My History in Gender Parity
Sidenote: This is my first blog in a while because I updated my website! I'm still building out my portfolio, but please tell me what you think!
I don’t exactly remember when I started working towards gender parity in theatre. I’ve always been surrounded by and worked with women in my industry, so I never saw the disparity until I saw the stats.
Specifically, I saw the study that Ella Martin and The LA FPI (Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative) compiled that showed how truly dire it was for womxn playwrights. I met with Jennie Webb in 2010 and soon after took charge of bringing their message and community to Facebook and Twitter.
We also strategized an intensive collaboration with all the #fringefemmes at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, including cross-promotion, reviews, features, listings, meetups and awards. Perhaps because at Fringe, everyone with the right spirit understands that only by working together can we build audiences and feeling competitive is not very helpful, those promotions really took off and continue eight years later.
Those folx introduced me to the artist Susan diRende, who founded the Broad Humor Film Festival, as well as Debbie Bolsky and Laurel Wetzork, who went on to found The Athena Cats. Both of these grassroots organizations were dedicated to offering womxn creators a place to be seen, be treated equitably and grow their network.
It will probably come as no surprise, then, when I announce my newest consulting collaborators. I’ll share the exciting news soon!
Until then, here's an Instagram tease.