ANNOUNCING… WITS Game Changer Launch for Festival Fatale & the WITS on AustralianPlays.org showcase.
WITS on AustralianPlays.org – A New Showcase for Women Playwrights
On the eve of International Women’s Day Australianplays.org, in conjunction with WITS (Women in Theatre & Screen), will unveil a new showcase of work by Australian women playwrights.
WITS on Australianplays.org will highlight a collection of over five hundred playscripts amassed over nearly forty years. The online Showcase will feature the capacity to search for scripts written by women or containing significant and complex female roles.
Director of Australianplays.org Gail Cork said:
“Australianplays.org is delighted to be collaborating with WITS to highlight the extraordinary body of work by Australian women playwrights.
“Australianplays.org is the definitive online repository of Australian playscripts, featuring over 2,000 works. WITS on AustralianPlays.org makes that vast collection accessible in a brand new way that advances gender equity, an issue that the theatre sector has struggled for years to address.
‘When this collaboration between Australianplays.org and WITS was first suggested we immediately recognised it as an idea whose time had come.”
WITS spokesperson Matilda Ridgway said:
“The WITS on AustralianPlays.org database is a tool for vigilance. For promoting female playwrights, promoting stories that have a significant and complex female experience at their heart, and promoting plays that have great roles for female actors.
“We hope it leads to a richer and more diverse theatre ecology and to true parity for Australian women writers for performance.”
See the database here: http://australianplays.org/wits/welcome
Festival Fatale – Making HERstory
On the eve of International Women’s Day, Women in Theatre and Screen (WITS) proudly announce WITS will produce a two-day women’s theatre festival, Festival Fatale, in October at the Eternity Playhouse, supported by Darlinghurst Theatre Company and Creative Partnerships Australia through the Match Program.
The festival will include main-stage performances, cabarets, play readings and workshops by female-driven independent theatre companies. All programmed writing will be by women and all leading protagonists on stage will be women.
Festival Fatale comes as a response to the gender gap in Australian theatre company’s 2016 Seasons, where roughly 30 per cent of women make up the writer and director creative teams. The festival attempts to bridge that gap by showcasing groundbreaking, relevant and significant work by women.
“WITS want to demonstrate that by not providing women with equal opportunity, Sydney audiences have been missing out on experiencing women tackle the human condition in the theatre in a complex, challenging and significant way,” festival director and co-founder of WITS Lizzie Schebesta said. “We hope that ‘Festival Fatale’ will excite and encourage other theatre companies to follow our lead in programing significant female content for their audiences.”
In order to raise required funds for the festival, WITS has launched a Pozible campaign, asking the Australian theatre community to put their money where the women are and pledge today: http://www.pozible.com/project/204514.
WITS is a Sydney-based arts collective fighting to ensure that women are represented equally and with integrity across all creative fields in the theatre and screen industries in Australia. Founded in October 2015, WITS works to steer energy and resources towards positive advocacy and support for women in the industry, as seen in their Think Tank events previously hosted at the Seymour Centre, Belvoir and Carriageworks.
FESTIVAL FATALE IS PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY
INVITATION TO MEDIA LAUNCH:
Monday, March 7th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Equity Courtyard MEAA, 245 Chalmers Street, Redfern NSW
RSVP BY 2PM MONDAY 7 MARCH 2016 RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Australianplays.org: Gail Cork 0412 106774
WITS rep: Matilda Ridgway: 0433 753583
Media and Publicity: Maryann Wright: 0414 621 917