Did you know that 63% of theatre audiences are Women?
- Broadway shows written by women are 18% more profitable than shows written by men
- 20% of professional theatre artists are women
- 17% of produced plays are written by women
- 16% of produced plays are directed by women
- 69% of theatre ticket buyers are women
Women and projects of interest to women are greatly under-represented in theatre. Despite the fact that great strides have been made in other fields, women continue to face enormous employment challenges in the arts.
She had a Dream
Once upon a time, ten years ago, playwright Ruby O'Gray dreamt of honoring women in theatre. Ms. O'Gray wanted to (1) acknowledge and award women who have contributed to the world of theatre and (2) showcase performances about women, directed by women and written by women.
Ms. O'Gray shared her idea with long time friend and director/event planner, Karen Moore, and the result was the first Women's Theatre Festival of Memphis held in August 2012 at The Circuit Playhouse, Playhouse on the Square and TheatreWorks in Memphis, TN.
The second Women's Theatre Festival of Memphis will be held summer of 2014 in the Memphis Midtown Theatre District. The festival is comprised of theatrical, operatic, dance, symphonic performances, stage readings and workshops.
WTFM is a sponsored project of Women of Style, Spirit and Success, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization.
WTFM is spearheaded by a diverse committee of men and women.
Performance applications are now being accepted for selection to present at WTFM 2014.
Mission & Vision
The mission of WTFM is to provide educational and performance opportunities that represent women on a broader scale and to bring recognition to women who have contributed to the theatre over the years.
The vision of WTFM is to work in collaboration with theatres, artists and other professionals to increase opportunities for women in all aspects of the performing arts.