The 2014 International Centre for Women Playwrights 50/50 Applause Awards gives thunderous “Applause” to international theatre companies producing women playwrights!
Cleveland Public Theatre among those chosen for award
The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) has announced this year’s recipients of the 50/50 Applause Awards. The goal of the award is to recognize theater companies that produce 50% or more plays by women playwrights during their season. This year, the public was invited to nominate theatres around the world that they felt qualified. In all, 67 recipients from nine countries were picked 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.
While encouraging, ICWP none the less realizes that it is a long road to 50/50 status for all theaters. 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 book writers/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.”
In 1988, ICWP began with a mission to support women playwrights worldwide as well as bring much needed attention to their projects. The 50/50 award is an annual event with nominations carefully checked by a volunteer committee.
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 (Boston, MA, 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 (Dallas, 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), UC Santa Barbara, LaunchPad (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)