A Message from the ICWP Board of Directors
Black History Month
Black History Month has been celebrated in the United States every February since 1969. More recently, the tradition has spread around the globe to countries including Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands and the UK.
This year, Black History Month feels like a new beginning. The tragic events of 2020 have taught us that everyone must confront and overcome the culture of racism that persists within our communities. Our annual celebration of Black History Month has become an opportunity for people worldwide to educate themselves. However, we believe that the month of February should not be the only time we recognize Black history.
Recognition of the Ancestors is a representation of the Black Family, the cornerstone of African American Culture. Black Americans and People of Color identity is rooted in diversity. Knowledge of Black Americans' history empowers Black people to embrace their heritage. We at ICWP understand that it is a source of strength for the Black community. We are proud to have Black leadership and members within our organization.
Honoring Black History Month should not negate the tyranny and oppression of Black communities worldwide. Instead, we choose to celebrate the shared heritage and work as a united front to eradicate suppression, injustice, social/economic, and educational inequality globally.
To honor our black and womxn of color members, ICWP has initiated the following programs this year:
Upcoming Groups & Workshops
The International Centre for Women Playwrights connects, inspires, and empowers women playwrights to achieve equity on the world stages.
ICWP publishes anthologies of plays, monologues, and scenes by members and non-members.
The volume "Scenes From A Diverse World " offers college drama teachers, educators and students a rich source of scripts on unusual topics that will challenge and delight.
The volume is a 600+ page international collection of 73 scenes from plays about diversity – stories of under-represented cultural minorities.
It contains extracts for two or three characters, authored by female playwrights from many countries including Australia, Canada, Croatia, India, Italy, Indonesia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Sweden, UK and USA.
50/50 Applause Award
From 2012 - 2018 ICWP honoured theatres around the world who used their budgets fairly to represent the work of female playwrights on their stages at least 50% of the time.
The 62 recipients of the 2018 awards are found throughout Australia, Canada, Finland, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, United States, and Wales.
View the 50/50 Applause Awards 2018 videowhich showcases photos from over twenty theaters and production photos from a selection of their female authored plays.
ICWP maintains a searchable database of scripts written by women for stage, screen, TV, radio & musicals. As of 1 Jan 2019, there are over 900 plays listed.
Artistic Directors, Producers, actors, and students can find information about exciting original plays in this extensive database.
Contributions help us keep our database alive, and freely available to all women playwrights around the world.
Women playwrights and scriptwriters worldwide are invited to list their works free of charge. We encourage writers to register with ICWP as a member, but it's not required.
Why Join ICWP?
"I am an emerging playwright. I joined ICWP five years ago as I wrote my first play while nursing and raising my two young children. I was, and continue to be, a lone writer, with only my dramatic associations to guide me. Important things I have learned, among other things on this site, are: how women playwrights are still vastly underrepresented in theater, how others submit, how plays are produced, submission etiquette, the distinction b/w a guild and a union, what my rights are as a writer, and most importantly, that a group of people dedicated to one purpose is an invaluable resource to a woman writing alone."
- Stephanie Rae