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Conference explores issue of women in theater

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

Leading female scholars, artists and theater professionals will examine questions about the exclusion of women from positions of power and visibility in the American theater industry in a conference set for 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

"Women in Theater: Issues for the 21st Century" will explore concerns such as research indicating that plays by women are less frequently produced now than they were at the turn of the 20th century as well as the fact that more women have won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in recent years but few women have won Tony Awards for playwrighting and directing.

Jill Dolan, professor of English and theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts, organized the conference along with Stacy Wolf, associate professor of theater; Tamsen Wolff, associate professor of English; and Mara Isaacs, producing director of the McCarter Theatre Center.

"The panelists differ from one another by generation, race, class, professional background and experience, as well as the political and ideological perspectives they bring to bear on their work," Dolan said. "What unites them/us may well be one of the more interesting questions to be discussed during the conference."

The conference is timed to honor Emily Mann as she celebrates her 20th anniversary as artistic director of the McCarter Theatre Center.

The event is sponsored by the Lewis Center, the Gardner Fund of the Council of the Humanities, the Program in American Studies, the Department of English, the Program in the Study of Women and Gender, the Center for African American Studies and the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies.

Registration is closed, but a wait line will be available at the start of the event.

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