Women in Theatre (WIT)

The Women in Theatre initiative (WIT) is aimed at increasing opportunities for women in theatre and ensuring that women have much greater visibility in the theatre space.

WIT Objectives

Provision of women in theatre perspectives on a wide range of political, social and economic issues

Mentorship of budding women writers, directors and producers through a 2-year capacity building project

Develop new works by budding women writers

Production of new works and adaptations of classic plays by women writers

Advocacy and lobbying within the national and international professional theatre circuits

Promote plays by women in university, college and high school curriculums

Acknowledging and celebrating WIT’s efforts by sponsoring an annual award at the National Arts Merit Awards and facilitating staging at selected leading local festivals such as the Harare International Festival of the Arts and Intwasa

Building audiences for women in theatre 

 

Ongoing WIT Programs

Playwrights Lab: helps budding women writers to develop new work in a productive environment. Budding women playwrights meet monthly under the direction of a distinguished woman playwright for script readings and feedback

Directors Lab: enables budding women directors to network and discuss directorial techniques and trends in the field, while creating collaborative relationships with fellows of the Playwrights and Producers Labs. The Directors Lab is not a place where people are vying for opportunities – it is truly about learning from one another and creating a community for the exchange of knowledge and skills

Producers Lab: seeks to extend the influence of budding women producers. Armed with practical tools and powerful connections, Producers Lab members are empowered to advance specific theatrical projects and special events at WIT and beyond. The Producers Lab is founded on a firm belief in the power of creative producing, and strives to make its fellows equally at home analysing plays and financial statements and gaining resource mobilisation skills

Labs are facilitated by a ‘Torchbearer’ with the necessary knowledge and skill; as well as mentoring / facilitation skills 

School Residence Programs

Theatre Going: Exposes students (high school, college and university) to professional theatre created by women writers and directors, and pique their interest about an array of careers in theatre. Student attend special matinee performances of WIT critically-acclaimed main-stage productions followed by a post-performance discussion with the writer and director.

Playwriting: Integrate the work of a professional female playwright into the classroom and inspire students to develop their own unique dramatic voices. Students begin by reading and analysing scenes written by dynamic, professional female playwrights that complement each classroom’s curriculum. Inspired by the readings and informed about diverse dramatic conventions, students then write their own monologues and scenes. The residency culminates with an in-class, in-book reading of the students’ work

Theatre Making: Build an actress pool / ensemble that acts as a source of inspiration to the next generation of WIT. Students star in a special presentation for an audience of classmates, parents and educators. They explore various modes of theatre making in the plays of female playwrights selected in advance by the WIT Project Teaching Artist and Classroom Teacher. Students adapt and create their own short piece of theatre to be presented at a selected venue

"Culture takes diverse forms across time and space. This diversity is embodied in the uniqueness and plurality of the identities of the groups and societies making up humankind. As a source of exchange, innovation and creativity, cultural diversity is as necessary for humankind as biodiversity is for nature. In this sense, it is the common heritage of humanity and should be recognized and affirmed for the benefit of present and future generation." (UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity).