a sharp bend to the issue of women playwrights. 

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/01/nyregion/decades-since-wassersteins-heidi-the-glass-proscenium-holds-fast.html?_r=0

    A Stage of their Own:  Why Women Playwrights are Still Marginalized

    http://www.theguardian.com/stage/theatreblog/2015/feb/26/female-playwrights-national-theatre?CMP=share_btn_tw

    Coming Events

    Also, Equity in Theatre is hosting a Symposium Monday, April 27th at The Theatre Centre in Toronto. This is a one-day event tackling underrepresentation and gender inequities in the theatre industry in Canada. 

    equityintheatre@gmail.com

    Dramatist Third National Conference  July 16-19, La Jolla, California

    http://www.dramatistsguild.com/nationalconference.aspx

    ICWP Initiatives

    Nominations open May 1 for the 2015 50/50 Applause Award. 

    Welcome to the ICWP March Newsletter.  As you can see, we are trying to spotlight a new member each month.  I would like to extend a personal invitation for you to nominate yourself or another ICWP member for the spotlight.  We are particularly interested in people in under-represented areas but welcome suggestions from all our members.

    Yours for innovative, engaging, and equitable theater,

    Mona Curtis

  • 27 Feb 2015 6:21 PM | Mona Curtis (Administrator)

    A Tribute to Jewel

    The Member Spotlight for February is a Tribute to Jewel Seehaus-Fisher, longtime member and contributor to the International Centre for Women Playwrights.  Jewel was an adjunct professor of English at Rutgers University as well as Artistic Director of Teachers Theater. Twice recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Playwriting, Jewel was a talented and prolific writer whose plays and opera librettos have been produced around the country. I could give a lengthy description of Jewel's many productions, awards, memberships, and academic and theatrical positions. However, her best tribute is the words of those who knew and loved her.

    Jewel was a dear friend of mine for more than twenty years. . . . She was kind, generous, loving, talented, funny and always supportive of my work and the work of other playwrights. I had seen her with her daughter Mavis at her new opera in NYC just days before her life was ended so suddenly and senselessly. I will always miss her and carry her memory in my heart.

    Donna Spector

    Jewel was known to me through the network of international women writers. Her independent spirit and huge intelligence was a constant support to members and many us of felt we knew her well even without meeting her. This is testament to her success in reaching out to so many. We shall miss her. She was indeed a precious jewel whose worth is far more than rubies.

    Julia Pascal

    She was a friend and colleague of mine, and a true lady of the theatre.She will be greatly missed. 

    Rachel Rubin Ladutke

    I’ve always been amazed at her ability, the power of her work, and her willingness to improve her craft and her constant commitment to a number of different theaters and projects over the years.

    John Pietrowski, Director, Playwrights Theater of New Jersey

    Besides her artistic contributions, Jewel was always ready to donate her time to The Theater Project. I am sure she was equally generous to the other arts groups she belonged to. . . .  Jewel was an extraordinarily loving and supportive colleague. . . . We will never forget her generosity of spirit, her artistry and her affection.

    Mark Spina, Artistic Director, Theatre Project

    Sophia Romma, Vice President of ICWP, was able to give a fitting tribute to Jewel at the reading of her play Anthrax at the TheatreLab in New York City on February 16

    Remember that March 8 is International Women's Day and Saturday, March 28, 2015 is the official date for the 8th International SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now.)  SWAN Day has very successfully highlighted women's diversity and creativity in the arts. There have been over 1,200 SWAN Day events in 24 countries during its first seven years.  WomenArts has a directory where you can find or register events.   You can also find it on Facebook

    Yours for innovative, engaging, and equitable theater.

    Mona Curtis

  • 21 Jan 2015 4:44 AM | Anonymous

    Welcome to the new and improved ICWP Newsletter. 

    In this issue, we have a Member Corner including New Members and a Member Marquee and news about gender parity in theater worldwide. 

    In future issues we hope to have more contributions by members, including a Member Spotlight and compilation of important themes from the ListServe.  We also plan to put the newsletter on the website as a blog.  As always, we welcome your comments. 
    Yours for engaging, innovative, and equitable theater,
    Mona Curtis

    Member Corner

    Welcome new members Kal Cahoone.and Ana J. Rogers.

    Member Marquee

    (See the website homepage for details.)

    LIGHTENING UP, SUNDAY by Nancy Gall-Clayton, Public Reading on January 18,  Louisville, Kentucky.

    MAYAN MASK by Lynn Snyder, January 9 - February 12, Oxnard, California

    EVERYDAY EDNA MAE by Robin Rice Lichtig, February 18, 21, 24, 27, and March 1, Frigid New York Festival.

