While female theatre artists make up over 50% of those involved in the theatre, why are so few female playwrights being produced? Why are so few female directors helming shows?
Going beyond the numbers, which we know are dismal, this conversation will address gender bias in the media and work to demystify why plays written by men are for everyone and are more likely to be produced, while plays written by women are see as only for women and are more likely to be developed. What's more, we'll feature next step approaches for playwrights to learn how to market their work and establish relationships with directors and theatre companies. With this in-depth, honest and passionate conversation, we hope to identity the impulses that lead to gender inequity in the theatre and work to construct a better, diverse and more inclusive vision for the future.
Panelists include Eleanor Holdridge (Freelance Director, Catholic University Head of MFA Directing Programs), Michael Dove (Artistic Director, Forum Theatre), and Helen Pafumi (Playwright and Artistic Director, The Hub Theatre).
The discussion is free, but seating is limited. Click here to reserve a ticket!
Meet the Moderator
Meet the Panelists
Michael Dove is the Artistic Director of Forum Theatre where he has produced 23 productions, garnering 9 Helen Hayes Award nominations. For Forum, Michael has directed Holly Down in Heaven (World Premiere), Church, Mad Forest, Scorched, Angels in America: Perestroika, Amazons and Their Men (co-directed with Elissa Goetschius), dark play or stories for boys, Marat/Sade, Antigone, Valparaiso, Rockaby and Rough for Radio (for the DC Beckett Centenary Festival), The Memorandum, Hamletmachine, and BECKETT: The Shorter Plays. His other credits include Side Man at 1st Stage, A View From the Bridge at Cape Fear Regional Theater; La Corbière at Solas Nua (co-directed with Linda Murray); Dated and The Relationship of Archibald and Amity for the Source Festival; The Water Engine and Metamorphoses at Montgomery College; Snow Angel for the Imagination Stage Conservatory; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at Anthem Connection; and the upcoming productions of 4000 Miles at Vermont Stage Company and Can I Really Date a Guy Who Wears a Yarmulke? at the JCCNV. Michael is also a theatre educator, was a panelist at the University of Maryland on Samuel Beckett, and co-wrote an adaptation of The Fatal Marksman, which was produced at James Madison University. Michael is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a member of the board of directors of theatreWashington.
Helen Pafumi is the Artistic Director and co-founder of The Hub Theatre. Since the Hub's inception Helen has produced several world premier plays, multiple area premiers, an annual free staged reading series and commissioned original work from area artists. Her original plays have been produced by The Hub, and been seen at the Kennedy Center's Page to Stage Festival. In addition to her role at The Hub, Helen works as an actor in many DC area theatres, including Folger Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Theatre J, Forum Theatre, Theatre Alliance, Rorschach Theatre, Keegan Theatre, The Inkwell, the Source Festival, and the Beckett Centenary Festival. She has appeared in numerous independent films and area commercials. Helen also does dialect coaching for George Mason University’s theatre program and coaches acting and public speaking. Helen holds a BA in Theatre from Virginia Tech. She has been nominated for a Helen Hayes Award in Outstanding New Play for her co-adaptation of Wonderful Life. She is the recipient of the Puffin Foundation Award and the Washington Canadian Partnership Award.
The Hub Theatre endeavors to produce work that highlights our common humanity, providing a theatrical experience that is at once challenging and inclusive. We strive to be the physical center of a dynamic circle of story, art, and community, to create the transcendent exchange unique to live theatre.