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WBW Brief: January 17, 2017


A big week here in the United States. Yesterday, we celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the Civil Rights leader’s enduring legacy. On Friday, the presidential inauguration will be followed by Saturday’s Women’s March  on Washington as well as other demonstrations in other cities across the nation.

With everything swirling around, here’s a round-up of the latest news for women in film and theater.

Awards: The five finalists for the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History have been announced, according to Three of the finalists for the $100,000 prize are women–Lisa Loomer (Roe), Lynn Nottage (Sweat) and Paula Vogel (Indecent). Also, Lisa Kron took home one of the two 2017 Kleban Prizes for writing in musical theater, which is accompanied by $100,000. Story via The New York Times.

ICYMI: Howlround’s Where Are The Disappeared Women of Theatre? is a must read. Ireland’s Mothers Artists Makers receives its due. Read more here.

Statistics Don’t Lie: The incomparable Teresa Jusino reports on the dearth of speaking lines for women in the top-grossing films for The Mary Sue. Read the full article here.  And, Indiewire announces that the number of working female directors in Hollywood is on the decline. Read the full article here.

Profile: Wonderful look at M. Jenea Sánchez (pictured, performing piece Skinning to Whiten: Survival Mechanism) and her use of art and activism, via

Opportunity: The Princess Grace Theatre Awards. APPRENTICESHIPS and FELLOWSHIPS for artistic compensation for an individual artist (exclusive of benefits) nominated by a professional, non-profit theater company. Nominees may not have worked with the company for more than five years at the time of application. Please note, the strength of the partnership between the company and the artist is taken into serious consideration during the adjudication process. For more information and to apply, click here.


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