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WP Theater launches The Space Program, offering discounted off-Broadway spaces to artists who are mission-minded

WP Theater launches The Space Program, offering discounted off-Broadway spaces to artists who are mission-minded

Winner of Obie, Lortel and Drama Desk Awards, WP Theater is launching The Space Program, a new initiative offering discounted space at their home on 76th & Broadway – to provide commission-driven solo artists and small budgets with affordable production opportunities. for-profit companies that otherwise might not be able to produce due to the financial constraints of renting performance spaces. Spaces are available as early as January 2023, and the discounted rates include access to WP’s lighting and sound equipment package, all utilities, cleaning, and marketing and front-of-house consultations.

Is your production WP aligned with the mission? Written and directed by Women+ artists and the rest of the team assembled with a focus on gender equality? Does the makeup of your cast and creative team demonstrate a commitment to racial justice? If your production meets these criteria, email [email protected]er.org for more information. The currently available dates for space program stays during the 2022-23 season (which may range from 1 week to 8 weeks) are: January 9 to February 5, 2023 and May 1 to June 25, 2023.

WP Theater (Lisa McNulty, Producing Artistic Director; Michael Sag, Managing Director), now in its 45th season, is the nation’s oldest and largest theater company dedicated to developing, producing and promoting the work of Women+ at every stage of their career . For over four decades, WP has been at the forefront of a global movement for gender equality – and the artists it supports have grown into a robust, thriving community in theater and beyond. WP empowers Women+ artists of all kinds to reach their full potential and challenge preconceptions about the types of plays they write and the stories they tell.

Founded in 1978 by Julia Miles as the Women’s Project Theatre, the WP Theater has made a name for itself as a home for Women+ theater makers, historically marginalized in the field, to hone their craft while becoming leaders, change makers and advocates in the to become an industry. To date, the company has produced more than 600 mainstage productions and development projects and published 11 anthologies of pieces by Women+ artists, and continues to make a difference in the artistic landscape of New York and beyond by providing a platform for these artists develop and present their stories.

Today, WP fulfills its mission through several foundational programs, including: the WP Lab, an acclaimed two-year new play mentoring and development program for playwrights, directors and producers of Women+; the residency program for domestic partners; the developing series of workshops and readings; the Commissioning Program; and the Mainstage Series, which comprises a season’s worth of Off-Broadway productions written and directed by exceptional theater artists. Artists currently commissioned are: Donnetta Lavinia Grays, Emily Kaczmarek, MJ Kaufman, Sylvia Khoury, Zoe Sarnak and Leah Nanako Winkler.

WP Theater received a Lucille Lortel Award and an Obie Award, both for Outstanding Body of Work; and a 2020 Special Drama Desk Award recognizing WP and its founder Julia Miles. As the first launch pad for some of the most influential artists in theatre, television and film, WP’s work has had a significant impact on the field. Almost every notable female theater artist has walked her doors, including: Tony Winner 2019 Rachel Chavkin; two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok; MacArthur “Genius” Grant winner and Tony Award nominee Dominique Morisseau; Tony winner Pam MacKinnon; and Tony winner Diane Paulus. At WP, these powerful women found artistic homes early on and are testament to the organization’s role as a driving cultural force.

*When we say women+, we mean people who are cis women, trans, non-binary, or gender non-conforming people, and all gender identities that have been systematically repressed throughout history in theater and beyond.

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