The League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW) leads an equality march through Times Square June 15 to advocate for equal representation of women in theatre. The fourth annual Women Stage the World is inspired by earlier Suffragette parades.
The march kicks off at 6 PM, with many dressed in costumes in honor of famous women like Dorothy Parker, Katharine Cornell, Aphra Behn, Margo Jones, Lady Gregory or Hallie Flanagan, director of the WPA Theatre.
As the women take over Times Square, they are prompting ticket buyers to ask: “Who wrote, directed and designed this play? What is the theatre’s track record in giving opportunities to women? How can you spread the word and promote women’s voices?”
The march supports the League’s overall mission of promoting visibility and increasing opportunities for women in theatre.
“Women buy two-thirds of the tickets and represent 65% of the audience,” said Mahayana Landowne, theatre director and LPTW board member, in a press statement. “The irony is that 80% of the time, the storytelling on stage is shaped by men's voices, not women's. We march for parity—equal representation of women in all areas of the theatre.”
In celebration of the annual event, composer/lyricist Sheilah Rae has also penned an anthem.
To learn more about the program and parade route, visit Theatrewomen.org.