Angela Astle | Breakout Session
Angela will be presenting with Courtney Cauthon in a roundtable style breakout session entitles, "The Status of Women in Theatre in the Rocky Mountain Region". This past year the Dramatist Guild and the Lilly Awards provided us with a great resource in their publication of "The Count", a survey of who, based on gender and race, is getting produced in American Theatres. While "The Count" gives us a broad picture of the state of women playwrights in American Theatre, it does not fully capture what is happening within distinct graphical regions.
Athena Project is excited to be conducting a survey of the theatres across the Rocky Mountain Region in order to provide us with a clearer picture of the state of women in theatre in the Rocky Mountain Region. By including within our criteria the smaller theatres that thrive in our communities and also taking into consideration the leadership roles that women play within our theatre communities, Athena Project's survey will provide metadata to use in conjunction with the data collected by national surveys.
Athena Project will present the findings of their survey during this breakout session. Additionally, Athena Project will lead a discussion around practical steps to creating more equal representation of women within the regional communities - the goal being the establishment of "best practices" and recommendations that can be put to use locally.
Angela Astle is the Founder and Executive Producer of Athena Project, a nonprofit organization that seeks to embrace, encourage and empower female artists. Angela is also a director, producer and literary manager. Angela made her New York directorial debut Spring 2008 with Retro Productions' Mill Fire (nominated for five NYITA awards). One year later, she was the Director of Flux Theatre Ensemble's critically acclaimed Pretty Theft, written by Adam Szymkowicz, which received a very favorable New York Times review. In New York, she directed numerous never-produced-before plays at Manhattan Theatre Source, The Workshop Theatre, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre/Playwrights Horizons, and Off Broadway at Theatre 80. She also has directed and produced three shows in three different festivals in New York in addition to working as a Venue Manager and Script Reader for the New York International Fringe Festival (2007 & 2008). Upon returning to Denver in Spring of 2010, Angela began talking to other female artists about creating a female focused arts festival and Athena was born.
Angela's Denver directing credits include A View From the Bridge (Edge Theatre), The Laramie Project (Evergreen Players), and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Edge Theatre) for which she won an Edgy and Marlowe Best Director award. She has also directed The Familiars, a new holiday play commissioned by Ellen K. Graham for The Edge, and is currently working on American Girls by Hilary Bettis. In addition, she has produced 2 other festivals celebrating the work of local playwrights and numerous staged readings. She has enjoyed developing new plays for the past 8 years and continues to run a program of monthly workshops at The Edge Theatre which gets the work of local playwrights on its feet. She is the Literary Manager at Aurora Fox Theatre and a member of the Rocky Mountain PBS Women and Girls Lead Advisory Council. Angela is an alumni of University of Colorado at Denver with a degree in Business and Theatre and a proud member of the 2009 Lincoln Center Directors Lab.