Axial Theater is a twenty-three year old ensemble based not-for-profit institution dedicated to supporting the professional development of playwrights and actors mainly based in the Westchester area. We focus on presenting theatrical experiences with a social impact or work that allows our artists to expand in their craft.
Axial Theatre and Honor Roll! announce Arts Partnership to further inclusion of women 40+ playwrights.
Axial Theatre is a 23-year old ensemble based theater company known for its dedication to developing and producing edge-cutting new theater works. Honor Roll! is an advocacy and action group of women+ playwrights over 40, and their women+ over forty allies, whose goal is inclusion in theater. This partnership marks our shared dedication to eliminate age discrimination, sexism, racism, and other biases including those based on gender identity, ethnicity, faith, socioeconomic status, disability, and sexual orientation in the American Theater and beyond. Axial Theatre is dedicated to providing a home for Honor Roll! playwrights to find both creative and professional support, manifested through readings, productions, professional development programs and LABS.
Additionally, our partnership will ensure that at least one out of four playwrights selected at our year long "Cactus Flowers" short play development readings will be chosen from Honor Roll! Members and at least one play in our planned "Best Of Cactus Flowers" full production in April of 2023 will be chosen from a participating Honor Roll! member.
“I am so proud of this new Arts Partnership between Axial Theatre and Honor Roll!. The work I’ve seen this year from their members is simply outstanding. This partnership is a perfect continuation of our efforts to support and amplify overlooked talent in our community.” - Axial Theatre Artistic Director Cady McClain
“The plays presented by Honor Roll! Members have been at a consistently high level. Axial is thrilled to partner with Honor Roll! and look forward to creating more opportunities for the talented playwrights in their membership.” - Axial Theatre Board President Howard Meyer
"Honor Roll! is delighted to partner with Axial Theatre in combating ageism/sexism by uplifting the work of women+ playwrights over 40.” - Honor Roll! Executive Committee: Cynthia Cooper, Cheryl Davis, Yvette Heyliger, Olga Humphrey, Jacquelyn Reingold, Sarah Tuft, Lucy Wang
The outcome will be a dynamic opportunity for the over 40 community of women+ playwrights to have a platform at Axial to be heard, seen, and valued as vital contributing voices in American Theatre.
Press inquiries contact:
for Axial Theatre: firstname.lastname@example.org
for Honor Roll!: HonorRollMembers@gmail.com
What Critics Say
"...Meyer and his colleagues at Axial (including director Jenn Haltman) can count the project a success."
- John P. McArthy, New York Critic
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