Women Playwrights International (WPI) is an international not-for-profit and non-governmental networking organization for women playwrights. Their goals are to extend opportunities for international networking; to increase production opportunities; to encourage the development of craft; to defend the right to engender artistic forms; to encourage informed critique; and to advocate against censorship and political persecution for women playwrights of all races, classes, ages, ethnic, or religious background, sexual preferences, and women with disabilities.
I was lucky enough to attend the WPI Conference in Sweden in 2012. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet playwrights from all around the world, see their work and participate in discussions. I have been asked to help coordinate writers and plays from the UK for the 2018 Conference in Chile.
As a non-funded organisation where everyone is volunteering, the delegates and selected playwrights must fund their own trip, accommodation conference ticket (which includes daily lunch and all events) and all other expenses, though you may be able to apply for funding given the long lead-in. The conference will be held in Spanish (with simultaneous presentation in English), so there will also be a cost for work to be translated into Spanish.
The conference takes place in Santiago, Chile from October 7th until October 12th, 2018.
The overall theme is: territory, society and female playwriting. The conference will encompass: play readings; round tables; stagings; workshops; opening and closing ceremonies; documentary screenings; guided visits; concerts; and a visit to Valparaíso, as well as informal networking evenings in the bar!
They are looking for plays (or excerpts of plays) from UK female playwrights of no more than 40-50 minutes. The plays should address one of the following themes: Alimentation and access to potable water; Territory; Bodies; Memories; Wars and armed conflicts; Natural resources; or, Ancestral voices.
You can of course attend the conference without presenting your work and it’s a great way to meet other female playwrights. If you want to keep up-to-date with the conference planning sign up for the newsletter: firstname.lastname@example.org
UK based playwrights who are interested in showing work at the conference as well as attending, please send the following information in one PDF to email@example.com by 10 January 2017.
- One page bio.
- One page synopsis of the play and which theme it relates to and type of audience (family, adult).
- Complete text of the play.