Welcome to WomenArts!

WomenArts works to empower an international community of women artists and allies by sharing news about inspiring arts projects and opportunities, and by facilitating the annual world-wide Support Women Artists Now (SWAN) celebrations in March and April.

We dream about what will happen as more and more women artists gain the resources they need to express their creativity fully. We are convinced that they will change the world.”

Martha Richards
WomenArts Founder & Executive Director

Martha Richards

Our Mission & Values

WomenArts is a worldwide community of artists and allies that works for empowerment, opportunity, and visibility for women artists. We provide a variety of free online networking, fundraising and advocacy services, and we organize Support Women Artists Now Day (SWAN Day), an annual international holiday celebrating women’s creativity in all its forms. We believe in the power of women artists to create, connect, and change the world.


WomenArts (incorporated as The Fund for Women Artists) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) arts service organization dedicated to helping women artists get the resources they need to do their creative work. Created in 1994 by Martha Richards, the organization has raised over $4 million and created a website that provides free networking, fundraising and advocacy services to over 500,000 visitors a year.

WomenArts was known as The Fund for Women Artists and was based in Northampton, Massachusetts from 1994 to 2007. It moved to San Francisco, California in August 2007. The archives of its early grant proposals and other source materials about women artists are included in the Sophia Smith Collection of Women’s History Manuscripts at the Smith College Library.(http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc

The WomenArts Arts & Social Justice Project

San Francisco Women's Building

The San Francisco Women’s Buildingcommissioned this mural to inspire women with images of our history and collective wisdom.

The Harmony Project is a bold new addition to WomenArts’ ongoing efforts to bring the full power of women’s creativity to the struggle for women’s rights and social justice.

To create lasting social change, the women’s movement needs to shift firmly entrenched attitudes that are not entirely rational. Facts and figures are not enough to win the battles for equal pay, reproductive rights, more education, political power, or an end to violence. We need to reach people’s hearts as well as their minds.

Artists know how to do this, and there are many women artist-activists who are looking for ways to increase their impact.

Women’s Employment in the Arts


Women are creating some of the most exciting and challenging art in the United States today. And yet, despite great strides in other fields and a few high-visibility success stories, women continue to face enormous employment discrimination in the arts and media.

WomenArts is dedicated to educating the public about the continuing problems of gender bias in the arts. Not only do women suffer by being shut out, but the culture as a whole is poorer when it is deprived of the vision and creativity of women artists.

We have listed some helpful studies and links to other organizations working in these areas below.

Women’s Employment in Theatre

7 Steps to Achieving Gender Parity by Martha Richards

7 Steps to Achieving Gender Parity
Womenarts organized an international summit on gender parity in Toronto in April 2015 in collaboration with New York’s Women in the Arts and Media Coalition and Canada’s Equity in Theatre.  In this article for American Theatre, WomenArts Executive Director Martha Richards reports on the summit and the seven strategies for gender parity that were discussed.  Read more>>

Achieving Gender Parity: The 100 Women Plan by Martha Richards

Achieving Gender Parity: The 100 Women Plan
In this article for Howlround, WomenArts Executive Director Martha Richards asks what would happen if the gender parity movement could provide 100 women with $100,000 each to work full-time on increasing opportunities for women in theatre.  She argues that if our movement to succeed, we need to find ways to fund it adequately.  Read more>>

Los Angeles Female Playwright’s Initiative (LA F.P.I.)

L.A. Female Playwrights Initiative Survey & Study
The Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative conducted a study of plays produced in Los Angeles between 2000 and 2009 and found that only 20% were written by women, even though local playwrights associations report that 45% of their members are women. Also, no women playwrights were nominated for Ovation, Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle or LA Weekly Awards for their work in 2010. Read more>>

Chicago Storefront Summit: Gender Equity Report
Chicago Storefront Summit: Gender Equity Report
The Chicago Storefront Summit issued a report indicating that only 18.8% of plays produced in Chicago in 2009 were written by one woman or a group of women. Even if plays were included that had at least one woman contributor in a group of male and female writers, women were only represented in 30% of the plays produced. 70% of the plays had no women writers involved. Read more>>


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Theatre – Women’s Companies/Festivals

Women’s Theatre Companies (U.S. & Canada)

Airmid Theatre Company

Tricia McDermott, Producing Artistic Director/Founder
804 Hampshire Road
Bay Shore, NY 11706
Phone: (631) 704-2888
Email:  info@airmidtheatre.org
Website:  www.airmidtheatre.org

And Toto Too Theatre Company

Susan Lyles, Executive Director
P.O. Box 12192
Denver, CO 80212
Phone: (720) 583-3975
Email: info@andtototoo.org
Website: www.andtototoo.org

Arizona Women’s Theatre Company

6501 E. Greenway Parkway
Suite 103, PMB 338
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Phone: (602) 738-4597
Email: info@azwtc.org
Website: http://www.azwtc.org/

