Wendy Franz | Breakout Session
Wendy is joined by Hadley Kamminga-Peck for a session called "Gender-flipping Shakespeare: joys, challenges, and the bottom line"
About this session: Over the past five years the Colorado Shakespeare Festival has sought to improve gender parity and increase diversity and inclusion in its casting of the festival season. Gender-flipping traditionally male lead characters within Shakespeare’s canon has been a powerful tool in this effort. We’ll discuss integrating a gender parity goal with conceptualization, resultant ripple effects of non-traditional casting, and case studies that debunk myths about strong women and ticket sales.
Wendy Franz has produced and directed numerous theatrical productions in the Rocky Mountain region and currently serves as Managing Director of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Producing credits include the Ubuntu African Dance Festival for the Dept. of Theatre & Dance at CU Boulder and over 20 productions for Denver's critically acclaimed Paragon Theatre. Directing credits include Richard III and Equivocation (Colorado Shakespeare Festival), Gidion's Knot (square product theatre and Goddess Here Productions), the 2010 Denver Post Ovation Award-winning production of The Real Thing, the regional premiere of Jez Butterworth's The Night Heron, the world premiere of Ellen K. Graham's How We May Know Him, the regional premieres of Sailor's Song and Buicks, as well as Look Back in Anger, and No Exit (Paragon Theatre). Wendy trained at the Santa Fe Opera, Little Theatre of the Rockies, and Curious Theatre and earned her degree in Directing and Design Technology from the University of Northern Colorado.