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For immediate release: September 15th 2014  En Français




The 2014 International Centre for Women Playwrights 50/50 Applause Awards: Thunderous “Applause” to international theatre companies producing women playwrights!

 

The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) is thrilled to report the extraordinary level of international support that is represented by the recipients for this year’s 50/50 Applause Awards, which sets out to recognize theatres that produced 50% or more women playwrights in their season of shows.  In the spring, for the first time in the history of the awards, ICWP invited the public to nominate theatres that had produced the work of women playwrights throughout the world.

 

To our great delight, we are proud to announce 67 recipients from nine countries for the 2014 awards. The list includes theatres in Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, and the United States. There are fourteen repeat recipients who have demonstrated gender parity in more than one season.  Meet some of the theaters in our multi-lingual video. http://www.womenplaywrights.org/award-video

 

Despite this encouraging news, ICWP recognizes there is a long way to go to 50/50 status. The Australian Council for Arts 2012 “Women in Theatre” report cites that 21% of the productions between 2001-2011 were written by women. Playwright Lynn Nottage wrote, “…not a single new Broadway play this season was written by a woman or person of color, and of the 47 bookwriters/composers and lyricists represented on Broadway, only six of them were women” (“Women Are Missing From TONY’s and Broadway”, New York Times, 6/6/14). Likewise, there were no new plays or musicals written by women produced on London’s West End in the 2013-2014 season. The Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative (LAFPI) reports that 16% of the 2013-2014 shows produced in Southern California were by women playwrights.

 

ICWP President Karen Jeynes of South Africa says It is a sad truth that often women are not as easily able to access platforms as men are, and there are so many stories which go untold. This award is a fantastic way to acknowledge those who are producing women's work, and encourage those who aren't to think about whether there are more ways to include women writers in their line up.”

 

ICWP started in 1988 with a mission to support women playwrights worldwide and bring attention to their work. The 50/50 Applause Awards are now an annual event for ICWP, with nominations being stringently checked by a strong volunteer committee.  More information about the awards can be found at: http://www.womenplaywrights.org/award

 

Contacts: Elana Gartner and Kris Bauske, co-chairs ICWP 50/50 Applause Awards

Contact email address awards@womenplaywrights.org


Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2014 ICWP 50/50 Applause Awards:

 

16th Street Theater (Chicago, IL, USA)

Playwrights Horizons (New York, NY, USA)

AlterTheater  (San Rafael, CA, USA)

Poetic Justice Project (Santa Maria, CA, USA)

Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company  (Boulder, CO, USA)

Port City Playhouse (Alexandria, VA, USA)

Cabrini Repertory Theater (New York, NY, USA)

Prairie Theatre Exchange (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

Café de la Gare (Paris, France)

Prologue Theatre Company (Chicago, IL, USA)

Cherry Lane Theatre (New York, NY, USA)

Salvage Vanguard Theater (Austin, TX, USA)

Cleveland Public Theatre (Cleveland, OH, USA)

Sarasvati Productions (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

Company One (Boston, MA, USA)

Seattle Public Theater (Seattle, WA, USA)

Crowded Fire Theater (San Francisco, California, USA)

Shameless Hussy (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Dargaville Little Theatre (Dargaville, New Zealand)

Simorgh Film Association of Culture & Art (Herat, Afghanistan)

Detroit Repertory Theatre (Detroit, MI, USA)

State Theatre Company of South Australia (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia)

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre (Summit, NJ, USA)

Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Chicago, IL, USA)

Factory Theatre (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Storycrafter Studio (Miami Beach, FL, USA)

Factory Space Theatre Company (Sydney, NSW, Australia)

Synchronicity Theatre (Atlanta, GA, USA)

Forum Theatre (Silver Springs, MD, USA)

Tennessee Women's Theater Project (Nashville, TN, USA)

Furious Theatre Company (Pasadena/Los Angeles, CA, USA)

The Bush Theatre (London, England)

