In the last century, women were at the forefront of lighting design’s major changes, both technological and conceptual, and yet men have dominated its ranks. We look at the history of women in the lighting design field, and talk to current female lighting designers about why a field created by women has such an unequal gender balance.
Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver founded Split Britches and the WOW Café in the East Village, which was a home for and central to the development of feminist and queer theatre. They’re now presenting “Unexploded Ordnances” at La MaMa. We talk with them about how their process for making work has evolved, changes in theatre since the 1980s, their thoughts on not getting the same credit as men, their legacy, and more.
There’s a group of women who have combined their artistic and business skills to create their own businesses in addition to their careers in the theatre. We talked to four of them—Jeanna De Waal, who runs Broadway Weekends, a theatre workshop for adults; Sas Goldberg, who owns Name Glo, a neon sign company; Sydney Morton, who started a party planning business; and Jennifer Laura Thompson, who makes and sells her own jewelry—about their other careers as business women.