Theatre makers act on gender parity

LA-based group The Kilroys release a list of highly recommended new plays by female playwrights.
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A scene from Return to Earth by Lally Katz, one of the few Australian female playwrights whose work is regularly produced on main stages. Photo: Jeff Busby.

The list of plays was generated by surveying 127 influential American theatre-makers, including artistic directors, literary managers, professors, producers, directors and dramaturgs, each of whom had read or seen at least 40 new works in the last year and who then voted for the best work they had encountered in the past year.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts