The League of Professional Theatre Women’s ongoing Oral History Project preserves the legacies of three great theatre women, across all theatrical disciplines.
Oral History, founded and produced for 26 years by Betty Corwin (who recently retired at 97), is currently produced by Ludovica Villar-Hauser in association with Sophia Romma, and is an ongoing program of the League of Professional Theatre Women, in partnership with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, which chronicles and documents the contributions of significant theatre women in all fields.
This year, 600 audience members will be inspired by these women’s stories, but the number of theatre artists and scholars who will be galvanized by seeing the tapes of these interviews in the future is immeasurable.
The LPTW Oral History events have previously featured interviews with such notables as Daryl Roth, Phylicia Rashad, Frances McDormand, Billie Allen, Paula Vogel, Laura Linney, Baayork Lee, Patti LuPone, Carmen DeLavallade, Tyne Daly, Bebe Neuwirth, Mercedes Ruehl, Kia Corthron, Christine Ebersole, Chita Rivera, Daryl Roth, and many others.
Baayrok Lee interviewed by Robert Viagas, February 2018
Billie Allen interviewed by Phylicia Rashad.
Paula Vogel, interviewed June 2017.
Carmen de Lavallade interviewed by Deborah Jowitt, June 2016.
Judith Light interviewed by Leigh Silverman, October 2016.
The full list of Oral History interviewees includes: Jane Alexander, Billie Allen, Elizabeth Ashley, Phoebe Brand, Zoe Caldwell, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Marge Champion, Betty Comden, Betty Corwin, Jean Dalrymple, Tyne Daly, Carmen De Lavallade, Christine Ebersole, Zelda Fichandler, Madeline Gilford, Sondra Gorney, Uta Hagen, Susan Hilferty, Judy Kaye, Linda Lavin, Baayork Lee, Rosetta LeNoire, Judith Light, Laura Linney, Anna Louizos, Judith Malina, Lisa March, Ruth Mayleas, Elizabeth McCann, Frances McDormand, Julia Miles, Charlotte Moore, Donna Murphy, Bebe Neuwirth, Lynn Nottage, Chita Rivera, Mary Rodgers, Ann Roth, Daryl Roth, Mercedes Ruehl, Carole Shelley, Lois Smith, Frances Sternhagen, Elaine Stritch, Kathleen Turner, Paula Vogel, and Jennifer Von Mayrhauser.
This program is made possible, in part, with funds from the NYS Council on the Arts, a state agency, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. The Oral History Project also enjoys continued support from the Edith Meiser Foundation.