TWTP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation


Mind the Gap

Tennessee Women's Theater Project believes that artists should be well paid for their work. We also believe that the cost of admission should never keep anyone from joining our audience. As you can guess, this means our expenses nearly always outpace ticket revenue. If you believe in professional theater that speaks to the human condition in the feminine voice, please help us Mind the Gap!

This video explains what we do, and how we use donated funds:

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You can make a direct donation right now, if you're so moved. We promise to put your gift to good use in support of TWTP's mission.

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Kroger Community Rewards

Support TWTP whenever you use your Kroger Plus Card

Kroger will make a donation to TWTP every time you shop at Kroger and use your Kroger Plus card! Between March and May this year, 18 people have helped us toward a quarterly donation of $142 this way. To register online, follow these easy steps (be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy). Reminder: Your purchases will not count until after you register your card and choose Tennessee Women's Theater Project.


Support TWTP via Amazon SmileVisit and sign in to your Amazon account.

  • Type “Tennessee Women's Theater Project” in the search box. When the list of organizations appears, chooseTennessee Women's Theater Project.
  • Start Shopping!

Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase to Tennessee Women's Theater Project.
Please spread the word! Let your friends and family know about AmazonSmile.


Goodshop and Goodsearch donate to TWTP with every search and online purchase

Register with GoodSearch and choose TWTP as your cause, then every time you search the web, TWTP gets a penny. With thousands of online stores participating, including Amazon, Lands' End, Victoria's Secret,, Harry & David, iTunes, and many of your other favorites (too many to list!), Goodsearch and Goodshop offer a quick, easy and painless way to help TWTP.


Volunteer With Us

We're always looking for volunteers to help build, load in and run our plays, to help with publicity and marketing, and more. Learn more and sign up.

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Tell someone about Tennessee Women's Theater Project.

As always, we Thank You!

The Twelve Dates of Christmas

Ginna Hoben's side-splitting one-woman play opens with Mary, visiting her family at home in Ohio for Thanksgiving. She switches on the Macy's Parade and spots her fiancé back in New York — kissing another woman on national TV! We follow Mary’s year-long stumble back into the dating world, where "romance" ranges from weird and creepy to absurd and comical. Finally, in an unexpected encounter, Mary discovers a new perspective on life and love. Rebekah Durham returns as Mary in our annual Holiday special. Note: Because of adult language, this show is not recommended for small children. Buy tickets here

• December 1, 2, 8 & 9 at 7:30 pm
• December 3 & 10 at 2:30 pm


What our audiences say: 
"Rebekah Durham is fantastic"
"Just saw this for the second time. What a wonderful show!"
"Yay Tennessee Women's Theater Project and rah Rebekah Durham.
Incredible performance. WOW. Great play."
"Everything I expected it to be - and more . . .funny, warm, and very true."
"Wonderful writing and a magnificent actor. Simply a GREAT show. I am going again!"
"Totally enjoyable! Great alternative to Santaland, particularly if you are looking for a fun girl's night out."
"Amazing performance of course. Love this girl. Great job Becka"
"A show for people who are tired of the sweet, sweet holiday shows
that want to leave you feeling better than you really are."
"Rebekah Durham was flawless  . . .The script is funny, poignant, insightful and hopeful."
What the critics say:
" . . . thoroughly delightful and wonderfully entertaining." Rebekah Durham "captivates and intrigues,
ensuring that by the end of the evening you'll be just a little bit in love" - Jeffrey Ellis, Broadway World Nashville
" . . . whether you’re looking for a light-hearted evening of laughs or simply need a break from the holiday rush,
'The Twelve Dates of Christmas' is just the ticket." - Amy Stumpfl, The Tennessean


Kroger Plus

The Kroger Community Rewards Program lets you give back to your favorite non-profit every time you shop for groceries using your Plus Card. There's no cost to you - all you need to do is link your Plus account to Tennessee Women's Theater Project. Now through November we're looking to increase the number of people who support us this way. Here's how you can join in:

♦ Register online at (be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy)

  • ♦ Click Sign In/Register to register your Kroger Plus card online (only registered Kroger Plus cardholders can participate)
  • ♦ Once registered and signed in, click Edit Kroger Community Rewards Information and enter your Kroger Plus Card number
  • ♦ Enter TWTP's NPO number – 44269 – or type in Tennessee Women's Theater Project, select us from the list; then click on Confirm
  • ♦ Verify you are enrolled correctly by checking for TWTP’s name on the right side of your information page
  • ♦ IMPORTANT-- purchases will not count until after you register your card and choose Tennessee Women's Theater Project

Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 800-576-4377 and select option 4 to hear your Kroger Plus card number.

