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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.

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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



Hudson Play Revisits "Crime of the Century" - Rivertown Enterprise

The Locher Room - One on One

"Never the Sinner" is Newsworthy Theatre in Westchester - Yonkers Times

Axial Theatre to Present "Never the Sinner" in November - Broadway World

Bringing New Energy to Axial Theater - Arts Westchester


Day's Of Our Lives' Cady McClain to Moderate Free Short Plays Readings for Axial Theater Just Outside NYC - Online and In-person Event

NY's Axial Theater Forms Partnership with Honor Roll! to Celebrate Female Playwrights over 40

Emmy Winner Cady McClain Helms New York's Axial Theatre as Artistic Director, Taps Star Trek’s Darlene Tejeiro, Bosch’s Ingrid Rogers and True Detective’s Jon Lindstrom for Cactus Flowers, A Free Play Reading Jan 23rd, 2022



Axial Theater Presents New Plays Via Zoom for Women's History Month: Actors include Days of our Lives Tamara Braun, Inga Cadranel (General Hospital), Yoshi Sudarso (Power Rangers) and More.

Axial Theater Presents Free Reading of Short Plays with NAACP and Ovation Award Winner, Bosch Star Dominic Hoffman April 24, 2022


Days Marci Miller Goes Back to Her Roots as Special Guest Actor for Axial Theater's Cactus Flowers Play Reading May 15, 2022

A Theater Group's Drama-Worthy Gathering Place - NY Times


Westchester Footlights - NY Times

Drops in Westchester - NY Times


Troupe Still Evolving as Season Opens - NY Times

To Dad, Life Is a Game, a Really Ugly One - NY Times

Axial Theatre Presents Pulitzer-Prize Winning August: Osage County - Arts Westchester

Meet the Cast of Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike - Broadway World


Axial Theatre Presents Dead Man's Cell Phone - Pleasantville's Hamlet Hub


P’ville Production to Follow Dreams for ‘The ‘Rest of Your Life’ - The Examiner News

Axial Theatre to Present World Premiere of Howard Meyer’s Senescence - The Inside Press

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