Women Writing and Directing in the USA: A Stage of Our Own features interviews with some of the most successful theatre artists currently working on and off Broadway and beyond.
The book provides an insight on what it means and what it takes to be a successful female-identifying playwright and director in the USA, where the professional theatrical landscape is still mostly dominated by straight white men. The interviews explore a wide range of themes, including if and how the artists’ female perspective influenced their art, the social and cultural significance of their work, and how theatre and women working in theatre can participate in awakening greater social awareness. Readers will learn about some of the most current and relevant American theatre artists, such as Young Jean Lee, Pam MacKinnon, Dominique Morisseau, Rachel Chavkin, and Martyna Majok.
Written for students in directing and playwriting courses, Women Writing and Directing in the USA: A Stage of Our Own features inspirational and informative stories that will help young theatre artists find and pursue their artistic voices.
Table of Contents
Section 1. Playwrights 1. Jaclyn Backhaus 2. Lauren Gunderson 3. Young Jean Lee 4. Lydia Diamond 5. Anna Ziegler 6. Martyna Majok 7. Dominique Morriseau Section 2. Directors 8. Anne Kauffman 9. Diane Paulus 10. Daniella Topol 11. Pam MacKinnon 12. Liesl Tommy 13. Rachel Chavkin 14. Shana Cooper Appendix. The perspective of a casting director: Alaine Alldaffer
Kiara Pipino is currently serving as an Assistant Professor of Theatre at SUNY Oneonta. Her research focuses on Classic Theatre, including adaptations, and women in theatre. She directs professionally in the USA and internationally.