About Us


Following the enormous artistic and cooperative success of our first Festival in 2015, the Women’s Voices Theater Festival will return Winter of 2018 in January and February, with the continued mission of highlighting both the scope of plays being written by women, and the range of professional theater being produced in and around the nation’s capital.

Led by the area's premiere theaters, including Arena Stage, Ford's Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre, Round House Theatre, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, the 2018 Festival will advance this mission with unprecedented collaboration across the D.C. artistic community, with an expected 30 professional theaters producing plays by some of the nation’s most talented and innovative female and female-identifying playwrights. While the 2015 Festival was limited to world premieres only, the 2018 Festival will include second and third productions of works by female playwrights, nationwide Festival-related activities, and a variety of events for theater-makers and theater-lovers from across the country.

Festival History

Presenting 52 world-premiere plays by female playwrights at more than 50 theaters, the 2015 Festival successfully expanded an important conversation about gender parity in theater and sparked new thinking in season planning beyond the Festival. Heralded as “inspired” by The Washington Post and “an energizing showcase” by The New York Times, it showcased the impressive breadth of local artists and companies, generating interest and dialogue on a national level.

Read more about the 2015 Festival:
Playbill.com: "We Want to Start a National Movement" Say the Founders of the Women's Voices Theater Festival 
The New York Times: Women's Voices Theater Festival in Washington is an Energizing Showcase 
The Washington Post: Putting Women in the Spotlight: New festival showcases female playwrights at 45 D.C.-area Theaters 
American Theatre: The Unsung Gender Parity Warriors

Originating Theatres

Arena Stage: Artistic Director, Molly Smith; Executive Director, Edgar Dobie
Ford’s Theatre: Director, Paul R. Tetreault
Round House Theatre: Artistic Director, Ryan Rilette; Managing Director, Ed Zakreski
Shakespeare Theatre Company: Artistic Director, Michael Kahn; Executive Director, Chris Jennings
Signature Theatre: Artistic Director, Eric Schaeffer; Managing Director, Maggie Boland
Studio Theatre: Artistic Director, David Muse; Managing Director Meridith Burkus
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: Artistic Director, Howard Shalwitz; Managing Director, Meghan Pressman

 

Nan Barnett of Flanagan Theater Projects will again serve as the Festival’s Coordinating Producer, this time with the support of theatreWashington, led by President Amy Austin.

All Press inquiries should be directed to press@womensvoicesdc.com.