Today is Giving Tuesday 2017

On Tuesday November 27, please make a Giving Tuesday donation to support TWTP. If you believe in equity for women in theater - in story, on stage and back stage - please give $10 or more today to help with our mission. 

Did you know? 

Our Sponsor A Guest program works with agencies that support women at risk to offer their clients free admission to TWTP productions. Every season dozens of clients of Magdalene, the Y-W Shelter, Renewal House and others attend performances as our guests. Sponsor A Guest helps prove it: When people experience live theater, they love live theater!

Did you know? 

We conduct free after-school theater and storytelling classes for children at the Looby Community and Recreation Center. Professional theater instructors work to help these kids develop confidence and apply theater skills to create and perform their own stories.

Your Giving Tuesday donation of $10 or more helps us give, by supporting outreach to underserved audiences. Thank You!


Lines in the Dust, by Nikkole Salter

Final Performance October 22

Sunday October 22 is the final performance of our season opening production, the Southeastern regional premiere of Nikkole Salter's "Lines in the Dust," which probes the sensitive topics of integration, racial privilege and school zoning manipulation. 

The plot: When her daughter loses out in the magnet school lottery, Denitra Morgan is determined to find another way to escape their underperforming neighborhood school. Six decades after Brown v. Board of Education, Lines in the Dust questions how far we've come in matters of race and class, and more importantly, asks where we must go from here.

"...mind-blowing production of the Tennessee Women's Theater Project needs to be seen by everyone."
-- Sean SipleTennessee Core Values Tour blog

"...shines a light on important issues that deserve our attention"
-- Amy StumpflThe Tennessean

"A compelling exposé of the politics and operation of the educational system...
If you only see one play this year, it should be Lines in the Dust."
-- Roy Berko, Broadway World/Cleveland

"Lines in the Dust" stars Colette Divine, Alan Lee and Tamiko Robinson Steele

Location:TWTP's production of Lines in the Dust stars Tamiko Robinson Steele, Colette Divine and Alan Lee
Z. Alexander Looby Theater
2301 Rosa L Parks Boulevard
Nashville 37228-1205
Dates: October 6 – 22, 2017
7:30 pm October 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 & 21
2:30 pm October 8, 15 & 22









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Finish Strong Fiscal Year-End Fundraiser

It's Time To Help TWTP Finish Strong

Our 2016-2017 fiscal year ends August 31. We need your help to FINISH STRONG. We have exciting things in store for our 11th Anniversary Season, and your donation will help make it possible. We can't do it without you. Yes - YOU!
Your Gift At Work
Your donation insures that we can continue to produce Nashville premieres and new works
Your donation helps make a difference. You'll be supporting Free After-school Theater Classes at the Looby Community Center
Your donation helps keep our ticket prices the lowest of all Nashville's professional theater companies
Your donation helps us pay actors, designers and teaching artists a living wage – among the highest of Nashville's professional theater companies
We believe artists should be paid well; we believe that the price of admission should not be a barrier to experiencing life professional theater. There is always a gap between ticket revenue and production expenses – and we're counting on you. 
Time is tight; rehearsals for our 11th Season opener, Lines in the Dust, will begin shortly. If you can help CLICK HERE to make a secure donation online through PayPal, or you can send a check, payable to "TWTP," to P.O. Box 158525, Nashville, TN 37215-8525.  

Birthday Fundraiser Goal Exceeded

Our Facebook-and-Web site fundraiser honoring the birthday of Founder and Artistic Director, Maryanna Clarke was a big success, and we thank the many people who helped make it so. 

We raised $1,190 of the $2,000 goal on Facebook, and even more through other channels, including PayPal and checks mailed in to the PO Box. All told, our friends and supporters gave just over $2,600. 

Thank you, one and all, for believing in the company and its work, and thanks especially to the folks who were able to contribute to supporting what we do.

