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CONTACT:

Name: Elana Gartner/Deborah Magid/Kris Bauske

Phone: 01-407-461-7627

Email: awards@womenplaywrights.org

Web address: http://www.womenplaywrights.org

Twitter: @icwp #icwp5050

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The 2016 International Centre for Women Playwrights 50/50 Applause Awards:

Celebrating gender parity on five continents for our 5th anniversary!

The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP)  is thrilled to report that a record-breaking number of recipients will receive the 2016 50/50 Applause Awards, which recognizes theatres that produced 50% or more women playwrights in their 2015/16 season of shows. ICWP defines 50/50 by the number of qualifying performances in a theatre’s season. This allows a concrete measurement of the resources being devoted to women playwrights.

For the awards’ 5th anniversary, ICWP recognized 107 recipients in ten countries on five continents. The list includes theatres in Australia, Canada, England, Italy, Kenya, the Philippines, Scotland, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United States. Approximately 32% of the theatres are repeat recipients, demonstrating gender parity in two or more seasons. Recipients range from community and college theatres to internationally renowned theatres. Meet some of the theatres in the ICWP celebration video. http://www.womenplaywrights.org/50-50-awards-video-2016

For several years, the international performing arts industry has been scrutinized for its underrepresentation of women playwrights as well as women in leadership positions in theatre. According to the League of Professional Theatre Women’s (LPTW) 2015 study “Women Count: Women Hired Off-Broadway 2010-2015”, women playwrights were produced 28%-36% of the time. Among ten Australian theatres, 39% of original and adapted works were by women (The National Voice 2106, Australian Writers Guild). The UK’s Purple Seven study “Gender in Theatre” of 2012-2015 seasons reported 28% of playwrights were female.

Though these numbers are higher than they have been in the past, women playwrights are still not receiving their due, and there are many potential reasons. The LPTW study points out that new works by women are more likely to be produced today than those by women in the past, although there are many classic women playwrights. The AWG cites that commissioned adaptations are where women are making the least amount of headway.

A full list of the qualifying seasons by our 50/50 recipients can be found on our website. http://womenplaywrights.org/50-50-awards-2016 In addition, theatres researching plays by contemporary female playwrights can look at the Kilroys List, the 49 List, the New Play Exchange, and Treepress.com.  

ICWP started in 1988 with a mission to support women playwrights worldwide and bring attention to their work. The ICWP 50/50 Applause Awards were 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. More information about the awards can be found at: http://www.womenplaywrights.org/award


Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2016 ICWP 50/50 Applause Awards!

