Plays In Progress is a unique program fostering new works by women playwrights.
Each Spring playwrights are invited to submit previously unproduced plays which are read and scored by a team of readers. One hundred and fifty plays were submitted from across the country. We are pleased to announce five winning scripts and playwrights. The Inside Child by Claire Caviglia will be presented as a table reading, Strong Face by Philana Omorotionmwan will be presented as a concert reading, and Mama’s Eggnog by Angela Stern, The Buddha’s Wife by Mary Poindexter McLaughlin, and The Golden Hour by Elizabeth Nelson will all receive workshop level productions during the Sixth Annual Athena Project Festival in March 2018. Learn more.
Women hold a higher number of leadership positions in theatres in the Rocky Mountain West when compared to overall theatres across the US.
Gender parity continues to be a significant issue across all social and economic sectors including the arts. Over the past several years multiple studies have been published examining the roles and participation of women in theatre across the United States. See the full survey here.
What’s the status of women working in theater in the Rocky Mountain region? That’s a question Angela Astle had.
Athena Project Founder and Executive Producer, Angela Astle spoke with Colorado Matters host Nathan Heffel this week about the gender gap in Rocky Mountain Regional Theaters. The Athena Project sponsored a study to get a better picture of the number of women directing, leading and getting produced in the local area. Listen to the Colorado Matters story.
Athena Project’s first annual Status of Women in Theatre in the Rocky Mountain Region survey found that people of color, and women of color in particular, are drastically underrepresented in both playwriting and positions of leadership.
Overall the Athena Project survey findings for the production of female playwrights across the Rocky Mountain Region falls in line with the findings of other studies. Women account for roughly 25% of the playwrights produced both nationally and within the Rocky Mountain Region. It is important to note that this number is significantly less for female playwrights of color.