Honest Accomplice Theatre Presents ENGINEERS NOT FOUND at The Tank
From the food we eat, to the cars we drive (and that increasingly drive themselves!), to the medical innovations that save the lives of those we care about, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) shape our everyday lives. Yet, only 14% of the STEM workforce are women, and data does not even exist on trans people.
Why aren't women and trans folks entering or staying in a such an important field? Some people say that women don't like these fields or that there are no trans people to hire. But that's not it. What is happening?
Through devised scenes and non-fictional testimony from +25 engineers, ENGINEERS NOT FOUND explores the experiences of cis women and trans people in STEM to surface issues surrounding bias, sexual harassment, the glass ceiling, and gender parity.
DEVELOPMENT: With support from The Ford Foundation Good Neighbor Committee, Honest Accomplice is premiering ENGINEERS NOT FOUND this March. Combining verbatim testimony from Kristin Rose Kelly's A CHIP ON HER SHOULDER with original devised scenes, Honest Accomplice is exploring how gender representation in Engineering is a microcosm for society as a whole. In 2014, Kristen Rose Kelly conducted interviews with engineering students, faculty, and professionals at Virginia Tech. Kelly then joined forces with Honest Accomplice to host developmental readings and interview sessions at City College's Grove School of Engineering, Queens College/CERRU, and Columbia University's National Society of Black Engineers. Now with an ensemble of 11 cis women and trans people, HAT brings this premiere to The Tank.
Inspired by and including interviews from: A CHIP ON HER SHOULDER by Kristin Rose Kelly
Created and Performed by: Amy Ackerman, Zora Iman Crews, Meggan Dodd, Jing Dong, Leslieann Eccles, Eden Eernissee, Caroline Kittredge Faustine, Catherine Fisher, Jordan Ho, Ashley Lauren Rogers, Rachel Weekley
Creative Team: Margaret Baughman (Dramaturg), Zeynep Akca (Stage Manager), Sami Binder (Assistant Stage Manager/Props), Teresa Lotz & Naomi Matlow (Original Music & Lyrics), Caroline Kittredge Faustine (Sound Design), Hannah Cook (Set Design), Megan Rutherford (Costume Design), Christian Specht (Lighting Design), Noah Dalton (Assistant Lighting Design), Amy Ackerman & Margaret Baughman(Lobby installation), Daisy Phillips (Producer's Assistant)
HONEST ACCOMPLICE THEATRE Honest Accomplice Theatre's (HAT) mission is to create original theater and media that expands the way women and trans people are seen by others and by themselves. We deliver on this mission by exploring topics that are often silenced, seen as shameful, or portrayed as one-dimensional, to drive individual acceptance and incite community dialogue on issues pertaining to woman and trans people. To increase our impact, we tour to community centers, colleges, high schools, and senior centers.
We develop artistic work that provides truthful and expansive representations of cis women and trans people to validate, educate and create empathy for those who have experiences different from our own. By bringing these stories, themes, challenges and biases to the forefront we challenge false narratives, combat the rising tide of misogyny and transphobia, and create a more inclusive world
THE TANK The Tank is a non-profit arts presenter serving emerging artists engaged in the pursuit of new ideas and forms of expression. We serve over 2,000 artists every year in over 800 performances in our new home on 36th Street, and work across all disciplines, including theater, comedy dance, film music, public affairs, and storytelling. Our goal is to foster an environment of inclusiveness and remove the burden of cost from the creation of new work for artists launching their careers and experimenting within their art form. We keep ticket prices affordable and view our work as democratic, opening up both the creation and attendance of the arts to all. www.thetanknyc.org