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Women's Work 2019: Our 13th Annual

Tennessee Women’s Theater Project returns to the Looby Theater beginning Friday September 20th, with the Thirteenth Annual Women’s Work festival of performing and visual arts created by women. Running through Sunday October 6, the festival spans a wide range of styles and genres to offer a completely different program at every performance: poetry and storytelling, stand-up comedy, one-woman shows, readings of plays and musicals, dance, music, film and a display of art works in the theater.

Weekend Two

September 26, 7:30 pm – Theater for Young Audiences play reading: Captain Aurora, by Becky Wahlstrom. (Bring the youngsters!)


September 28, 7:30 pm – Theater/One-Woman Show: The Vicious Hillbilly or Dating in the Deep South, by Dawn Larsen.

September 29, 2:30 pm – Storytelling/poetry/singing: From the Page and From the Strings, by Dana Malone and Amelia White.

Women's Work runs three weekends, from September 20 – October 6, 2019, with a different program on each performance date. 
September 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, October 3 & 5 at 7:30 pm
September 29, October 6 at 2:30 pm
Individual Tickets: $10
Festival Pass (good for admission to all shows): $60

Mini Pass (good for admission to any 4 shows): $30.

Buy tickets for The 13th Annual Women's Work Festival

The Women’s Work 2019 roster as of September 8:

September 20, 7:30 pm – Various Shorts: What's Held Back and Untethered, 2 short plays by Judy Klass; You Wouldn’t Expect, short film by Marilynn Anselmi; In a Quiet Place, poetry by Mimi Pantelides; Breaking Things, short Fiction by Jayd-Lynn Perez.

September 21, 7:30 pm – Dance Night: featuring works from choreographers Brigitte Birk, Cynthia Adams, Jen-Jen Lin (Chinese Arts Alliance), Michelle Burlingame, Joslyn Evans, Sarah Atenhan, Amanda Howard, Laurel Desmarais, Meg Brooker, Sarah Murray, Rebecca Hoback, and Windship Boyd and Thea Jones.

September 22, 2:30 pm – JUST ADDED: Allison Plattsmeier with readings and essays on her recent adventures as a phd candidate with a new baby; and Kristen Chapman Gibbons, with musings on motherhood.

September 26, 7:30 pm – Theater for Young Audiences play: Captain Aurora, by Becky Wahlstrom.

September 27, 7:30 pm – Theater/One-Woman Show: The MILF Also Rises CANCELLED

September 28, 7:30 pm – Theater/One-Woman Show: The Vicious Hillbilly or Dating in the Deep South, by Dawn Larsen.

September 29, 2:30 pm – Storytelling/poetry/singing: From the Page and From the Strings, by Dana Malone and Amelia White.

October 3, 7:30 pm – An Evening of Stand-Up Comedy with host Aleta Myles.

October 4, 7:30 pm – TBA

October 5, 7:30 pm – Musical Theatre: Black Ophelia, by Lainie Marsh

October 6, 2:30 pm – Bits & Bobs: Making New Life with the Fragments of Broken Ones: Using Words to Heal, a collaborative piece compiled by Ashley Mintz; Amaranthine and Amen, dance by Laura Valentine (NUMINOUS FLUX); The World According to Riley, a short play by DeeGee Lester; Spells for Healing the Mother Wound, poetry by Karina Cochran; RE - MEMBER - ING SARA BAARTMAN, a short play by Robyn Brooks.

Visual art on display  drawings in colored pencil by Mimi Pantelides

Fiscal Year End Fundraiser

It's the 99th anniversary of the enactment of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing the right of women to vote. Happy Women's Equality, from the only woman-centered professional theater company in the region! 

Our 2018-19 fiscal year ends August 31, and we need your donation to FINISH STRONG. As we prepare our 2019-20 season, please remember: We can't do this without you. Yes - YOU! Please donate today!


How Your Gift Helps

Your donation:

  • Insures that we can keep producing Nashville premieres and new works
  • Supports free after-school Theater classes at the Looby Community Center
  • Helps keep our ticket prices among the lowest of all Nashville's professional theater companies
  • Helps us pay actors, designers, and teaching artists a living wage – among the highest of Nashville's professional theater companies

There is always a gap between ticket revenue and production costs, and we count on our supporters -- people like you -- to help close it. 

Read more below!

