Another week in the theatre, another Twitter event! This past Monday, the 17th, there was a, shall we call it a symposium? Here, I'll let Elissa Goetschius explain:
Monday night I attended the first session of The Summit, a series of discussions led by Washington Post reviewer Peter Marks and hosted by Arena Stage. This night was made up of a panel of artistic directors including Molly Smith (Arena), Eric Schaeffer (Signature), Paul Tetreault (Ford’s), Ryan Rilette (Round House), and Paata Tsikurishvili (Synetic). Michael Kahn (Shakespeare) was initially slated to attend but ended up double-booked and spent the evening at his own theatre interviewing Patti LuPone.
Ilana Brownstein compiled the Twitter comments through Storify. You can catch up there. There were so many responses that I wanted to compile them into one spot so people can find them and join in the conversation. If there are more that you've found, please list them in the comments. GO FORTH AND READ!
"The Role of the Theatre Critic" by Wendy Rosenfield
"Arts Education Won't Save Us from Boring, Inaccessible Theater" by Mike Lew
"Season Programming and Personal Agency" by Brett Steven Abelman
"#TheSummit: Vancouver Stats" by Lois Dawson
"Climbing the Summit" by Elissa Goetschius
"Artistic Directors Show the World Their White-Guy Binders, Twitter Explodes in Their Faces" by Brendan Kiley
A List of Women Playwrights! compiled by Christine Evans
Also, I'll crack open my own personal playwright binders (my binders are not gender specific) and list some women playwrights I know personally (in no particular order).