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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 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 grants from Metro Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission and The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

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Roster as of April 24, 2017

Friday May 5, 7:30 pm – Musical Theater: Another Round, music and lyrics by Julie Forester & Kirsti Manna, book by Bill Feehely

Saturday May 6, 7:30 pm – Theater: staged reading of Revisiting Wildfire, by Kari Floren

Sunday May 7, 2:30 pm – Feature Film: Black Holler. Written by Heidi Ervin, Rachel Ward and Jason Berg, and filmed in the Nashville area with a local cast and crew, Black Holler had a staged screenplay reading at Women's Work in 2015.

Wednesday May 10, 7:30 pm – FREE Special Event: 50/50 Day, a special short film, online discussion and educational event and live talkback. Everyone is invited to join in this global conversation about what it will take to get to a more gender-balanced world in all sectors of society: business, politics, culture, home, and more.

Thursday May 11, 7:30 pm – Theater: One Woman Show: Last Nights of the King, written and performed by Katie Del ROcco.

Friday May 12, 7:30 pm – Theater: staged reading of Donor 63125, by six-time Women's Work presenter Marilynn Barner Anselmi

Saturday May 13, 7:30 pm – Dance Night: featuring works from Jen Jen Lin; Kristen Teffeteller; Brandy Rogers; Windship Boyd; Maria Maggipinto; Willow McNeal; Stephanie Miller; Megan White; Emilia Stuart; Summer Shack; and Marci Murphree's newREASONs Dance Ensemble

Sunday May 14, 2:30 pm – 11th Annual Mother's Day Poetry, with Shannon Clark; Jennifer Mobley; Barbara Russell; Olivia Timberlake and a spoken word presentation by Brandy Rogers

Thursday May 18, 7:30 pm – Theater: One Woman Show: Collections, written and performed by Allison Summers

Friday May 19, 7:30 pm – Program To Be Announced

Saturday May 20, 7:30 pm – Performance Art: Earth Tone, a performance piece by Thandiwe Shiphrah and Daniel Arite

Sunday May 21, 2:30 pm – Theater: Short Plays, Film, Stories and More: Diaries of a Broken Heart, 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 film by Amy Scatliff; Sopresa/Suprise, by five-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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Free Reading of The Taming

Please join us at noon on Friday, January 20 in the Banner Room at the Nashville Public Library Main Branch for a free reading of The Taming, by Lauren Gunderson. It's a laugh-a-minute mash up of beauty pageants, contemporary partisan politics, and the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Perfect for Inauguration Day!
TWTP produced The Taming in 2015, and we're thrilled to be able to be partners with the Nashville library in offering this free reading.Two of our original cast members, Colette Divine (Patricia) and Brooke Gronemeyer (Catherine), will reprise their roles for the reading. They'll be joined by Leah Fincher (who stage managed our 2015 production) as Bianca. Actor, playwright and TWTP alum Becky Wahlstrom will read the stage directions.
Ours is one of nearly 50 readings taking place nationwide on Inauguration Day, thanks to the generosity of the playwright, Lauren Gunderson, who is allowing us all to present The Taming royalty-free!

The clock is ticking down

We're honored to announce that TWTP appears in the 2016 Gift Guide: 8 Theatre Companies to Support this Holiday Season assembled by SHE WRIGHTS. The eight companies include five in New York City, one in St. Louis, one in San Francisco, and Tennessee Women's Theater Project!

As the year-end deadline draws near, I hope you will consider making a tax-deductible gift to support TWTP.

Thank you for all you do. Wishing you joy in the New Year,

Maryanna Clarke
Founder and Artistic Director


The Twelve Dates of Christmas

Thanks to all who enjoyed our holiday show! Stay tuned for news on our first musical, "Sistas: The Musical," by Dorothy Marcic, coming in February 2017!

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 now-annual Holiday special. Note: Because of adult language, this show is not recommended for small children.

Dates: December 2 – 11, 2016

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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

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TWTP Presents Annapurna

Final Performances - Saturday 10/22 at 7:30 pm and Sunday 10/23 at 2:30 pm.

Plenty of seats remain. Come on down!

