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Past Conferences

The Women in Theatre Conference launched in 2016 as a means of drawing attention to the continued need for parity within the field and to provide an avenue for engagement amongst women professionals and students in the theatre. Features of the conference, including keynote addresses, workshops, play readings, and networking sessions have evolved over the years. These elements and the focus of each conference is decided by a volunteer steering committee comprised of theatre artists and educators with leadership provided by Rep Stage. If you are interested in lending your voice to future conferences, please contact Grace Anastasiadis at Rep Stage. GAnastasiadis@howardcc.edu.

  • 2019 "The Power of Engagement" was held on August 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The conference featured keynote speaker, Maria Manuela Goyanes; a speed networking session; a portfolio expo; and play readings, showcasing the winners of a 10-minute play contest. The theme, The Power of Engagement, was be explored throughout the day, including numerous opportunities for networking and reflection.
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  • 2018 "Empowerment and Connection" encompassed both the original mission of the conference to provide an opportunity for women theatre practitioners to network with one another with the urgent need for women to develop strategies that further the cause of gender equality . The keynote speaker was DC-based actor and activist, Erika Rose.
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  • 2017 "Balance and Connection" included topics of interest to women in all fields of theatrical production including theatre educators, playwrights, performers, designers, and administrators. The day included break-out sessions on various topics in addition to a keynote address by Caleen Jennings; Professor of Theatre, American University.
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  • 2016 "Challenge and Connection": The inaugural conference provided a unique opportunity for women in theatre, from professionals to students, to share experiences and expertise. The day included workshop sessions on diverse topics such as new models of theatre and work/life balance. Keynote addresses were presented by playwright/director Jennifer Nelson and National New Play Network executive director Nan Barnett.
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