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ANPF Women's Invitational Three PlaywrightsLet the stories from the Invitational transport you from the Sunrise Dewdrop Apartment City for Senior Living in Korea to New Jersey to the rabbit hole of San Francisco’s Chinatown, while discovering new characters and new perspectives. The three winning plays carry messages of family, mystery, personal discovery, and more.

Join us March 2527 in Ashland.

Click here to learn about the three playwrights and their plays.


The Next Generation

Kyle Hayden ANPF Artistic DirectorANPF Artistic Director Kyle Haden believes strongly in giving a voice to writers who might otherwise be overlooked.

‘Women and minorities have long been under-represented in American theater; the [Women’s] Invitational is a step in changing that,’ he says. ‘I am passionate about diversity and inclusion, and we need to tell different kinds of stories. There is something great about reading a story about a different culture or experience and finding something in that we can relate to. It brings us closer together…

It’s great that these top playwrights are coming to the Rogue Valley…It’s an awesome opportunity for people to be involved in the next generation of theater. This is an opportunity to help these playwrights develop their stories in a supportive environment, with experienced and knowledgeable audiences. It’s always exciting to watch someone grow and develop, and Ashland is the perfect place for it.’

Excerpts from article by Mary Silva in Sneak Preview Ashland


Support Equity ~ Share Stories from Everyone

Theatre is a microcosm of society at large, and gender parity is still a huge problem. ANPF Women’s Invitational is our way to contribute to addressing the equity issue, and we do it because we feel compelled to share stories from everyone.

“…the more that women’s voices are heard, the closer theater comes to representing the full human experience.”

– Quote from Don Aucoin’s article in the Boston Globe: Theater needs more stories by women, about women

When this article appeared in December 2014, ANPF president James Pagliasotti wrote in (and was published):

As Don Aucoin’s article illustrates, gender parity is a compelling issue that should command the attention of everyone in theater. Ashland New Plays Festival in Ashland, Ore., just completed its 23d season presenting dramatic readings to enthusiastic audiences of four plays. The works were selected from blind readings of hundreds sent us by playwrights around the country. Approximately one in five we received were from women. Not surprisingly, all four winning plays were written by men. Last year, three of four winners were men.

We need more women playwrights to send us their work. That is a critical first step toward change.

James Pagliasotti

Ashland, Ore.

(Click here to view James’ letter to the editor)


Others Working to Support Women Playwrights

Read some of the articles and learn about the groups which inspire us:

The Kilroys – Taking action on gender parity in theater, The Kilroys mobilize others in their field to promote and support each other. They also produce an “annual industry survey of excellent new plays by female and trans* playwrights…a tool for producers committed to ending the systemic underrepresentation of female and trans* playwrights in the American theater.”

USITT – “The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) is committed to modeling diversity and inclusion for the entertainment industry.”

LA Female Playwrights Initiative

HowlRound Equal Pay for Equal Work: The Need for the ERA in the Arts

And, many more. Check this space for updates of our links list.