16th Street Theater (Berwyn, IL, USA), Actors for Children Theatre (Flatwoods, KY, USA), Actors Theater of Charlotte (Charlotte, NC, USA), Althea Theatre (London, England, UK), Aurora Theatre Company (Berkeley, CA, USA), b current (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), Babes with Blades Theatre Company (Chicago, IL, USA), Birds of Paradise Theatre Company (Glasgow, Scotland), Black Theatre Workshop (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), Book-It Repertory Theatre (Seattle, WA, USA), Borderlands Theater (Tucson, AZ, USA), Bread & Roses Theatre (London, UK), Broken Nose Theatre (Chicago, IL, USA), Brooklyn Repertory Theatre (Brooklyn, NY, USA), Bush Theatre (London, England, UK), Cadence Theatre (in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre, Richmond, VA, USA), Cape May Stage (Cape May, NJ, USA), Capital Repertory Theatre (Albany, NY, USA), Castlereigh Theatre Project (Vancouver, BC, Canada),  Centaur Theatre (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), Centenary Stage Company (Hackettstown, NJ, USA), Center Stage (Baltimore, MD, USA), Checkpoint Theatre (Goodman Road, Singapore), Chicago Dramatists (Chicago, IL, USA), City Theatre Company (Pittsburgh, PA, USA), Cleveland Public Theatre (Cleveland, OH, USA), Congo Square Theatre Company (Chicago, IL, USA), Crowded Fire Theater (San Francisco, CA, USA), Curious Theatre Company (Denver, Colorado, USA), Detroit Public Theatre (Detroit, MI, USA), Drew University Department of Theatre and Dance (Madison, NJ, USA), EgoPo Classic (Philadelphia, PA, USA), Factory Space Theatre Company (Sydney, NSW, Australia), Farmington Valley Stage Company (Canton, CT, USA), Firehall Arts Centre (Vancouver, BC, Canada), Forward Theater (Madison, WI, USA), Frank Theatre (Minneapolis, MN, USA), Genesis Theatrical Productions (Chicago, IL, USA), Great Canadian Theatre Company (Ottawa, ON, Canada), Halcyon Theatre (Chicago, IL, USA), HERE Arts Center (New York, New York, USA), Horizon Theatre Company (Atlanta, GA, USA), Hothouse (Albury-Wodonga Australia), Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD, USA), Inis Nua Theatre (Philadelphia, PA, USA), InnerMission Productions (San Diego, CA, USA), InterAct Theatre Company (Philadelphia, PA, USA), Israeli Stage (Boston, MA, USA), Keen Company (New York, NY, USA), Kitchen Theatre (Ithaca, NY, USA), Know Theatre of Cincinatti (Cincinatti, OH, USA), Larrikin Entertainment (Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada), Latino Theater Company/Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC) (Los Angeles, CA, USA), Luna Stage (West Orange, NJ, USA), Magic Theatre (San Francisco, CA, USA), Manbites Dog Theater (Durham, NC, USA), McCarter Theatre Center (Princeton, NJ, USA), Milagro (The Miracle Theatre Group, Portland, OR, USA), Mitch and Murray Productions (Vancouver, BC, Canada), National Black Theatre (New York, NY, USA), New Theatre (Miami, FL, USA), New York Theatre Workshop (New York, NY, USA), NextStop Theatre Company (Herndon, VA, USA), North Carolina Stage Company (Asheville, NC, USA), Obsidian Theatre Company (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), Off the Wall Productions (Carnegie, PA, USA), Orlando Repertory Theatre (Orlando, FL, USA), Ovalhouse Theatre (London, England, UK), Pacific Theatre (Vancouver, BC, Canada), Pangdemonium Theatre Company (Ubi Road 4, Singapore), Peridot Theatre (Mount Waverley, Victoria, Australia), PETA Philippine Educational Theater Association (Quezon City, Philippines), Plan-B Theatre (Salt Lake City, UT, USA), PlayGround (San Francisco, CA, USA), Playwrights Realm (New York, NY, USA), Poetic Justice Project (Santa Maria, CA, USA), Prairie Theatre Exchange (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada), Profile Theatre (Portland, OR, USA), Punctuate! Theatre (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), Ragged Wing Ensemble (Oakland, CA, USA), Renaissance Theatreworks (Milwaukee, WI, USA), Rep Stage (Columbia, MD, USA), Riot Act, Inc. (Jackson, WY, USA), Round House Theatre (Silver Spring, MD, USA), Royal Court Theatre (London, England, UK), Salvage Vanguard Theater (Austin, TX, USA), Second Stage Theatre (New York, NY, USA), Shameless Hussy Productions (Vancouver, BC, USA), Shelterbelt Theatre (Omaha, NE, USA), Ship’s Company Theatre (Parrsboro, NS, Canada), Shotgun Players (Berkeley, CA, USA), Synchronicity Theatre (Atlanta, GA), Tamasha Theatre Company (London, England, UK), Tantai Teatro (Puerto Rico, USA), Teatro Paraguas (Santa Fe, NM, USA), Tennessee Women’s Theater Project (Nashville, TN, USA), The English Theatre of Rome (Rome, Italy), The Road Theatre Company (North Hollywood, CA, USA), The Theatre Company of Kenya (Nanyuki/Mombasa/ Nairobi/ Nakuru Kenya), Theatre Alliance of Washington DC (Washington DC, USA), Theatre Conspiracy (Fort Myers, FL, USA), Theatre Passe Muraille (Toronto, ON, Canada), Timeline Theatre (Chicago, IL, USA), Tita8lou (Geneva, Switzerland), Urban Stages (New York, NY, USA), WhoDunnit Murder Mystery Theater (Louisville, KY, USA), and Windy City Playhouse (Chicago, IL, USA).

