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Women's Work 2018 - call for submissions

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: All entries must be postmarked by July 15 25, 2018
In September, 2018, Tennessee Women’s Theater Project will present the Twelfth 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 2018.
The deadline for submissions is July 15 25, 2018 – 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 September 7 – 23, 2018, with a different program on each performance date. 
Performances will be held:
September 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 & 22 at 7:30 pm
September 9, 16 & 23 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.

The Revolutionists, by Lauren Gunderson

Final Performance Sunday, May 20

Tennessee Women's Theater Project presents the regional premiere of "The Revolutionists." Lauren Gunderson's seriously funny comedic quartet introduces four badass women, trying to navigate the cauldron of political affairs - in the shadow of the guillotine -  at the height of the French Reign of Terror. Together they form an unlikely alliance to fight for liberté, égalité - et sororité (liberty, equality - and sisterhood!). 

“ . . . in the capable hands of Tennessee Women’s Theater Project, this ‘revolutionary dream fugue’ comes to life in marvelous fashion. Fresh, funny and surprisingly uplifting, it also offers a great evening of theater.”
- Amy Stumpfl, The Tennessean

Our cast features Corinne Bupp as Charlotte Corday, soon to be convicted as the murderer of Jean Paul Marat, Corrie Maxwell as Olympe de Gouges, a playwright battling writer's block, Aleta Myles as Marianne Angelle, a free black woman fighting her own revolution in the French colony of Ste. Domingue, and Jennifer Richmond as Marie Antoinette - yes, THAT one. WATCH A VIDEO PREVIEW

May 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 & 19 at 7:30 pm
May 6, 13 & 20 at 2:30 pm

Adults $20, Students & Seniors (60+) $15
All seats $10 on Thursday evenings
Location: Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville 37228










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TWTP featured in FlightNetwork blog

We're pleased to be included in the Flight Network's recent 72 Hours in Nashville feature. Response to our social media posts about the article was enthusiastic, and we hope tourists planning a trip to town will seek us out for the remaining performances of The Revolutionists, our Women's Work Festival in September, and our holiday show, The Twelve Dates of Christmas. Thanks!

Natural Shocks, by Lauren Gunderson

April 20 — 12 noon
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Room 202 Light Hall

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Friday April 20, 2018, is the 19th anniversary of Columbine, and  the day of the National School Walkout. On that day and the weekend that follows, more than 40 theaters nationwide will present readings of Natural Shocks by Lauren Gunderson, one of the most-produced playwrights on the American stage. 

Tennessee Women's Theater Project is proud to participate, with a reading performed by Brittany Childers Nelson at noon on April 20, hosted by the Office of Health Sciences Education of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. 
Based on Hamlet's "To be or not to be," Natural Shocks is a new 65-minute, one-woman play that bursts to life when we meet a woman waiting out an approaching tornado in her basement. She overflows with quirks, stories, and a final secret that puts the reality of guns in America in your very lap.

It's Big Payback Time

Wednesday 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 Wednesday any time. This link will be good ONLY Wednesday May 2!

Your donation is vital to our financial health  

Here's a snapshot of why we need your support: Our recent 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 Wednesday with a Big Payback donation -- you make everything we do possible.

Thank you for all you do!

Maryanna Clarke
Founder and Artistic Director

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:

Help TWTP Today!

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.

Donate now via PayPal

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.

Help Spread The Word

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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