Theatre directors and organisers of playwriting contests report that, in general, they receive twice as many play submissions from male playwrights as female playwrights.
What does ICWP do?
Provides advice on craft and business aspects of playwriting via a Listserv. Provides peer-to-peer advice on works in progress via a Script Feedback Group. Advises members of Play Submission Opportunities. Publicises the achievements of members. Encourages and achieves more script submissions by its members. Runs a quarterly 3-minute play writing contest for members. Publishes articles about women in theatre. Publishes a quarterly Newsletter. Maintains a database of works by women playwrights.
In the Past
Provided small grants to allow members to attend international and national conferences. Organised week-long retreats where members developed new scripts. Published plays and scenes from plays by female dramatists. Partnered with Playscripts - one of the largest play script publishers to publish plays by winners of a playwriting contest for a comedy play for high schools. Assisted Members to mount staged readings of works by women. Brought global attention to Gender Equity in theatre issues by giving Awards to Theatres around the world which produced the plays of women playwrights at least 50% of their season. Collaborated on Readings Series of works by women.
The International Centre for Women Playwrights is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting women playwrights around the world.