The League of Professional Theatre Women’s ongoing Oral History Project preserves the legacies of three great theatre women, across all theatrical disciplines.

The Oral History project, in which a great theatre woman is interviewed by the interviewer of their choice to discuss their life and career, is videotaped for posterity at the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

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.


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Baayrok Lee interviewed by Robert Viagas, February 2018


Billie Allen interviewed by Phylicia Rashad.


Paula Vogel, interviewed June 2017.

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Carmen de Lavallade interviewed by Deborah Jowitt, June 2016.

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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, Chita Rivera, Mary Rodgers, Ann Roth, Daryl Roth, Mercedes Ruehl, Carole Shelley, Frances Sternhagen, Elaine Stritch, Kathleen Turner, Paula Vogel, and Jennifer Von Mayrhauser.

This program is made possible, in part, with public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and 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.