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Our Story

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From Founder and Artistic Director Maryanna Clarke
: “When I grow up, I want to be just like you – I want to act . . . and I want to type.”  Those words, spoken by my then 7-year old daughter, Kate, changed my life forever.  At that moment I realized I had to give her something more to aspire to.  What followed was a couple of years of soul searching, two and a half years of a daily commute from Hendersonville to MTSU, a husband who got real good at cooking, a whole lot of miles racked up on my car, a degree in Theater with a minor in Entrepreneurship, and, ultimately, the birth of Tennessee Women’s Theater Project. 

What: TWTP is a professional, nonprofit theater company with a special focus on women. We seek to address the problems of gender inequity and gender discrimination through role parity for women as well as training and education in areas of professional theater that are currently male-dominated. We are committed to the highest artistic standards in professional theater. Moreover, because we believe that theater is a stakeholder in the community, we offer free admission to clients of agencies that serve at-risk women, and free theater classes for kids who spend after-school hours at the Looby Community Center. Tennessee Women's Theater Project (TWTP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, view our profile at GivingMatters.

Why: Women comprise 52% of the population; women attend theater in even greater proportion. Yet, women are grossly underrepresented onstage, backstage and in theater management. Male characters tend to outnumber females, even in plays written by women. Offstage jobs in professional theater - from director to designer to stage manager - are predominantly held by men, and the management of professional theater is likewise male-dominated.

So what? "Men are [perceived as] universal; women are specific." (Lisa Kron, New York State Council on the Arts Theatre Program, Report on the Status Of Women: A Limited Engagement?) TWTP strives to address this misperception - and correct it.