Centering Women+'s Stories In Theater

February 6, 2024
We’re bringing The Hearth, WP, and PlayCo into conversation about the obstacles, joys, and progress made on bringing these stories to life; and how this connects to the movement for women+'s rights on a global scale.
Meet the Participants

Julia Greer (she/her) is an actor, writer and Artistic Director of The Hearth, a theater company dedicated to producing and developing new works by women and people of marginalized genders. Leading The Hearth, she produced EVENTS by Bailey Williams directed by Sarah Blush, happy life by Kathy Ng directed by Kat Yen and brainsmash by Sophie Weisskoff, The Commons by Lily Akerman and Athena by Gracie Gardner directed by Emma Miller along with countless readings, workshops and retreats. As an actor, she has worked with NYTW, EST and Colt Coeur among others and is in the films Marriage Story, A Good Person and Human Capital. thehearththeater.com

Annie Jin Wang (she/her/hers) is the Associate Director for Programming at PlayCo. She is a first-generation Chinese American dramaturg and generative artist whose body of work investigates constructs of race, gender, and citizenship. She is currently supporting new projects in development at Beth Morrison Projects, the Perelman Performing Arts Center, Yangtze Rep, the Playwrights' Center, and Theater Mu. Her own writing has been developed with Soho Rep, Target Margin, Fresh Ground Pepper, Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company, and PlayGround-NY. She also serves as the Artistic Associate at Theater Mu. Annie holds an MFA from Columbia University, and BAs from Wellesley College.

Kate Loewald (she/her/hers) co-created The Play Company with her late partners, Mike Ockrent and Jack Temchin. Prior to launching PlayCo, from 1990-99 she was Director of Play Development at the Manhattan Theatre Club, and also directed their Writers in Performance series for two seasons. Before MTC, Kate worked for producer Margo Lion, developing and producing shows on and off Broadway including George C. Wolfe’s Jelly’s Last Jam and Martha Clarke’s The Garden of Earthly Delights. She was a dramaturg at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference 2000-2003. In addition to her work with PlayCo, she was the Guest Artistic Director for the Signature Theatre Company in the 2004/2005 season. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Columbia University School of the Arts, and has also taught The New School, Fordham College and NYU. She is a fellow at The Witness Institute.

Rebecca Martinez (she/her) is a Brooklyn-based director and the Cohort Collaborations Director for One Nation / One Project. Recent productions: It Happened in Key West (Fulton Theatre), Bite Me (WP Theater / Colt Coeur), a musical adaptation of The Comedy of Errors (The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit), Sancocho (WP Theater / Sol Project / LTC), Living and Breathing (Two River). Affiliations: TCG Rising Leaders of Color; INTAR’s Unit52, New Georges Affiliated Artist, WP Theater Directors Lab, Drama League Directing Fellow. Awards: Colorado Henry Award for Directing; four Portland, Oregon Drammy Awards; Lilla Jewel Award for Women Artists. Rebecca was proud to serve as WP’s Associate Artistic Director from 2020-2023.rebeccamartinez.org

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