    BECAUSE OF BETH by Elana Gartner, March 25-28, Auckland, New Zealand.

    I AM MARGUERITE by Shirley Barrie, April 10-25, Toronto, Canada.

    MY NAME IS NAME by  Herlina Syarfudin, April 18-19, Jakarta, Indonesia.

    Scottish National Theater 2015 Season

    (a good lineup of works by and about women)

    An adaptation of Muriel Spark’s The Driver’s Seat

    Cora Bissett Roadkill and musical Glasgow Girls to investigate the deep-rooted cultural practice of female genital mutilation.

    Douglas Maxwell  Yer Granny, a new English language version of Roberto Cossa’s Argentinean smash hit La Nona. Concerning a 100 year-old granny who is eating her family out of house and home.

    Compton MacKenzie’s whimsical novel Whisky Galore, touring from April 9 to May 15, is to be adapted into Gaelic for the first time by Iain Finlay Macleod in a co-production with new Gaelic company Robhanis.

    Playwrights Guild of Canada

    The Playwrights Guild of Canada has launched their Equity in Theatre (EIT) Initiative. The first phase will be a research study conducted by Dr. Michelle MacArthur on work being done in Canada and abroad for best practices. EIT will establish a dedicated website for women and equity in theatre.

    In April, 2015, there will be a day-long, industry wide symposium event to foster conversations on a national and international scale, develop social actions that will promote change and generate awareness of Canadian women playwrights while drawing attention to the systemic issues that permeate the industry.

    This will set up a plan for community events and activities for the following year. EIT is looking for partners and resources to aid them in this endeavor. You can reach out to Rebecca Burton at membership@playwrightsguild.ca

    The ground is shifting

    Also should add the phenomenal news that the new Scottish Government First Minister is female - Nicola Sturgeon and she has just appointed her first cabinet with a 50/50 gender balance. She also publicly urged all companies,corporations, organisations and institutions to achieve 50/50 gender balance by 2020 for their boards and management.


    Women Playwrights International 2015 Conference

    June 29 -  July 3

    Capetown, South Africa

    Early bird registration continues till May 30.


    http://www.wpiconference.com/

    Attend workshops by leading female theatre practitioners, Listen to plays from around the world, See exciting productions from South African companies and Network with the global community of women in theatre.


  • 29 Dec 2014 4:40 AM | Anonymous

    Happy Holidays,

    Let us be thankful for our many gifts.  Yet, the greatest gift we can give is ourselves, our time, our talent, our interest, and our passion.  

    Board member, Kristine Bauske has contributed this month's spotlight highlighting a special member.

    Member Spotlight

    It is an honor to shine this month’s spotlight on my good friend and fellow board member Elana Gartner.  Aside from being a talented playwright and a busy mom, Elana has been a board member for ICWP for many years, and she has been the chair person or co-chair for the 50/50 Applause Awards since 2011.  She is also the Volunteer Coordinator for ICWP.  If you don’t know Elana personally, you’ve probably seen her name bandied about in one of these important positions.

    Elana has had works produced in a number of U.S. states, including New York, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Georgia.  One of her scripts will be produced in New Zealand in March 2015, and two of her monologues are included in “Audition Monologues for Young Women #2: More Contemporary Auditions for Aspiring Actresses”.  Elana is a graduate of Oberlin College, where she continues to be active in their alumni association.

    During the busy 50/50 Applause Awards season, Elana spends hundreds of hours organizing nominations and verifying the eligibility of the nominated organizations.  The task can appear overwhelming, but despite her other job as a busy wife and mother to her fabulous family, Elana always manages to get the 50/50 Applause Awards completed accurately and on time.  Not only that, but she tirelessly encourages the rest of the Applause Awards team and does it all with a smile.  Elana is a blur of energy and activity, and we are grateful to have this effervescent personality working to further the mission of ICWP.

    Next time you’d like to volunteer for a project or you need a volunteer, look forward to a quick chat or an engaging email from this month’s spotlight member, Elana Gartner!

    About the Volunteer Program


    The ICWP Volunteer Program provides opportunities for members to use their talents and expertise to collaborate on ICWP projects. Past opportunities have included awards committees, nominations committees, research, assistance with our website and artistic design. Our current board is creating new opportunities in 2015 to work with members in many different ways. You can always reach out to Elana about volunteer opportunities at volunteer@womenplaywrights.org.