Opening May 5

Beginning May 5, for the eleventh year in a row, Tennessee Women’s Theater Project presents its annual Women’s Work festival of performing and visual arts created by women. Running at North Nashville's Looby Theater through Sunday May 21, the festival cuts a broad swath across styles and genres to offer eleven completely different programs: poetry and storytelling ; staged readings of new plays; film, dance, music and a display of visual art works. Individual tickets are $10, and a Festival Pass good for admission to all shows is just $60, and a Mini-Pass priced at $30 offers admission to any four shows. 60% of ticket revenue goes toward compensating the presenting artists. Women's Work is presented with the support of a grant from The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Tickets on sale now

Two Shows Remain

Saturday May 20, 7:30 pm – Performance Art: Earth Tone, a performance piece by Thandiwe Shiphrah and Daniel Arite, with Ronald “Doc” Hayes, Lauren Elysse Fitzgerald, and Nerissa Aquino

Sunday May 21, 2:30 pm – Theater: Short Plays, Film, Stories and More: Wounds of the Heart: A Journey Through Brokenness, by Anna Carroll; The Kitchen Table, by Charlotte Higgins; Storytelling by Barbara Moss; Jalopy: An Unsustainable Relationship a musical one-act by Lainie Marsh; Sassy, a short documentary film by Amy Scatliff; Getting Played, by Judy Klass; and Sopresa/Suprise, by six-time presenter Robyn Brooks


Visual art on display  drawings by Nikki Staggs; Art works and Quilts by Edith Costanza







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Women's Work 2017 Call for Submissions

DEADLINE EXTENDED: All entries must be postmarked by March 30, 2017

In May, 2017, Tennessee Women’s Theater Project will present the Eleventh Annual edition of Women’s Work, our showcase and celebration of works created by women. Each year we present the work of women playwrights, poets, singers, musicians, essayists, circus performers, painters, filmmakers, dancers, choreographers, photographers – and more – from across Tennessee and across the country. This is our call for submissions for Women’s Work 2017.

The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2017 March 30, 2017 – your submission package must be postmarked by that date. Use this link to download a submission form. There’s a modest, non-refundable submission fee of $25.00, which helps offset our expenses for advertising, venue and security, programs and promotion. Email us at or call 615-681-7220 for more information, or if you have any questions.

Presenters are responsible for securing a director and cast for readings; we can provide you with leads.

Women's Work runs three weekends, from May 5 – 21, 2017, with a different program on each performance date. Mother's Day (May 14) is traditionally Poetry Sunday.

Performances will be held:
May 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20 at 7:30 pm
May 7, 14 (Poetry Sunday) & 21 at 2:30 pm

NOTE: If you have ANY conflicts with our performance or tech rehearsal dates, it's vital that you indicate them on your submission form. We can't promise to accommodate every conflict for every presenter, but we can’t begin to work around them unless we know when they are!

Presenters will be assigned a date and time for a tech rehearsal, to occur before their performance date.

Please feel free to email us at if you have any questions.

Sistas: The Musical


" . . . this capable cast more than delivers — from traditional gospel and blues to Motown and modern hip-hop." - Amy Stumpfl, The Tennessean

It looks as if we are sold out for BOTH remaining shows: Saturday 3/4 and Sunday 3/5! There may be 3-4 tickets left to buy online at Brown Paper Tickets, but when they're gone, they're gone.  Five women – three sisters, a great-granddaughter, a sister-in-law – sort through the attic of their recently departed family matriarch, in search of inspiration for her memorial service. They unearth trials and tears, love and laughter, and perform the music of iconic artists from Bessie Smith to Beyoncé. Sistas traces the relationship of Black women and popular music, with songs including "Oh, Happy Day," "God Bless The Child," "Stormy Weather," "Nowhere To Run," "I Will Survive," "Single Ladies," "I Am Not My Hair," "A Woman's Worth," and many more. The cast includes Sarina-Joi Crowe as Tamika; Lisa Graham as Gloria; Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva as Roberta; Aleta Myles as Simone; and Brittany Nelson as Heather. Sistas: The Musical is sponsored by HCA/TriStar Health.

February 17 – March 5, 2017
7:30 pm February 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, March 2, 3 & 4
2:30 pm February 19, 26 & March 5

Adults $20, Students & Seniors (60+) $15
All seats just $10 on Thursday evenings


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