Genesis Theatrical Productions (Chicago, IL, USA)

The English Theatre of Rome (Rome, Italy)

Golden Thread Productions (San Francisco, CA, USA)

The Great Canadian Theatre Company (West Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

HERE Arts Center (New York, New York, USA)

The Pittsburgh Playhouse (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)

Hollins University (Roanoke, Virginia, USA)

The Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (New York, NY, USA)

Horizon Theatre Company (Atlanta, GA, USA)

The Red Brick Road theatre company (North Hollywood, CA, USA)

Jewish Repertory Theatre (Getzville, NY, USA)

The Theatre @ Boston Court (Pasadena,CA, USA)

Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, Hawaii, USA)

The Wilma Theater (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

Looking for Lilith (Louisville, KY, USA)

THEATRE MONTPARNASSE (Paris, France)

Los Angeles Theatre Center / Latino Theater Company
(Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Theatre Passe Muraille (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Melting Pot KC (Kansas City, MO, USA)

TheatreFIRST (Berkeley, CA, USA)

Mildred’s Umbrella Theater (Houston, TX, USA)

Touchstone Theatre (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)

Native Voices at the Autry (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Tristate Actors Theater (Newton, NJ, USA)

Obsidian Theatre Company (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Tucson Alliance of Dramatic Artists (TADA!) (Tucson, AZ, USA)

Off the Wall Productions (Carnegie, PA, USA)

UCSB Department of Theater and Dance, (Santa Barbara, CA, USA)

Papyrus Cultural Artistic Organization (Kabul, Afghanistan)

Univ. of Nebraska at Omaha Theatre Dpt. (Omaha, NE, USA)

Paul Robeson Theater (Buffalo, NY, USA)

Workhaus Collective (Minneapolis, MN, USA)

Penumbra Theatre Company (St. Paul, MO, USA)

Zwiefachen (Berlin, Germany)

PlayGround (San Francisco, CA, USA)

 

 

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DATE:  May 1, 2014

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Name: Elana Gartner/Kris Bauske

Phone: 01-407-461-7627

Email: awards@womenplaywrights.org

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ICWP 50/50 Applause Award for

Play Writing Gender Parity Nominations are OPEN!

 

(The World) – In celebration of women playwrights everywhere, the International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) is accepting nominations for the 50/50 Applause Award for the 2013-2014 theatrical season (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014)!  The nominations window closes May 21, 2014.

 

Eligibility requirements:

  At least 50% of the plays produced during the year must be the work of female playwrights.

  At least 50% of the total number of performances during the July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014 window must be the work of female playwrights.

  Complete award criteria are listed on this Web page:

http://www.womenplaywrights.org/award

 

Anyone is welcome to nominate a theatre for consideration.  Complete the simple nomination form on the ICWP website.  Once nominated, theatres will be asked to provide information confirming eligibility.  A committee of volunteers will verify all information, and the award winners will be announced in September 2014.  When Tweeting, use #ICWP5050.  Look for us on Twitter @ICWP.

 

Thank you for supporting ICWP and women playwrights around the globe!  Visit the ICWP website to learn more about the many talented women writing for the theatre whose plays can be included in an upcoming season!  Be a 50/50 Applause winner next season!

 

ABOUT ICWP

Established in 1989, The International Centre for Women Playwrights is a virtual organization that exists to bring attention to the achievements of women playwrights and provide a place for peer support, knowledge-sharing, and play publication, with the aim of enabling more women playwrights to have their plays professionally produced on the major stages of world theater and to receive just recompense for their efforts.  

 

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For immediate release: September 23rd 2013

The 2013 International Centre for Women Playwrights 50/50 Applause Awards:
ICWP “applauds” theatre companies for producing women playwrights.

Standing ovation! The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) is delighted with the increased number of recipients for this year’s 50/50 Applause Awards, which sets out to recognize theatres which produce 50% or more women playwrights in their season of shows.  In the spring, members of ICWP nominated theatres that were producing the work of women playwrights throughout the world.


