History Matters/Back to the Future promotes the study and production of women’s plays of the past in colleges and universities and theatres throughout the country and encourages responses to those plays from contemporary women playwrights. Scenes by Historic Women Playwrights: Read by Luminaries of the Stage is their inaugural event and is featured as part of the 2012 Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) annual conference.
The Women and Theatre Program is a self-incorporated division ATHE. Founded in 1974, their mission is to bring theater professionals together with academics and activists. Also, WTP, in collaboration with ATHE, sponsors the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award. The continuing goal of WTP is to enable feminist inquiry and to provide opportunities for discussion between those who teach, perform, and theorize about feminism, theatre, and performance.
The aforementioned luminaries of the stage are acclaimed New York-based actors Kathleen Chalfant, Maryann Plunkett and Tamara Tunie.