Mildred's Umbrella Theatre Launches Power2give Campaign to Support THE WOMEN'S PROJECT

Mildred's Umbrella Theatre Launches Power2give Campaign to Support THE WOMEN'S PROJECT

Mildred's Umbrella Theatre Company has started a Power2give campaign through Houston Arts Alliance.

In the past few years, the company hsa realized that they are doing more work by women and giving more women opportunities in every area of theatre than most companies in the entire country. Recently, Mildred's added this focus to its official mission, so expect that number to go even higher.

For more information about the campaign, visit http://power2give.org/Houston/Project/Detail?projectId=7220.

ABOUT Mildred's Umbrella and THE PROJECT:

In 14 years Mildred's Umbrella has done 36 plays - 28% were written by women (ten points over the U.S. industry average) We have employed 260 actors to fill roles - 52% were roles for womenWe have employed 281 techs (including directors and designers) - 42% were women.

18%. That's how many plays written by women were produced in the U.S. in 2009.
(source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/24/theater/24play.html?_r=0,)

20% That's how many women work in theatre professionally.
(source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women's_Project_Theater)2:1 That's the average representation of men to women.

60% That's the average percentage of female theatre-goers.
(source: http://womenandhollywood.com/2010/03/16/text-of-theresa-rebeck-laura-pels-keynote-address/)

Do you see a problem with this picture? We sure do. We want theater participation to be 50/50 by 2020.

So we launched The Women's Project. A series of four short-run plays focusing on female playwrights, actors, directors, stage crew and feminine themes. But we didn't stop there. We found charities dedicated to women's issues to partner with and will donate a portion of the proceeds to them.

Your donation to this project will help us in our endeavor to achieve gender parity in theater. Your generous gift will enable us to pay a real wage to female artists and donate a larger portion of our ticket sales to our partner charities - the Houston Women's Center and AssistHers.

For more information, visit www.mildredsumbrella.com.

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