Women Center Stage 2007 Festival
First launched in 1996, Women Center Stage (WCS) is Culture Project’s banner initiative committed to supporting and vigorously promoting the work of women artists, and celebrating the unique contribution of women to social justice and human rights. The cornerstone of WCS is the annual Women Center Stage Festival, a dynamic and diverse laboratory for works in progress from women theater artists at all levels of their careers.
Presented every March for Women’s History Month, the four-week Festival provides the three things that struggling artists need most: Space, Money, and Recognition.
During Women Center Stage 2004, The Culture Project presented over 20 different productions and events, providing over 100 artists with the necessary tools, resources, and mentorship to further develop their talent. Artists the participated in the 2004 festival included Mercedes Ruehl, Lynn Redgrave, Rain Pryor and Staceyann Chin.
Women Center Stage 2005 partnered with Planned Parenthood to “explore women’s choices and amplify women’s voices” during an exciting four week festival. Throughout the festival, we delved into the social, economic, religious, and political issues surrounding child bearing and child rearing. The Culture Project promoted Planned Parenthood in all advertising and outreach, distributed Planned Parenthood’s literature, and hosted a variety of collaborative post-performance panels on pertinent issues, while collecting donations throughout the festival to benefit both organizations. Highlights of Women Center Stage 2005 included Carol Gilligan’s new adaptation of The Scarlet Letter starring Marisa Tomei, and Lynn Redgrave’s moving solo show Nightingale.
Download the 2005 press release.