Women's Month: Top 5 Women in Theatre
The early days of theatre used to be a place reserved only for men. Sure, women were allowed to attend plays, but female directors, producers, writers and even actors were unheard of. Oh how things have changed. Here are five women that are redefining the theatre industry with their innovative visions and refreshing perspective from the inside out.
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A Pulitzer Prize winning writer, Suzan-Lori Parks is most notably known for her play, “Topdog/Underdog,” a dark comedy that centers around the life of two African-American brothers and their struggles. Her play originally debuted off-Broadway and included cast members such as Don Cheadle and Jeffrey Wright, but was revered by critics and received an extended run on Broadway. In 2008 she was awarded the NAACP Theatre Award for “Ray Charles Live! A New Musical.”
Anna Louizos was nominated for a Tony Award for her sets in the musicals “In the Heights” and “High Fidelity.” Her set designs have also been featured in plays such as “Avenue Q”, which opened on Broadway and won three Tony Awards, and in several episodes of “Sex and the City” in 2003.
A newcomer in the theatre industry, De'Vine Joy Randolph stunned critics and audiences with her breakout role as Oda Mae Brown in the Broadway production of “Ghost the Musical.” She was nominated for the 2012 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical and the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance.
The St. Croix native is a director and writer of the play “The Mountaintop,” her first which debuted at the Philadelphia Theatre Company. Patricia McGregor got her start in Harlem where her work has been widely praised and featured at The Apollo and the Harlem Stage.
May Adrales is a freelance theatre director based out of New York. She is the director of “Dance and the Railroad,” which debuted last month at the Signature Theatre in New York. Her talent has allowed her to teach at several prestigious institutions such as include Juilliard, New York University and Bard College.