*Highlighted theatres are repeat recipients


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DATE: April 28, 2016

CONTACT:

Name: Elana Gartner/Deborah Magid/Kris Bauske
Phone: 01-407-461-7627
Email: awards@womenplaywrights.org
Web address: http://www.womenplaywrights.org
Twitter: @icwp #icwp5050
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WomenPlaywrights

 

2016 ICWP 50/50 Applause Award Accepting Nominations May 2-20, 2016

(The World) – Communities from Toronto to Dublin to Washington, D.C. are focusing on the vast gender inequity for professional playwrights and other theatre practitioners. The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) is proud to sponsor the fifth annual 50/50 Applause Award, celebrating theatres which achieved gender parity among their produced playwrights within the past theatre season. The nomination window for the 2015-2016 theatrical season is about to open!

This year’s nomination form will go live May 2, 2016 on the main page of the ICWP website, http://www.womenplaywrights.org, where you will also find links to videos, press releases, and news. Anyone may nominate eligible theatres.  The following are highlights of the eligibility requirements.

At least 50% of the plays produced between July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016 are the work of female playwrights

At least 50% of the total number of performances during that window are the work of female playwrights

Theatres may not have the development of works by women as their main mission statement

Further information is available at http://www.womenplaywrights.org/award. Please contact us if you need translation assistance.

Along with artistic directors and theatre employees, the public is encouraged to nominate any theatre which meets the criteria for the award. Please share this information with your theatre friends around the world! Recipients of the 2015/16 award will be announced in September 2016. Start verifying information now to be ready to nominate when the window opens May 2nd.  For more information about the award and previous recipients, go to http://www.womenplaywrights.org/50/50-Awards-History

 

ABOUT ICWP

Established in 1989, The International Centre for Women Playwrights is an organization that exists to bring attention to the achievements of women playwrights and to provide a place for peer support, knowledge-sharing, and play publication. It is the goal of ICWP to enable women playwrights to have their plays professionally produced on the major stages of world theatres and to receive just recompense for their efforts. When the numbers are no longer tragically skewed against women, we will no longer be needed. We work for that day!

http://www.womenplaywrights.org



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DATE: April 11, 2016




CONTACT:

Name: Elana Gartner/Deborah Magid/Kris Bauske

Phone: 01-407-461-7627

Email: awards@womenplaywrights.org

Web address: http://www.womenplaywrights.org

Twitter: @icwp #icwp5050

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WomenPlaywrights

Nominations Opening Soon: 2016 ICWP 50/50 Applause Award for Theatre Gender Parity Around the Globe

(The World) – The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) is proud to sponsor the fifth annual 50/50 Applause Award, celebrating theatres which achieved gender parity among their produced playwrights in a given theatre season. The nomination window for the 2015/16 season is about to open!

Nominations for the 2015/16 theatre season will be offered via web form May 2–20, 2016. Anyone may participate. The public is encouraged to nominate any theatre which meets the criteria for the award, and artistic directors and theatre employees may self-nominate. Please share this information with your theatre friends around the world! Eligibility requirements for the award are available at http://www.womenplaywrights.org/award Contact us if you need translation assistance.

The 2015/16 Season awards will be announced in September 2016. Start verifying information now, and be ready to submit when the nomination window opens May 2nd!

For more information about the award and previous recipients, go to http://www.womenplaywrights.org/50/50-Awards-History

ABOUT ICWP

Established in 1989, The International Centre for Women Playwrights is an organization that exists to bring attention to the achievements of women playwrights and to provide a place for peer support, knowledge-sharing, and play publication. It is the goal of ICWP to enable women playwrights to have their plays professionally produced on the major stages of world theatres and to receive just recompense for their efforts. When the numbers are no longer tragically skewed against women, we will no longer be needed. We work for that day!

http://www.womenplaywrights.org


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September 21st, 2015


The 2015 International Centre for Women Playwrights 50/50 Applause Awards: International and more consistent support for women playwrights swells in theaters!

The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) is delighted to report the increasingly consistent and diverse 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.  ICWP defines 50/50 by the number of qualifying performances in a theater’s season. This allows us to measure what percentage of resources is being devoted to women playwrights.

This year, we are pleased to be honoring 60 recipients, representing nine countries. The list includes theatres in Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Scotland, Sweden and the United States. Our recipients range from small or new theaters to well-established larger theaters. We are thrilled that one third of the list are repeat recipients who have demonstrated gender parity in two or more seasons, indicating an increased awareness and commitment to women playwrights from the larger theater community.  Meet some of the theaters in our multi-lingual video. http://www.womenplaywrights.org/award-video

While these theaters are serving as role models, ICWP recognizes that the average of productions of women playwrights internationally continues to remain under 25%. The United States’ 2015 The Count, measuring productions nationwide 2011-2014, found that women playwrights were being produced 22% (up from the 2009 Sands report at 18%). In Canada, The Equity in Theatre (EIT) report (2015), however, showed a decrease in productions by women playwrights from 29% for the season of 2010/11 (PACT report) to 22% for the season of 2013/14.

