Women Centre Stage Symposium

Sphinx Theatre presents Women Centre Stage Symposium

The Women Centre Stage programme continued in February 2019 with the Women Centre Stage Symposium: Are We At The Tipping Point?

After two highly successful Women Centre Stage festivals, Sphinx Theatre presented the Women Centre Stage Symposium; an afternoon event held at Hampstead Theatre, which brought together leading women across the theatre industry for a crucial and timely discussion on gender equality.

Hosted by Rosemary Squire DBE, the afternoon began with a rousing Keynote speech by Jude Kelly OBE speaking from her experience with the global success of Women of the World festival. Following the Keynote there was two panel discussions and a Q&A session with the audience.

The event offered an incredible line up of panellists including Watford Palace Theatre’s Artistic Director Brigid Larmour, GRAEAE’s Artistic Director Jenny Sealey, Sphinx Theatre’s Artistic Director Sue Parrish, Toni Racklin, Head of Theatre and Dance for the Barbican, Director Rebecca Frecknall, academic Jennifer Tuckett, actor Cherrelle Skeete and playwrights April de Angelis, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, Winsome Pinnock and Timberlake Wertenbaker.

Audiences joined the debate both in person and online: #wcstippingpoint #womencentrestage

Women Centre Stage Symposium was sponsored by Nick Hern Books and supported by Arts Council England and Hampstead Theatre. Our Media Partner for the event was The Stage. Other partners include: Stage Directors UK, Equity, Era 50:50, University Women in the Arts and The Writers’ Guild.

The Women Centre Stage Symposium continues the development of the Women Centre Stage project, produced by Sphinx Theatre. This new stage consists of the symposium followed by a regional programme working with theatres across the UK to make more and better roles for women. The Women Centre Stage project will include work on a research project led by Sphinx Theatre and PHD researcher Jennifer Tuckett into the representation of women in the industry.

More information on this research project is available here

More information this year’s forthcoming Women in Theatre forum is available here


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