Artemesia, A Chicago Theatre

Julie Proudfoot, Artistic Director
27 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 435
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 714-9458
Email: artemisiatheatre@gmail.com
Website: www.artemisiatheatre.org/

Babes With Blades

Amy Harmon, Managing Director
Chicago, IL
Phone: (773) 904-0391
Email: Business@BabesWithBlades.org
Website: http://www.BabesWithBlades.org

Bombshell Productions

30-31 Hobart Street, #F5O
Woodside, NY 11377
Phone: 212-591-0179
Email: wendelin@bombshellproductions.com
Website: http://bombshellproductions.tv/

Brava! For Women in the Arts

Anastacia (Stacie) Powers Cuellar, Executive Director
2781 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: (415) 641-7657
Email: info@brava.org
Website: www.brava.org

Echo Theatre

P.O. Box 820698
Dallas, TX 75382
Phone: (214) 904-0500
Email: mail@echotheatre.org
Website: www.echotheatre.org

Ivy Theatre

West Hollywood, CA
This theater has been inactive since 2006.
The website is also inactive. For a brief history of The Ivy Theatre, click here

Live Girls! Theatre Company

Seattle, WA
Website: http://lgtheater.org/

The Looking Glass Theatre

New York, NY
Email: admin@lookingglasstheatrenyc.com
Website: www.thelookingglasstheatre.homestead.com

MACHA Theatre Company

Mujeres (Women) Advancing, Culture, History & Art is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was formed in 2000 in order to build social, cultural, and artistic bridges between the straight and gay communities of various ethnicities and provide the LGBTI community a sense of belonging.

MACHA Theatre Co.
1107 N. Kings Road
West Hollywood CA.90069
Email: machatheatre@aol.com 
Website: www.machatheatre.org

MaMa Mosaic

This website and theater both appear to be inactive.
Sha Cage, Founder
Minneapolis, MN
Email: info@truruts.com
Website: www.myspace.com/mamamosaictheater

Mask and Rose Women’s Theater Collective

Bemidji, MN
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mask-Rose-Womens-Theater-Collective

New George’s

109 West 27th Street, Suite 9A
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (646) 336-8077
Email: info@newgeorges.org
Website: www.newgeorges.org

Nightwood Theatre

Nightwood Theatre (Business Office)
The Historic Distillery District
15 Case Goods Lane, Studio 306
Toronto ON M5A 3C4
Phone: (416) 944-1740 Ext. 5
Email: info@nightwoodtheatre.net
Website: www.nightwoodtheatre.net

Nora’s Playhouse

Artistic Director: Caroline Reddick Lawson
P.O. Box 21597
Brooklyn, NY 11202
Email: norasplayhouse@gmail.com
Website: www.norasplayhouse.org

Nora Theatre Company

c/o Central Square Theater
450 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: (617) 576-9278 Ext. 202
Email: info@thenora.org
Website: www.centralsquaretheater.org

Potluck Productions

Kansas City, MO
Phone: 816-523-5038
Email: talk_to_us@kcpotluckproductions.com
Website: http://www.kcstage.com/?a=TheatInfo&op=View&theatid=62&...

Red Hen Productions

P.O. Box 91926
Cleveland, Ohio 44101
Phone: (216) 661-4301
Email: redhen@logan.com

Renaissance Theaterworks

Julie Swenson, Artistic Director
158 N. Broadway
Milwaukee, WI  53202
Phone: (414) 273-0800
Email: jswenson@r-t-w.com
Website: www.r-t-w.com

Stockyards Theatre Project

Francesca Peppiatt, Producing Artistic Director
6549 N Ashland, #1S
Chicago, IL 60626
Email: stockyards@stockyardstheatreproject.org
Website: http://www.stockyardstheatreproject.org/

Tennessee Women’s Theater Project

Maryanna Clarke, Founder and Artistic Director
P.O. Box 158525
Nashville, TN 37215-8525
Phone: (615) 681-7220
Email: maryanna@twtp.org
Website: www.twtp.org

Theater Unbound

P.O. Box 6134
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Phone: (612) 721-1186
Email: info@theatreunbound.com
Website: www.theatreunbound.com

This Woman’s Work Theatre Co, Inc.