There is also a disparity in the size of theaters and stages that women playwrights are given in comparison to their male counterparts. This directly affects the ticket price and, therefore, the potential income for the playwright. According to the EIT, the largest theaters in Canada produce men 70% while women’s work is produced 19.5%. The UK’s report “Still Looking Through A Glass Ceiling?” found that “…on average, new plays by women are performed in theatres that are 24% smaller than those which present new work by men, while the ticket price is 23% lower.” (British Theatre Consortium in collaboration with the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre, 2015)

Theaters that are looking for plays by women can find the seasons of our recipients listed on our website. Other resources are The Kilroys List, The New Play Exchange and Treepress.

ICWP started in 1988 with a mission to support women playwrights worldwide and bring attention to their work. The ICWP 50/50 Applause Awards were 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. 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 2015 ICWP 50/50 Applause Awards!

16th Street Theater (Berwyn, IL, USA), NextStop Theatre Company (Herndon, VA, USA), Actors for Children Theatre (Flatwoods, KY, USA), Northlight Theatre (Skokie, IL, USA), Bread & Roses Theatre (Clapham, London, UK), Obsidian Theatre Company (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), Centaur Theatre (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), Off the Wall Productions (Carnegie, PA, USA), Cherry Lane Theatre (New York, NY, USA), Paul Robeson Theater (Buffalo, NY, USA), Chicago Dramatists (Chicago, IL, USA) , Performance Network (Ann Arbor, MI, USA), Company One (Boston, MA, USA), Perseverance Theatre (Juneau and Anchorage, Alaska, USA), Court Theatre (Chicago, IL, USA), PlayGround (San Francisco, CA, USA), Delinquent Theatre (Vancouver, BC, Canada), Playwrights Horizons (New York, NY, USA), Dobama Theatre (Cleveland Heights, OH, USA), Poorboy (Various locations, Scotland),Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre (Summit, NJ, USA), Port City Playhouse (Alexandria, VA, USA),Ensemble Studio Theatre (New York, NY, USA), Ragged Wing Ensemble (El Cerrito, CA, USA), Entity Theatre (Munich, Germany), Rats Teater (Stockholm, Sweden), Factory Space Theatre Company (Sydney, NSW, Australia), Round House Theatre (Bethesda, MD, USA), Factory Theatre (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), Salvage Vanguard Theater (Austin, TX, USA), Forum Theatre (Silver Springs, MD, USA),Sarasvati Productions (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada), GALA Hispanic Theatre (Washington, DC, USA), Shelterbelt Theatre (Omaha, NE, USA), Globus Theatre (Bobcaygeon, Ontario, Canada), South Baldwin Community Theatre (Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA), Golden Thread Productions (San Francisco, CA, USA),Stark Naked Theatre Company (Houston, TX, USA), Hartke Theatre, Catholic University of America (Washington DC, USA), Sterling Theatre Company (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), HERE Arts Center (New York, New York, USA), Tarrant Actors Regional Theatre (Fort Worth, TX, USA), Ivy Theatre Company (New York, NY, USA), Teatro Paraguas (Santa Fe, NM, USA), Keluarga Teater (South Jakarta, DKI Jakarta, Indonesia), The Catastrophic Theatre (Houston, TX, USA), La Boite Theatre Company (Kelvin Grove Village, Queensland, Australia), The English Theatre of Rome (Rome, Italy), Langham Theatrical Company (Langham, Saskatchewan, Canada), The Road Theatre Company (North Hollywood, CA, USA), Latino Theater Company/Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC) (Los Angeles, CA, USA), Theatre Inconnu (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada), Longacre Lea (Washington, DC, USA), Theatre Passe Muraille (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), Luna Stage (West Orange, NJ, USA), Ujima Theatre Company (Buffalo, NY, USA), Manbites Dog Theater (Durham, NC, USA), WaterTower Theatre (Addison, TX, USA), Månteatern (Lund, Sweden), Windy City Playhouse (Chicago, IL, USA.

