Supporting creative work by women
After the maelstrom over the decision not to award the Wasserstein Prize, Victoria Bailey, the administrator of the prize, announced Monday that the committee would return to the drawing board and start the selection process over with the 19 female playwright nominees. Patrick Healy of the New York Times writes about the panel’s change of heart after the passionate pleas from the theater community.
A big thank you to Michael Lew for calling attention to this issue. His open letter kickstarted the petition, the Facebook campaigns and even our suggestions for supporting female playwrights.
Since Friday, the outpouring of support for female playwrights has been overwhelming. Let’s keep this momentum going, turning our pleas and ideas into reality. While it’s great news that the Wasserstein Prize may be awarded after all, there are still mountains to climb.
According to the articles about the Wasserstein Prize, this year the nominators could only muster 19 eligible playwrights. They clearly aren’t looking hard enough. Help to gather a more complete list of eligible writers:
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