This year there are 29 recipients, nearly 6 times as many as our inaugural awards in 2012. The list includes theatres in the United States, India, Norway, Italy, and Canada. There are two repeat recipients: Playwrights Horizons in New York and Symmetry Theatre in California.  President of ICWP, Dr. Jennifer Munday, says, “We are delighted with the response from both theatres and members who see this award as a demonstration of their commitment to women’s writing.”


Even though the indications are promising, ICWP recognizes there is a long way to go to 50/50 status. A study report from the Gender Equity Task Force in Chicago found that “Plays written by women (either one woman or a group of all women) constituted 18.8% of plays produced in Chicago….roughly in line with recent statistics from New York theaters and from Theatre Communications Group member theatres, which found that between 17% and 20% of plays produced by those groups are written by women.” (Chicago Storefront Summit, March 22, 2010) In two studies on the 2012-2013 season, Washington DC productions showed a slight uptick to 21% (DC Theater: A Demographic Analysis, 2013) and women playwrights were faring even better in Canada with 23%. (Playwrights Guild of Canada, 2013).


ICWP started in 1988 with a mission to support women playwrights worldwide and bring attention to their work. The 50/50 Applause Awards are now an annual event for ICWP, with nominations being stringently checked by a strong volunteer committee.  More information about the awards can be found at: http://www.womenplaywrights.org/award


Contacts: Elana Gartner and Deborah Magid, co-chairs ICWP 50/50 Applause Awards Committee

Contact email address awards@womenplaywrights.org



Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2013 ICWP 50/50 Applause Awards:


AlterTheater (San Rafael, California, USA)
Black Coffee Productions (Bangalore, India)
Cherry Lane Theatre (New York, New York, USA)

Children's Theatre Company (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
Clubbed Thumb (New York, New York, USA)
Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre (South Orange, New Jersey, USA)
Factory Theatre (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Haugesund Teater (Rogaland, Haugesand, Norway)
HERE (New York, New York, USA)
Hollins University (Roanoke, Virginia, USA)

Indian Ensemble Theatre (Bangalore, India)
Looking for Lilith Theatre Company (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)
Mixed Blood Theatre (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
New York Theatre Workshop (New York, New York, USA)
Orlando Repertory Theatre (Orlando, Florida, USA)
Playwrights Horizons (New York, New York, USA)
Prairie Theatre Exchange (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
Prologue Theatre Company (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Ragged Wing Ensemble (El Cerrito, California, USA)
Road Less Traveled Productions (Buffalo, New York, USA)
Shameless Hussy Productions (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
Stage Left Theatre (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Stageworks Theatre (Tampa, Florida, USA)
Symmetry Theatre (Berkeley, California, USA)
Synchronicity Theatre (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
Teatro Luna (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Tennessee Women's Theatre Project (Nashville, Tennessee, USA)
The English Theatre of Rome (Rome, Italy)
Theatre Pro Rata (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)

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ICWP 50/50 Applause Award for Playwrighting Gender Parity

Nominations are OPEN!

(The World) – The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) will accept members’ nominations for the 50/50 Applause Award for the 2012-2013 theatrical season (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013) NOW!  The nominations window closes 
May 21, 2013.

Eligibility comprises a range of criteria including the following:
    •    At least 50% of the plays produced during the year must be the work of female playwrights.  
    •    At least 50% of the total number of performances during the July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013 window must be the work of female playwrights.
    •    Complete award criteria are listed on this web page: http://www.womenplaywrights.org/award

Only ICWP members may nominate theaters for this award.  Members who would like to nominate can go to http://www.womenplaywrights.org/award. Theaters that qualify may contact ICWP with their information to seek nomination.  Those interested in becoming members should go to http://www.womenplaywrights.org/playwright-membership

Once nominated, theaters will be asked to provide information confirming eligibility. A committee of volunteers will verify that information, and the awards will be announced in September, 2013.

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