Tag: League of Professional Theatre Women

Roundtable: Is Jesse Green the right choice for the New York Times?

[I am one voice among many in this article originally published by “Exeunt Staff” in Exeunt Magazine, April 10, 2017.] As yet another white man is hired to the most prestigious job in US theatre criticism, Exeunt’s New York writers ask when the conversation will really change.   After theater critic Charles Isherwood was fired,

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2016: excavation review themes

  After six annual marathons captured in “what Martha has seen” lists of theater and film adventuring (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), I’ve learned a few things. I’ve learned that sometimes theater gluttony can build personal knowledge but impede creative critical output. I’ve learned that it’s a great privilege to be among the frequent

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2016: excavation review

[featured image caption: Times Square. Screen capture from opening sequence of Babes on Broadway (1941).] Public performances in calendar year 2016, live or filmed, were many and thrilling. I viewed new talents and old familiars in large venues and intimate spaces. I wasn’t always thrilled with what I experienced, but I learned from each performance or

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2015: excavation review

The Sound of Music on film is 50 this year. Maria’s confidence is contagious. Writing and research and presentations filled this calendar year on a range of topics including the Yale Repertory Theatre, production photography and theater history, gender parity in theater, and arts programming interventions with young people involved in the criminal justice system. The year started out

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Theatrical Research: Percolating and Data

[article originally published in HowlRound, December 12, 2015.] I joined the first three hours of a December 3, 2015 all-day meeting on parity in theatre, involving some two dozen women, one man, and a multitude of organizations, initiatives, and publications that work on the topic. “P” words seem to rule in this work lately—“parity” and “performance”

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theatrical research: counting women and baselines for advocacy

Coverage of efforts to track the status of and advocate for the parity for women in theater, film and television continues unabated this fall. I summarized a few efforts and data snapshots that have been collected in a post a month ago. A group of power brokers in Hollywood have joined the call to track

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theatrical research: women count 2015

Over the past two years, I have collaborated with colleague Judith Binus at the League of Professional Theatre Women on a data project that joins a family of similar projects across the United States and elsewhere tracking the status of women in theater. With continuing regional data collection efforts from Washington DC to New England to Los Angeles

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2014: excavation review themes

Chance Magazine issue 3 subscriber cover title line. Issues 3 and 4 of Chance were completed, printed, and delivered to subscribers and newsstands in 2014. I have now accumulated four years of comprehensive listings of performance events (2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014) that took me into a performance space of one kind or another. The listings

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2014: excavation review

1951 session with Florence Vandamm (far right) and on stage (L-R) John Emery + Katharine Cornell + Brian Aherne in “The Constant Wife” — part of the 2013-2014 NYPL exhibit “Pioneering Poet of Light: Forence VanDamm & the Vandamm Studio” I’ve had a several-month hiatus from frequent writing posted here but have published frequently elsewhere and will

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mercedes ruehl: “all these things ride into town on your voice”

NYPL-PA + League of Professional Theatre Women: Mercedes Ruehl + Andrea Chapin New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center Bruno Walter Auditorium, 111 Amsterdam Avenue Monday January 13, 2014 at 6pm The Oral History project at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center recently held the

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