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  • Town Hall Open Discussion: Gender Parity
    December 20, 2022
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Town Hall (live): Gender Parity. Are We There Yet?

Tuesday, December 20 - networking at 6:30 pm, open forum starts at 7:00pm ET
Polaris North Theatre, 245 W. 29th Street, 4th floor, NYC

Our return to our live monthly panels/discussions, with a simultaneous streaming for our friends outside of New York City. (Everyone should receive the zoom link when you register. If you don't receive it, email TRUnltd@aol.com to request link.)

Co-hosted by Malini Singh McDonald, of Theatre Beyond Broadway and Black Henna Productions, director and producer; Porsche McGovern, lighting designer and researcher; Lorca Peress, founder/artistic director of MultiStages, advocate for women in theater and an equity and diversity activist; Martha Wade Steketee, critic and dramaturg and author of the Women Count Report Series in a project founded by Judith Binus. Moderated by Cheryl L. Davis and Bob Ost of TRU.

TRU monthly conversations continue about issues of current cultural significance. We turn our attention to the ongoing uphill battle for gender equality, a fight that has been part of our political fabric for generations, and continues to influence and impact the arts and specifically, for us, theater. Malini will share her experiences as both a woman and a woman of color, and the hurdles she must continually overcome.  Martha will focus on the ongoing importance of tracking employment by gender and other statistical explorations of practices in our business. Lorca will share her advocacy work for women in theater, as well for diversity. And we will talk about expanding our definitions of gender and adding "nonbinary" to our conversations. There's much work to be done, and it all starts with awareness.

Attendees are encouraged to talk about their own experiences with gender discrimination. TRU offers this as an opportunity for everyone to learn from and find ways to support each other while exploring initiatives that might bring us closer to genuine gender parity. All attendees are welcome to participate in this conversation.

Doors open at 6:30pm for networking and roundtable introductions of everyone in the room – come prepared with your best 20-second summary of who you are, and what you need. The Open Forum will start at 7:00pm. Free for TRU members and not-for-profit theater companies; $15 for non-members. Please use the bright red reservation box here on our web page, or email or phone at least a day in advance (or much sooner): e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com / phone 833-506-5550