Women's Work Call for Submissions

From September 20 to October 6, Tennessee Women’s Theater Project will present the 13th Annual edition of Women’s Work, our showcase and celebration of works created by women. Each year for more than a decade now, we have presented 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 2019.
The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2019 August 14, 2019 – your submission package must be received via email or postmarked by that date. 
There’s a modest, non-refundable submission fee of $25.00, which helps offset our expenses for advertising, venue and security, programs and promotion.
Performances will be held:
September 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, October 3, 4 & 5 at 7:30 pm
September 22, 29 & October 6 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.
Email us at or call 615-681-7220 for more information, or if you have any questions.
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Sistas: The Musical

Final 4 performances Thursday 5/16 through Sunday 5/19. Book now online, or purchase at the door - whatever you do, don't miss Sistas!
We're proud to present the return of Sistas: The Musical, by Dorothy Marcic. Five women  three sisters, a great-granddaughter, and 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," "R.E.S.P.E.C.T.," "I Will Survive," "Single Ladies," "I Am Not My Hair," "A Woman's Worth," and many more. The cast includes Shonka Dukureh as Roberta; LaToya Gardner as Simone; Lisa Graham as Gloria; Brittany Nelson as Heather; and Aija Penix as Tamika. Read Jef Ellis's preview at BroadwayWorldNashville.
"You owe it to yourself to see it." -- Jef Ellis, Broadway World Nashville
". . . more than delivers — from traditional gospel and blues to Motown and modern hip-hop."
- Amy Stumpfl, The Tennessean
TWTP's 2018-19 season is sponsored by HCA/TriStar Health.












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Adults $20, Students & Seniors (60+) $15
All seats $10 on Thursday evenings.
7:30 p.m. on May 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 & 18
2:30 p.m. on May 5, 12 & 19
Z. Alexander Looby Theater
2301 Rosa L Parks Boulevard
Nashville 37228-1205

It's Big Payback Time

Thursday, May 2 is The Big Payback - the Community Foundation's 24-hour online giving event, which highlights the worthy work of Middle Tennessee nonprofits. We ask you to support TWTP by making a tax-deductible donation on Thursday any time. This link will be good ONLY Thursday May 2!

Your donation is vital to our financial health  

Here's a snapshot of why we need your support: Our first musical (about to return to the stage this week) was a hit. Sistas: the Musical, broke all box office and attendance records. We grossed over $16,000. Sounds great, right? It is great, but here's the rub: Sistas cost over $30,000 to produce (including $24,000 in artist wages we were proud to pay!). We believe that theater professionals should be paid a living wage. We also believe that theater should be accessible to everyone - so we keep our ticket prices low. Your gift helps bridge the gap between revenue and expenses - between box office and payroll. Please help us mind the gap

Calling on supporters and friends everywhere

Our Big Payback goal this year is $5,000. Please give what you can: $25, $50, $100 or more. If everyone who sees this donates, and then tells their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram friends to do the same, our goal is well within reach.

Wherever you live, I hope you will support us Thursday with a Big Payback donation -- you make everything we do possible.

Thank you for all you do!

Maryanna Clarke
Founder and Artistic Director

Every Brilliant Thing

A child learns that her mother has been hospitalized because, as her father says, “she did something stupid.” She resolves to show her mom that life is worth living, by writing a list of 1,000 “Brilliant Things” on scraps of paper for her mother to find. 

Every Brilliant Thing offers an unflinching view of chronic depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love. Far from being sad or tragic, the play approaches the topic with love and sincerity, with hope and even humor. This unique theater experience involves the audience in the story, evoking empathy, tears, laughter, insight and deep compassion.  Our regional premiere production features actor, storyteller and playwright Becky Wahlstrom



"Wahlstrom - under the sublime direction of TWTP founder and artistic director Maryanna Clarke - delivers a performance that is so vital, so resonant that every line uttered seems profound and essential."
- Jef Ellis,

Praise from audience members:

"Thank you . . . for bringing this piece to Nashville."
"I'm so glad I went . . . thought provoking . . . Becky Wahlstrom did a wonderful job throughout.  What a pleasure!"
". . .high energy, poignant and powerful . . . Becky Wahlstrom is a compelling performer . . ."
". . . totally wonderful and memorable . . . I was completely immersed in this engrossing production."
"It is a lovely play and Becky Wahlstrom did a delightful job . . . Despite the play being about the very important and serious topic of depression, I left the theater with a light heart."
"Another outstanding TWTP show that will stay with me long after I left the theatre last night!"

7:30 pm Feb 22, 23, 28, March 1, 2, 7, 8 & 9
2:30 pm Feb 24, March 3 & 10

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

Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville 37228

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The Twelve Dates of Christmas

A new star shines over the Tennessee Women’s Theater Project holiday special, The Twelve Dates of Christmas! This year, the incomparable Tamiko Robinson Steele stars as Mary. See the Critics' Pick Preview in The Nashville Scene.