    New Members

    ICWP has had seven new members since November 1, 2014.  Lisa Alder of Horizon, Gweneth Hughes, an American living in Paris, Andrea Markowitz,  Sabrina Masud, Madeline Puccioni,  Abigail Rezneck, and Mary Spletter.

    Member Corner

    In my previous newsletter, I asked what you wanted incorporated in our newsletter.  One suggestion was for information about theaters willing to publish cutting-edge plays.  Another was a call for members to write short reviews about plays they have seen, especially those outside of the US and Canada. If you have something you would like to share, reply to me and I will try to include it in the Member Corner of the January Newsletter.

    Yours for engaging, equitable, and innovative theater,

    Mona Curtis

    Newsletter Editor

    mona83655@gmail.com

  • 26 Nov 2014 4:12 AM | Anonymous

    November 2014

    Welcome!

    The ICWP board feels it's important to communicate its goals, achievements, opportunities, and needs with its constituency, and we plan to put out a newsletter at least monthly, perhaps more often.  That is where you come in.  We sincerely seek feedback as to what you want in a newsletter.  

    A few of the items that we have agreed upon include our organizational achievements, recognition of important volunteers, and items of importance in theater, especially as it relates to women playwrights.
    50/50 Applause Award

    In that light, let me begin with extraordinary success of the ICWP 2014 50/50 Applause Award, given to theatres producing works by women playwrights more than 50% of their season.

    This year, over 100 nominations were received and 67 recipients from 9 countries received awards.  By comparison, the first awards in 2011 had 5 recipients from one country.  It is becoming a sought-after award with theaters and directors self-nominating, expanding the reach and influence of ICWP.

    ICWP would also like to recognize the Herculean efforts of the individuals on the 50/50 Applause Awards committee: Rita Barkey, Amy Drake, Elise Geither, Ellen Margolis, Adrienne Pender, Debbie Tan, Lucia Verona and Sharon Wallace.

    This committee did their work as a team, in addition to their individual research. They supported one another and were quick to respond to challenges others were encountering. Members who had previously volunteered on this committee lent their wisdom and advice.

    Through their efforts, we were able to reach out to theaters in more countries than ever before, send press releases to international theater bloggers, and translate our communications into multiple languages.

    After the nominations window, they offered thoughtful suggestions on improvements for next year, based on their experiences. ICWP sincerely thanks and recognizes the work and efforts of this group who truly worked as a team.

    Read More http://womenplaywrights.org/award Recipient
    Theatres thank you video http://womenplaywrights.org/award-video

    The nomination of Madhuri Shekar for the Lark/PoNY Fellowship

    Many prestigious competitions and fellowships do not have open submissions.  They require nominations from organizations or agents.  Playwrights of New York and Lark Play Development Fellowship offer a one-year residency in New York.  Living expenses, medical insurance, and artistic support are provided to a serious young playwright. 

    ICWP was asked by the search committee to submit a nomination.  After reviewing the Fellowship's goals, ICWP nominated Madhuri Shekar, Indian-American writer and ICWP member.

    Ms. Shekar was strongly recommended by her professor, Paula Cizmar also an ICWP member, as a unique and poignant writer in a critical point in her career.

    It is an honor for an organization to be asked to nominate and careful consideration and appropriate recommendations legitimize our organization and position us to participate in other nominations.

    For this reason, ICWP is creating an awards committee that will be responsible for selecting candidates when ICWP is asked for recommendations.

    Read More about the Lark PONY Award  http://www.playwrightsofnewyork.org/about.html

    Current events about gender parity in the arts, especially theater

    Women Playwrights International has been dedicated to planning and convening inspirational triennial international conferences, for women playwrights and allied theater artists, that began in 1988. 

    It has organized conferences in different parts of the world in an effort to give access to underrepresented regions.

    Next year's conference will be June 29 - July 3 in Cape Town, South Africa.

    ICWP President, Karen Jeynes, is active in organizing the event. 

    Registration is now open at http://www.wpiconference.com/

    The ICWP Member Directory

    The Member Directory  link has been moved to a more prominent position on the website, linked from the Homepage. Here you will be able to see how your playwright profile looks to the public. http://www.womenplaywrights.org/member-directory

    Member Corner

    Now, I leave it up to you.  Please give me feedback about the contents of this newsletter and your suggestions for future issues.

    I am also interested in including personal accounts from members, not production notices but informative accounts of working on a play in any capacity.

    This would be a mini-article where you could expand upon your experience for the benefit of all.

    Yours for equitable, engaging, and innovative theater.

    Mona Curtis

    Newsletter Editor
    monacurtis@hotmail.com

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