New Perspectives was founded in 1991 as a multi-racial ensemble dedicated to using theatre as an agent for positive social change. Our mission is to 1) develop and present new plays and playwrights, particularly women and people of color, 2) present classic plays in a style that sheds new light on our lives and work, and 3) present theatre to under-served audiences-especially young people-to build life skills and promote participation in our society.
The League of Professional Theatre Women's mission is to increase the visibility of and promote opportunities for women in all aspects of the professional theatre. Incorporated in 1986, the League now boasts a membership of nearly 500 women representing a diversity of theatre professionals in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. League members are actors, administrators, agents, arrangers, casting directors, choreographers, company managers, composers, critics, designers, directors, dramaturgs, educators, general managers, historians, journalists, librettists, lyricists, playwrights, press agents, producers, stage managers, and theatre technicians.
Women have been writing plays and contributing to the Western Theatrical Canon for 1,000 years, but even female Theatre professionals, let alone the population at large, are unaware of the full story of women's foundational heritage in the field. In making history visible, ON HER SHOULDERS is reclaiming this vast legacy. NPTC produces OHS in association with the School of Drama at the New School. The Play In Context component is supported, in part, by the League of Professional Theatre Women.
The goal of ON HER SHOULDERS is to remedy this situation. By presenting staged readings of plays from across the spectrum of time and place, we are making it impossible to deny or ignore the great tradition and value of women's contribution to the theatrical canon. Our goal is not only to re-introduce these playwrights to modern audiences, but to motivate producers to see these scripts as viable for contemporary production. We have essentially done the homework for anyone interested in moving forward with one of these plays. The essays also serve as educational tools for an expanded audience of theatre students, practitioners, and historians.
In making history visible, we also shine the light on today's women playwrights and see their work as part of a continuum a thousand years long. They stand on the shoulders of giants--and in restoring our foremothers to their rightful place, we elevate all women playwrights.
"I am so grateful that theatre historian Sherry Engle researched my play "A Fool of Fortune" and included it with the works of other outstanding women playwrights"
- Martha Morton, Dean of the Women Playwrights. (1865-1925)
The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) is dedicated to supporting and strengthening New York City's vibrant cultural life. Among our primary missions is to ensure adequate public funding for non-profit cultural organizations, both large and small, throughout the five boroughs.