Our season opens October 7 with an official Artober event, another in a long string of regional premieres: Annapurna, by Sharr White. Twenty years ago, in the middle of the night, Emma walked out on her husband, the rough-hewn cowboy poet Ulysses. Now she shows up at his filthy trailer in the Colorado Rockies, to discover that he’s a mess: hooked up to an oxygen tank, wearing just an apron, and frying breakfast sausage. Their reunion, an alternately funny and touching mixture of old battles and enduring compassion, stirs up the worst and best elements of their former bond.

We're proud to bring back two of Nashville's most accomplished actors for our Tenth Anniversary Season opener:

TWTP's production of "Annapurna" stars Holly Butler and Alan LeeHolly Butler (Emma) joins us for her third appearance with TWTP. Her previous roles on our stage include Mother in The Disappearance of Janey Jones (2012) and Masha in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2014).

Alan Lee (Ulyssesreturns to Nashville from his Lafitte, Louisiana home base for his second role with TWTP. Alan appeared in the opening production of our first full season of shows at the Looby Theater,  2007's Defying Gravity.

"Smart, honest and terribly human." Holly Butler "walks a fine line between acerbic wit and genuine anguish" and Alan Lee is "the perfect 'zen cowboy poet'".
-- Amy Stumpfl, The Tennessean
These "broken characters [earn] the viewer’s empathy, never allowing sentiment to overpower the edginess of their precarious emotional situation."
-- Martin Brady, Nashville Scene

Dates: October 7 – 23, 2016

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Announcing our Tenth Anniversary Season

Tennessee Women’s Theater Project celebrates a milestone with the announcement of its productions for 2016-17: this is the company’s Tenth Anniversary season in North Nashville’s Looby Theater on Rosa L. Parks Boulevard.

“It’s been a roller coaster,” says company Founder and Artistic Director Maryanna Clarke. “Parts of every season are like the long, grinding ride to the top, as we choose plays, review festival submissions and do all the behind-the-scenes work of running a nonprofit professional theater. Then, it’s audition and rehearsal time, and suddenly we’re back in the exciting – sometimes scary – race toward another opening night.”

The Tenth Anniversary Season includes two plays, a musical, and the annual Women’s Work Festival of performing and visual arts created by women. The complete calendar:

Annapurna, by Sharr White, October 7 – 23, 2016

The Twelve Dates of Christmas, by Ginna Hoben, December 2 – 11, 2016

Sistas: The Musical, by Dorothy Marcic, February 17 – March 5, 2017

Women's Work 2017, May 5 – 21, 2017  

Help us finish strong!

  What a year it's been!

Our fiscal year ends August 31. Here's what you helped us accomplish this year:

  • 3 regional premieres!
  • Our first ever Holiday show, starring the amazing Rebekah Durham (the show returns in December!)
  • The return of our free after-school drama classes at the Looby
  • A reading of our 3rd commissioned play, A Modern Day Quilt, by Becky Wahlstrom


We believe artists should be paid well; we believe that the cost of a ticket should not be a barrier to experiencing theater. So, there is always a gap between ticket revenue and production expenses -- one that must be filled.  We need your help to FINISH STRONGOur 10th Anniversary Season is coming up next, and your donation will help make it our best so far.‚Äč

We can't do it without you. Yes - YOU!

Repeat Donors

To those who give regularly to TWTP, we thank you. We hope you'll continue to support our work, and donate now.


For those considering their first gift, we're delighted and grateful. We encourage you to start today - many people begin with a donation of $25. Please don't delay. Donate now while it's fresh in mind, and then tell a friend about us.

Make It Monthly

Your monthly donation will help TWTP without straining your budget. Simply visit the donation page, and check the box under Make This Recurring.  For as little as the cost of a coffee a month, you can help us make a difference all year long.

Women's Work - 10th Annual Festival

Women's Work 2016 has left the building. See you all next year! Are you thinking of presenting in 2017? Get your stuff ready! Our call for submissions will go out shortly after Thanksgiving.

Our 10th Anniversary Season opens in October 2016. For early word on the three plays we will present, please join our mailing list.