The Bridge Initiative: Women in Theatre


The Bridge Initiative: Women in Theatre incubates and celebrates professional female theatre artists, promoting gender parity across all theatrical disciplines. We aim to contribute to the national conversation around equal representation and inclusion.

Core Values
• Inclusion
• Diversity
• Professionalism
• Education & Lifelong Learning

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We have employed female theatrical artists across all disciplines and have noticed an increase in representation in other local theatres since our inception in 2015. We are working hard to establish ourselves as a professional theatre presence as so much of our valley offerings are community organizations who do not pay their artists. We have insisted on paying at least a stipend to all of our artists. We are now a resident company at Tempe Center for the Arts.

Highlights:
2018:
* December: first full production run co-produced by Tempe Center for the Arts of southwestern premiere, "The Revolutionists" by Lauren Gunderson
* Partnership with Phoenix Theatre to create a Bridge "slot" in their Festival of New American Plays
* Continuation of Her Voice reading series with ASU's Kerr Cultural Cnr
* Building More Bridges gala, featuring local artists on and offstage, as well as inaugural awards to Elaine "EE" Moe as Leader of the Year and Dr. Lance Gharavi as Ally of the Year
2017:
* Week-long development workshop of our second play contest winner, "The Flora and Fauna" by Los Angeles playwright Alyson Mead, after which is was presented in readings at three sister theaters in Massachusetts, Ohio, and NYC
* Production of "Life Support" palliative care play at neurological conference in Phoenix
* Inaugural Bechel Test Fest co-produced by Tempe Center for the Arts, featuring local playwrights and filmmakers (chosen through contests for Arizona writers and filmmakers), with more than 60 paid artists participating in two full days of programming
* Launch of Her Voice monthly play reading series co-produced by ASU's Kerr Cultural Center, featuring plays by women presented by paid professional actors, directors, musicians, and designers, free to the public
2016:
* Staged reading with full media elements of "King Gordogan" adaptation by Columbia scholar Carla Stockton, co-produced with Benedictine University
* Gender-swapped reading of Shakespeare's "Richard II" co-produced with Ms. Conceived Shakespeare
* Building Bridges fundraising gala featuring dancers, musicians, actors, directors
* Second new play contest
2015:
* Symposium including readings of contest runners-up, workshops, panel discussions, talkbacks, and the world premiere production (4 performances) of "Anatomy of a Hug" by New York playwright Kat Ramsburg in 2015, winner of our first new play contest.
* Featured speaker at Good to Go gender parity theatre conference in NYC

Address: 533 W. Malibu Dr
Tempe, AZ 85282
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Service Areas: Maricopa