"Even if you've seen "The Twelve Dates of Christmas" multiple times, you're certain to find something new and exciting about the 2018 edition." - Jeffrey Ellis, BroadwayWorld Nashville

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. 
This is a limited run show – just 7 performances – so get your tickets early
Opening night – post-performance reception
Join us for sweets and conversation after the opening night performance on Friday, November 30.
Note: Because of adult language, this show is not recommended for small children.









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Today is Giving Tuesday

On Tuesday November 27, please make a Giving Tuesday donation in support of TWTP's mission to present the best in professional theater. We give voice to women through theater arts, paying a living wage to actors and designers, always at affordable prices, including free admission to the clients of agencies that support women at risk. 
We are guided by the assertion of the public theater pioneer Eva Le Galliene, that “The theater should be an instrument for giving, not a machinery for getting.” The mission of Tennessee Women's Theater Project is:
to present theatrical productions of the highest quality to Middle Tennessee audiences
to produce plays that express the human condition in the female voice
to provide acting, directing, design and management opportunities for women in professional theater
to bring live theater to new, underserved audiences
Thank you for supporting our 12 seasons (and more) of inspiring theater!


Election Day is upon us

Election is Tuesday, November 6, and with the registration deadline past, we are offering the ballot information and vote planning tools of Vote Save America. Vote like your future depends on it.

Because it does.





Whether registering or to updating your information, you’ll need to enter your Tennessee driver’s license or Department of Safety and Homeland Security ID number.


TWTP is proud to participate in this voter registration initiative begun by New York’s Playwrights Horizons, and promoted around the country using the hashtag #PlayOurPart.

Women's Work 2018: Our 12th Annual

Beginning September 7, Tennessee Women's Theater Project presents its Twelfth Annual Women's Work festival of performing and visual arts created by women. Running through Sunday September 23 at North Nashville's Looby Theater, the festival cuts a broad swathe across styles and genres to offer eleven completely different programs: poetry and storytelling; staged readings of new plays; film, poetry, dance, comedy, music and a display of visual art pieces. Women's Work is presented with the support of our 2017-2018 Season Sponsor HCA TriStar Healthcare, and individual donors - like you!
Women's Work runs three weekends, from September 7 – 23, 2018, with a different program on each performance date. 
September 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 & 22 at 7:30 pm
September 9, 16 & 23 at 2:30 pm
Individual Tickets: $10
Festival Pass (good for admission to all shows): $60
Mini Pass (good for admission to any 4 shows): $30

Women’s Work 2018 Program Lineup

(as of August 26)

September 7, 7:30 pm – Dance Night: featuring works from choreographers Amanda Cantrell Roche (Blue Moves); Ashlyn Cianciolo; Kavana West, McKay House and Utam Moses; Erin Kouwe; Brandy A. Rogers; Windship Boyd and Beverly Love; Jen-Jen Lin

September 8, 7:30 pm – Theater/One-Woman Shows: Five Junctions of Acceptance: A Love Letter, by Arabelle Pollick; and The Vicious Hillbilly or Dating in the Deep South, by Dawn Larsen

September 9, 2:30 pm – Theater/Staged Reading: Boxes, by Brooke Bryant

September 13, 7:30 pm – Theater/One-Woman Shows: Project 24, by Brandy A. Rogers; Be Fruitful and Multiply, by Tricia Rose Burt

September 14, 7:30 pm – Various Shorts: Mermaid Asylum, by Lainie Marsh and Nishat Mirza; The Revolution of My Voice, by Greta McClain; Circular Emotion, by Mary Donnet-Johnson; It’s Complicated, a sitcom pilot by Emily Steele

September 15, 7:30 pm – Theater/One-Woman Show: If I Dare, by Ginger Newman

September 16, 2:30 pm – Poetry & Comedy! Featuring poets Mimi Pantelides, Colleen McClintock, and Dana Malone; and comics Aleta Myles (hosting the comedy portion of the show), Allison Summers, Melissa McKnight, Shannon Delane, and Britt Beer

September 20, 7:30 pm – Theater/Staged Reading: Seven Bridges Road, by Marilynn Barner Anselmi

September 21, 7:30 pm – Storytelling and Monologues: Sirens of Appalachia, by Dana Malone, Kristen Chapman Gibbons, and Lily Wilson; and Mothers, Wives, Daughters, Sisters, Friends, by Myra Stephens

September 22, 7:30 pm – Musical Tribute: Nina Now, by Destiny Stone

September 23, 2:30 pm – Theater/Staged Reading: Irish Mist, by Bren Dubay

Visual art on display – photography by Nikki Staggs;

painting by Carol Tures