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.

  • Advocacy

    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.

  • Auction Committee

    Auction Committee, co-chaired by Pat Addiss and Mari Lyn Henry, is an annual online fundraiser for the League’s programs. We welcome volunteers who are able to acquire items prior to the launch date of the auction and its duration which is usually about six weeks.  In 2015 the auction will occur in the spring, exact dates to be determined.  The minimum value of any prize must be $50.  If interested in becoming a member of the committee contact paddiss@gmail.com ormarilyn.henry2@gmail.com.

  • Awards

    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.

  • Cheer

    The Cheer Committee sends congratulations and condolences to Friends of the League and 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 Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy.

  • Communications Committee

    We want to let the world know about all of the great things happening at the LPTW! The Communications Committee is dedicated to effectively spreading the LPTW’s mission by engaging the outside community while simultaneously building strong lines of communication within the League. Through active social media, an enewsletter promoting upcoming events, blogging and publicity, we help encourage relationships between the LPTW and the greater theatre community. If you would like to help us share the voice of LPTW, join the Communications Committee by contacting admin@theatrewomen.org.

  • Corporate Sponsorship

    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.

  • Development

    The Development Committee raises funds for League projects. This Committee seeks members with interest in and knowledge of fundraising, grant writing, and corporate sponsorship.

  • Editorial

    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.

  • Heritage Committee

    THE HERITAGE COMMITTEE, co-chaired by Mari Lyn Henry and Karen Eterovich, develops, researches and presents a series of programs celebrating the legacy of theatre women from the nineteenth century and early twentieth century.  The overall objective is to bring together historical scholarship on the people, circumstances and societal forces that shaped the modern era, along with a performance element that allows the voices of these innovative figures to be heard again by modern audiences.

    Stage Struck: From Kemble To Kate, which debuted at the Snapple Theater Center in December, 2013,  celebrates famous actresses of the past and was produced by the Society For the Preservation of Theatrical History, founded by Mari Lyn Henry, to include solo performances from five illustrious women. A sixteen page Study Guide is supported by the League of Professional Theatre Women to enrich the historical and educational objectives of these programs.

    Legendary Lives, produced in December, 2012 focused on the contributions of Hallie Flanagan, Edna Ferber and Sarah Bernhardt.

    We encourage our actresses, directors, dramaturgs and theatre historians to become involved in the development of future programs. If interested please contact marilyn.henry2@gmail.com or Karen_eterovich@hotmail.com

  • International

    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

    Julia’s Reading Room, developed by Julia Miles, founder of the Women’s Project (New York City), provides the unique opportunity for any League member to hear and observe their early work read by professional actors for the purpose of further development. The readings take place in a friendly informal living room environment in front of a small, supportive, invited audience, with discussion.  Wine and cheese are served.   League members who wish to schedule may contact Wendy Peace and Penny Jackson atJRR@theatrewomen.org.  Slots will be chosen by lottery throughout the season. JRR is located at Ellen Perecman’s apartment at 670 West End Ave, #16A, New York City (entrance between 93rd and Broadway). To attend guests must RSVP to JRR@theatrewomen.org   Limited audience, by invitation only.

  • Lucille Lortel

    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.

  • Membership

    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.

  • Mentoring

    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.

  • National

    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.

  • Networking

    Quarterly Networking Mondays: Peer to Peer Networking, Panels of Industry Professionals with an audience Q & A.  Come and join your peers, expand your networks, and bring a potential new member!

  • Networking Committee Salon Series

    The Salon Series, a sub-committee of The Networking Committee, provides members with a fun opportunity to share, explore, and discuss individual projects in an informal setting.  League members are encouraged to bring friends and colleagues who are not members to familiarize them with the League’s mission and all of its opportunities.
  • 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.

  • Programming

    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).

  • Think-Tank Committee

    This committee strategizes about big-picture and out-of-the-box ways LPTW can serve its members and fulfill its mission.

  • Travel

    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.

  • Welcome Committee

    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.

  • 30 Plays

    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.