on her shoulders

NOTE: All events for the 2019-2020 season will be at New Perspectives Studio, 458 West 37th Street, at 10th Avenue

COMING UP: Catherine Trotter (1679-1749) Friday, November 8, 2019


ON HER SHOULDERS was founded in May 2013 to present rehearsed, staged readings of plays by women from across the spectrum of time, with contemporary dramaturgs contextualizing them for modern audiences. The program was incorporated into New Perspectives' Women's Work Project in late 2013 and continues to strive to make it impossible for producers and theatre companies to deny or ignore the 1,000-year history and value of women's contribution to the theatrical canon. Through May 2019, the program has presented 47 plays by 37 writers from circa 965 to 1970 and special events on theatre women in the Suffrage and Radical Theatre Movements.. OHS is produced by Melissa Attebery and Melody BrooksKristin Heckler is Associate Producer.

The Play in Context, the dramaturgical and scholarly presentation component to the program, is sponsored in part by the League of Professional Theatre Women, a non-profit organization promoting visibility and increasing opportunities for women in theatre since 1982.  Beginning in 2019, Play In Context lectures are available on NPTC's You Tube Channel.

OHS History

ON HER SHOULDERS was created by Susan Jonas in association with the New School for Drama in May 2013. Jonas was joined by playwright Andrea Lepcio and actor Lillian Rodriguez in the initial phase of the program. NPTC took over the program that November. The first season, curated by Jonas, offered 10 plays. To accommodate continuing research (especially seeking culturally diverse writers) and tighter schedules at the New School, we began offering four events per season. A book covering the first 3 years was published in 2017 and disseminated to theatre students, practitioners, and historians as an educational tool. We also donated copies to college theatre teachers and to companies that specialize in the "classics" to encourage plays by women. A revised version of the book is in process to add the next three years of writers, and will be available in spring 2020.

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