Members of the League of Professional Theatre Women are encouraged to join committees on a volunteer basis to help further the League’s mission. Below you will find a list of currently active committees. Members of the League may also propose a committee they are interested in chairing to the Co-Presidents. For any questions on joining an existing committee or how a committee operates, please contact the Committee Chair.
The mission of this committee is to be a policy action group in public support of the artistic and economic health of women in the performing arts.
The Awards Committee nominates recipients for the following awards: The Lee Reynolds Award, The Ruth Morley Designing Women Award, The Lifetime Achievement Award, and The Josephine Abady award. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given occasionally; the others are given annually.
The Cheer Committee sends congratulations and condolences to members on behalf of the League. If you know of a member to whom it would be appropriate to send a card, note, flowers or fruit basket, please contact Elsa Rael.
In partnership with the Business Community to cultivate alliances and mutual visibility with Corporations, Industry vendors and businesses for sponsors in support of the League. This committee seeks members with those interests.
The Development Committee raises funds for League projects. This Committee seeks members with interest in and knowledge of fundraising, grant writing, and corporate sponsorship.
The Editorial Committee produces WOMEN IN THEATRE, an annual publication devoted to League programs and activities, individual member projects, feature articles of special interest to women in theatre, and excerpts from books by League members. WOMEN IN THEATRE’s editors seek ideas for articles on diverse topics. Good writers and photographers are always in demand.
Founded in 2003, the committee develops contacts with theatre women around the world to broaden awareness of other cultures and promote opportunities here and abroad. We recruit and cultivate affiliates and host them when they visit New York. We encourage and provide support for the formation of a League chapter in affiliates’ respective countries and facilitate dialogue and advocacy for women in theatre across borders. To celebrate our mission, every three years we present the LPTW Gildner/Coigney International Theatre Award.
Julia’s Reading Room
The mission of Julia’s Reading Room is to give League Members an opportunity to hear their projects read in a comfortable and supportive environment. LPTW playwrights, directors, producers and dramaturgs can schedule a reading. Members bring their own works or collaborations (collaborators do not have to be Members) at any stage of development. It can be a cold reading of a new script or fully developed and rehearsed with director and actors. The scheduled Member makes all decisions and determines whether or not she desires an informal discussion after the reading. All readings followed by wine and cheese, meet the playwright and each other. To schedule a reading, contact Gail Kriegel. Monthly Meetings: Tuesday 6:30PM – 8:30 PM at Julia Miles’ apt.
Each year the Lucille Lortel Committee visits theatre productions and makes an award to an aspiring woman who is showing creative promise and deserving of recognition and encouragement. Any League member may recommend a woman who is deserving of consideration for this award so that her work may be seen by the committee.
The Membership Committee convenes each month to propose new members to the Board who meet the criteria for membership in the League. Dues of $150 for full membership and $75 for associate or regional membership are assessed yearly from July 1st to June 30th.
The Mission of the League’s Mentoring Committee is to offer peer-to-peer counsel to members on a wide variety of topics related to their careers in the theatre utilizing the vast reservoir of skill sets available.
The National Committee recruits members throughout the United States for membership in the League. Members who would like to join the National Committee or who have suggestions for possible national members, please contact the Co-Chairs.
The Networking Committee plans events during the year, focusing on special areas of interest to the membership, and hosts “Networking Mondays”. These quarterly social/business gatherings, held on a Monday, are informative, informal opportunities to expand your network. The LPTW Salons are a subcommittee of Networking.
Nominating and Election
The Nomination and Election committee accepts nominations and submits a slate of nominees for the election of officers and board members. The committee also keeps track of terms and is a resource should a board vacancy arise during the year.
The League sponsors programs and activities on a monthly basis from September through June. These activities include theatre parties, panels and workshops, Leadership Lunches and coordinates events with other working League committees, the Coalition, Theatre Development Fund, Theatre Communications Group, the Broadway League, Actors’ Equity Association and the New York City Board of Education.
Research Committee (Ad Hoc)
The purpose of the Research Committee is to handle statistical research projects focussing on women in the theater industry (for example, research on employment of women in various fields).
This new committee meets monthly and was formed to brainstorm new ways for the LPTW to support its members and expand its mission statement.
The Travel Committee was formed in 1996 and plans trips of theatrical, educational and cultural value to its members. If a League member has an idea for a trip and gets the approval of the Committee and the Board, that member would become an Associate Chair for that particular trip.
The purpose of this new committee is to welcome New members, visiting National and International members through informal meet and greets. Can be a liaison with National and International Committees.
This Committee is responsible for orchestrating the year-long 30 Plays Program honoring the League’s 30 Years: A series of theatrical events ranging from intimate readings to larger venue productions, beginning in January and running through December, 2012. Members will curate women-centric plays at a variety of venues local, national and international. Curators will be announced August 1st.
30th Anniversary Committee
The LPTW turns 30 in 2012! This committee has been created to plan for and execute events throughout our 30th Birthday year to celebrate 30 years of achievements and to look forward to many more exciting years ahead.