*Highlighted theaters are repeat recipients.

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Celebration Video | The 50/50 Seasons of the 2015 Recipients




DATE:  May 15, 2015



CONTACT
Name: Elana Gartner or Kris Bauske
Phone: 01-407-461-7627
Email: awards@womenplaywrights.org
Web address:  http://www.womenplaywrights.org

2015 50/50 Applause Award Nomination Window Closes A Week From Today!

(The World) – The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) is currently accepting nominations for its prestigious annual award, the ICWP 50/50 Applause Award.  The award, now in its fourth year, increases awareness and honors theatres which produced a 2014/15 season with an equal or greater number of plays written by female playwrights.

The nomination window for the 2014/15 theatrical season closes May 22, 2015.  Requirements for eligibility for the award are listed on our web page:  http://www.womenplaywrights.org/award  Please, contact us if you need translation Awards@womenplaywrights.org 

ICWP wants to acknowledge every theatre that has achieved gender parity in the 2014/15 season. To do so, we need your help. Please share this information with your theatre friends and colleagues the world over.  Only one week left before nominations close for another year. With the percentage of produced plays written by women being as low as they’ve ever been, it’s more important than ever to acknowledge those organizations that are finding great plays by women to include on their stages. ICWP needs your help!

For information on 2013/14 recipients go to http://www.womenplaywrights.org/50-50-applause-awards-2014


ABOUT ICWP
Established in 1989, The International Centre for Women Playwrights is an organization that exists to bring attention to the achievements of women playwrights and to provide a place for peer support, knowledge-sharing, and play publication.  It is the goal of ICWP to enable women playwrights to have their plays professionally produced on the major stages of world theatres and to receive just recompense for their efforts.  When the numbers are no longer tragically skewed against women, we will no longer be needed.  We work for that day!
http://www.womenplaywrights.org





May 2, 2015


The Globe and Mail is featuring this article on gender equity in the theater on the cover of their Arts section this weekend.  Written by Marsha Lederman, the article mentions ICWP's 50/50 Applause Award and quotes Co-Chair, Kris Bauske.
Read the full article here:


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DATE:  May 1, 2015


Contact Name: Elana Gartner or Kris Bauske
Phone: 01-407-461-7627
Email: awards@womenplaywrights.org
Web address:  http://www.womenplaywrights.org

2015 50/50 Applause Award Nominations Now Being Accepted!

(The World) – The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) is proud to announce the nomination window for its prestigious annual award, the ICWP 50/50 Applause Award, is now open!  The award, now in its fourth year, increases awareness and honors theatres which produced a 2014/15 season with an equal or greater number of plays written by female playwrights.

The nomination window for the 2014/15 theatrical season (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015) will remain open until May 22, 2015.  Requirements for eligibility for the award are listed on our web page:  http://www.womenplaywrights.org/award  Please contact us if you need translation Awards@womenplaywrights.org 

On an international average, women playwrights are only produced between 18-25% of the time, but we know there are theaters trying to achieve gender parity. Last year, ICWP was thrilled to recognize 67 theaters in 9 countries, and those numbers have increased every year. With your help, the award committee expects those numbers to increase again. Share this information so we can applaud those pioneers who are taking a stand on behalf of women playwrights everywhere. Nominate early and often!

For information on 2013/14 recipients go to http://www.womenplaywrights.org/50-50-applause-awards-2014

Want to be inspired?  Watch our 2014 celebration video http://www.womenplaywrights.org/award-video

ABOUT ICWP
Established in 1989, The International Centre for Women Playwrights is an organization that exists to bring attention to the achievements of women playwrights and to provide a place for peer support, knowledge-sharing, and play publication.  It is the goal of ICWP to enable women playwrights to have their plays professionally produced on the major stages of world theatres and to receive just recompense for their efforts.  When the numbers are no longer tragically skewed against women, we will no longer be needed.  We work for that day! http://www.womenplaywrights.org




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DATE:  April 24, 2015

CONTACT
Name: Elana Gartner or Kris Bauske
Phone: 01-407-461-7627

Email:
awards@womenplaywrights.org
Web address: 
http://www.womenplaywrights.org

50/50 Applause Award Accepting 2015 Nominations May 1, 2015!