This website and theater both appear to be inactive.
P.O Box 20290 Greeley Sq. Station
New York, NY 10001-0003
Phone: (212) 502-8630
Email: thiswomansworktheatreco@hotmail.com
Website: http://this-womans-work.tripod.com

20% Theatre Company Chicago

Lindsay Bartlett, Artistic Director
Chicago, IL
Email:  info@twentypercentchicago.com
Facebook Page:  www.facebook.com/20Theatre
Website:  www.twentypercentchicago.com

20% Theatre Company Twin Cities

Claire H. Avitabile, Executive Artistic Director
5152 Aldrich Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55430
Phone: (612) 227-1188
Email: info@tctwentypercent.org
Website: www.tctwentypercent.org

Venus Theatre

21 C St.
Laurel, MD 20707
Phone: (202) 236-4078
On Facebook here
Email: go to Contact link from homepage
Website: www.venustheatre.org

Voice & Vision

Jean Wagner, Artistic Director
P.O.Box 331
520 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 268-3717
Email: voiceandvisioninc@gmail.com
Website: www.vandv.org

Women’s Expressive Theater

Sasha Eden, Artistic Director
441 Lexington Ave. PH
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 682-0265
Email: info@wetproductions.org
Website: www.wetproductions.org

Women’s Project and Productions

55 West End Avenue
New York, New York 10023
Phone: (212) 765-1706
Fax: (212) 765-2024
Email: info@womensproject.org
Website: www.womensproject.org

Women’s Theater Co.

The Parsippany Playhouse
1130 Knoll Road
Lake Hiawatha
Boonton, NJ 07005
Phone: (973) 316-3033
Email: info@womenstheater.org
Website: www.womenstheater.org

The Women’s Theatre Project

PO Box 276272
Boca Raton, FL 33427
Phone: (561) 705-0470
Email: womenstheatreproject@gmail.com
Website: www.womenstheatreproject.com

Women’s Theater Initiative

This theater group exists no longer, but you can read a little about it here.

WOW Theater Café

59-61 E 4th Street
New York, NY 10003
(between 2nd Ave. and the Bowery; 4th floor)
Phone: (917) 725-1482
Email: wowcafetheater@gmail.com
Website: www.wowcafe.org 
(A member of FABNYC.org)

Women’s Theatre Festivals (U.S. & Canada)

Boston Women on Top

Co-sponsored by Underground Railway Theatre and CentaStage

Boston Women On Top Website: 

Underground Railway Theatre’s contact info:
450 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: (617) 576-9278
Email:  dwise@undergroundrailwaytheater.org or
Website: centralsquaretheater.org/history_urt.html


Annual arts festival, a multi-week event in New York City including short plays, solo shows, music, visual art, dance, stand-up comedy, teen performances and support for African girls’ education.

Founding Producer: Fiona Jones
Executive Producers: Jen Thatcher & Malini Singh McDonald
Manhattan Theatre Source
Church St. Station
PO Box 2883
NY NY 10008-2883
Phone: (917) 830-5176
Email: estrogenius.festival@gmail.com
Website: estrogenius.org

Kansas City Women’s Playwriting Festival


Potluck Productions
Kansas City, MO
Phone: 816-523-5038
Email: talk_to_us@kcpotluckproductions.com
Website: http://www.kcstage.com/?a=TheatInfo&op=View&theatid=62&...

Groundswell Festival

For Canadian women playwrights, annual festival.

Nightwood Theatre (Business Office)
The Historic Distillery District
15 Case Goods Lane, Studio 306
Toronto ON M5A 3C4
Phone: (416) 944-1740, Ext. 5
Email: info@nightwoodthatre.net
Website: www.nightwoodtheatre.net

Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival

Los Angeles, CA. Submission-based annual theatre festival that takes place in late March.

Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival
11411 Cumpston St. #204
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Phone: (818) 760-0408
Email: lawtfspotlight@yahoo.com
Website: www.lawtf.com/

Mae West Fest

Seattle, WA
Note: Festival has been on temporary hiatus since 2008.
Full-lengths, one-acts, shorts, one-woman shows, comedy, drama,music and performance art. Held in July each year.
c/o Heidi Heimarck
320 Summit Avenue East #1
Seattle, WA 98102
Phone: (206) 498-3126
Email: heidi@maewestfest.org
Website: www.maewestfest.org/maehm.html

Women’s Performance Art Festival

Note: Festival appears to have been on temporary hiatus since 2010.
Stockyards Theatre Project
6167 N. Broadway, #357
Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: (312) 409-2641
Email: stockyards@stockyardstheatreproject.org
Website: http://www.stockyardstheatreproject.org/

Women’s Week New Play Festival

Annual competition for Emerging Playwrights, held in April.
Formerly run by the New Provincetown Players, who have now merged with Provincetown Repertory Theater:
Provincetown Repertory Theater
74 Shankpainter Road
Provincetown, MA 02657
Office: (508) 487-8673
Email: info@ptowntheater.org
Website: www.newprovincetownplayers.org

Flying Solo at Open Stage

223 Walnut Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone: (717) 232-OPEN (6736)
Website: www.openstagehbg.com

Women’s Playwriting Festival at Perishable Theater

Note: This festival appears to be no longer in existence.
Click here for information.

Additional Theatre Listings:

Jewish Women’s Theatre

521 Latimer Rd.
Santa Monica, CA 90402
Email: info@jewishwomenstheatre.org
Website: jewishwomenstheater.org/

Root Wy’man Theatre Company/ Sharon Bridgforth

The theater/company no longer exists, but there is info about it here.


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