Women's Project and Productions will host "Pointed View," a three part symposium on gender and theatre, June 7 at New York City's Theatre Four. The New York State Council on the Arts is sponsoring the event.
The 11 AM-9 PM talks are split in three two hour topics. The first is "Accommodating Our Changing Audiences," with Primary Stages' Casey Childs, the Public Theatre's Donna Walker-Kuhne, National Endowment for the Arts' Gigi Bolt, playwright Marsha Norman (`Night Mother), director Diane Paulus and Second Stage's Carol Rothman discussing how audiences are incorporating larger numbers of women and people of color, and how this changes the way artists and arts management view the audience.
"Criticism and the Perception of Gender," the second, features critics explaining how and why they respond to certain plays and playwrights. Speaking will be New York Press' Jonathan Kalb, New York Times' Anita Gates, Village Voice's Alisa Solomon, Newsday's Linda Winer and New Dramatists' Todd London.
The final symposium, "Shaping Viewpoints," looks at what is holding back women's progress in theatre, an art form still predominated by white males. Psychology professor Virginia Valian, Theatre Communications Group's Ben Cameron, the New York Times' Margo Jefferson and Linda Earle from the New York Stage Council on the Arts.