(The World) – Today, the International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) announces the nomination window for its prestigious annual award: The ICWP 50/50 Applause Award will open in one short week!  The award, now in its fourth year, increases
awareness and honors theatres which produced a 2014/15 season with an equal or greater number of plays written by female
playwrights.

The nomination period for the 2014/15 theatrical season runs from May 1–22, 2015.  Requirements for eligibility for the award are
listed on this web page:
 
http://www.womenplaywrights.org/award  Please, contact us if you need translation Awards@womenplaywrights.org 

We anticipate an overwhelming response this year, so please start your research now, and be ready to nominate deserving theaters
May 1st!  A button for accessing the nominating form will go live on our website at that time.  Share this info will all your theater
friends far and near.  We want to see even more theaters in even more countries receive the 50/50 Applause Award this season.  You
help make it possible!


For information on 2013/14 recipients go to
http://www.womenplaywrights.org/50-50-applause-awards-2014


ABOUT ICWP
Established in 1989, The International Centre for Women Playwrights is an organization that exists to bring attention to the achievements of women playwrights and to provide a place for peer support, knowledge-sharing, and play publication.  It is the goal of ICWP to enable women playwrights to have their plays professionally produced on the major stages of world theatres and to receive just recompense for their efforts.  When the numbers are no longer tragically skewed against women, we will no longer be needed.  We work for that day!
http://www.womenplaywrights.org

 

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DATE:  April 10, 2015

CONTACT
Name: Elana Gartner or Kris Bauske
Phone: 01-407-461-7627
Email:
awards@womenplaywrights.org
Web address  
http://www.womenplaywrights.org

50/50 Applause Award for Theatres Recognizing Women Around the Globe

(The World) – Today, the International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) announces the nomination window for its prestigious annual award: The ICWP 50/50 Applause Award is about to open!  The award, now in its fourth year, increases awareness and honors theatres who produced a 2014/15 season with an equal or greater number of plays written by female playwrights.

The nomination period for the 2014/15 theatrical season runs from May 1–22, 2015.  Eligibility requirements for the award are listed on this web page:   http://www.womenplaywrights.org/award  Please, contact us if you need translation.

2014/15 season awards will be announced in September 2015.  Theaters and artistic directors may self-nominate.  The public is encouraged to nominate any theater which meets the criteria for the award, and we ask you to share this information with your theater friends everywhere in the world!  Start verifying information now, and be ready to submit when the nomination window opens May 1st!

For information on 2013/14 recipients go to http://www.womenplaywrights.org/50-50-applause-awards-2014



ABOUT ICWP
Established in 1989, The International Centre for Women Playwrights is an organization that exists to bring attention to the achievements of women playwrights and to provide a place for peer support, knowledge-sharing, and play publication.  It is the goal of ICWP to enable women playwrights to have their plays professionally produced on the major stages of world theatres and to receive just recompense for their efforts.  When the numbers are no longer tragically skewed against women, we will no longer be needed.  We work for that day!
http://www.womenplaywrights.org


Previous Press Releases

2014

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DATE:  May 1, 2014


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CONTACT:  

Name: Elana Gartner/Kris Bauske

Phone: 01-407-461-7627

Email: awards@womenplaywrights.org

web address  http://www.womenplaywrights.org

 

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.  

http://www.womenplaywrights.org  

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DATE:  April 24, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:  

Name: Elana Gartner/Kris Bauske
Phone: 01-407-461-7627
Email: awards@womenplaywrights.org
Web address: http://www.womenplaywrights.org

ICWP 50/50 Applause Award for Play Writing Gender Parity
Nominations Open May 1st

(The World) – The excitement is building as the International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) is about to start accepting all nominations for its 50/50 Applause Award for the 2013-2014 theatrical season (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014). Nominations open May 1st and will continue to be accepted during the first three weeks in May.

Eligibility is based on 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, 2013 – June 30, 2014 window must be the work of female playwrights.
  • Theatres may not have the sole development of works for women as their main mission statement.

For the first time, the public is invited to nominate theatres for this award.

Once nominated, theaters will be asked to provide information confirming eligibility, and a committee of volunteers will verify that information. Complete award criteria are listed on this web page. http://www.womenplaywrights.org/award

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. http://www.womenplaywrights.org


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DATE:  April 17, 2014

CONTACT
Name: Elana Gartner or Kris Bauske
Phone: 01-407-461-7627
Email: awards@womenplaywrights.org
Web address  http://www.womenplaywrights.org

50/50 Applause Award for Theatres Around the Globe

(The World) – The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) announces the opportunity to nominate theatres for the prestigious third annual ICWP 50/50 Applause Award.  The award honors theatres and artistic directors who produced at least an equal number of female playwrights in ratio to male playwrights during their 2013/14 season.

The nomination period for the 2013-2014 theatrical season runs from May 1–21, 2014.  Criteria are listed on this web page.   http://www.womenplaywrights.org/award

The 2013-2014 season awards will be announced in September 2014.  Theatres and artistic directors may self-nominate.  The public is encouraged to nominate any theatre which meets the criteria for the award.

For information on winners for 2012-13 go to http://www.womenplaywrights.org/50-50-award-details-2012-13

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.  It is the goal of ICWP to enable more women playwrights to have their plays professionally produced on the major stages of world theatres and to receive just recompense for their efforts.
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DATE: March 29, 2014
CONTACT: Name: Jennifer Munday
Email: press@womenplaywrights.org
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Funny Women Playwriting Contest Winner Announced

WOMEN ARE FUNNY! The facts are in…
An international playwriting competition has delivered the verdict⎯Women are Funny.

Jacqueline Goldfinger & Jennifer MacMillan proved the point as the inaugural winner of a collaborative project between The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) and Playscripts Inc. Their co-written one-act play for High School students, Enter Bogart, attracts a $1,000 prize, a year membership of ICWP, and publication of the playscript.

The competition was for women playwrights, a move that both organisations are making as one way to redress the gender balance in the world of theatre.  Playscripts received all the entries and ICWP judged the finalists with an international panel of judges.

Enter Bogart out-tickled two plays that received ‘honourable mentions’: What Not To Do At The Districts by Samara Siskind and Ella's Magic Garden by Shirley King, who were the runners up in this years competition. Winner Jacqueline, is a co-founder of The Foundry, which is an organization that supports the development of emerging playwrights. Jennifer is a professional actor, director, and theater educator. Enter Bogart is the first play that she's written

The competition forges a positive relationship between Playscripts, Inc and ICWP as both have a mission is to make available new plays with diverse voices.

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Hilarious New Play at Bonanza Village Playhouse Sends Shockwaves Through Community When It is Revealed to be Written by a Woman


Bonanza, OR –  Audience members that had been rolling in the aisles at Saturday night’s premiere of Aunt Gertie’s Road Trip were stunned into silence when local mother Dana O’Malley took the stage after the 6th curtain call and claimed credit for penning the play.


“I don’t know what to think,” said Bonanza Councilwoman Mandy Heller. “I’ve read those thoughtful articles by Christopher Hitchens and Adam Carolla and they all say women aren’t funny. But during the scene where Aunt Gertie gets stranded at the top of the Washington Monument, I almost fell out of my chair.  Could Adam Carolla be wrong?”


Other patrons felt equally perplexed. “I knew the play was written by a Dana,” said business owner, George Sherman. “I just assumed it was a boy-Dana.” Walter Johnson, long-time Bonanza resident, offered another theory, “I think it actually
was a boy-Dana.”


The success of the Bonanza production calls into question the veracity of countless studies and Yahoo Answers that, until now, most people accepted as fact. Long time humor experts, Peter Chen and Jim Polaski, stand by their research, however. “Over the years, we’ve shown over 1,000 subjects clips of male and female comedians,” said Chen. “Chris Rock, Meryl Streep, Jerry Seinfeld, Hillary Clinton…Each time, we hope for different results, but everybody laughs harder at the guys.”


Playscripts, Inc. and the International Center for Women Playwrights have joined forces to figure out if what happened in Bonanza could possibly be a global trend. The Are Women Funny? One-Act Play Contest invites playwrights who:


a) are women

b) think they might be funny


to submit large cast, one-act comedies ideal for performance by high school students. The winning play will be published by Playscripts and promoted throughout the world. “If there are more Dana O’Malleys out there, we want to find them.” said a Playscripts representative. “Our goal is to connect those fresh, funny, females voices with the next generation of theater makers.”

Detailed contest information can be found on the Playscripts, Inc. blog. http://blog.playscripts.com/blog/


Contact

Lane Bernes, Playscripts, Inc. Marketing Director

lbernes@playscripts.com

1-866-639-7529 ext 88


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