The Strand Theater is a community theater dedicated to providing opportunities for women artists, writers, designers and directors.
The Strand Theater is a community theater dedicated to providing opportunities for women artists, writers, designers and directors. With a focus on producing original works, the Strand hopes to foster a love of theater for a new generation of patrons.
Meet the Strand Theater Company:
Theater has long been considered a male pastime. Shakespeare, who is still considered the most influential playwright in theater's history, wrote works during an age when women were banned from the stage. Throughout the centuries, women writers have not been offered the same publishing opportunities as men. Theater has been saturated with male voices. Plays often focus on the struggles men face; women characters are secondary to all plot points. The result is fewer roles for women, and fewer significant roles for women. The 1990's offered a dramatic influx of female voices to the stage. The male standbys were replaced by progressive women, willing to explore theater in a revolutionary way. We wish to celebrate these trail blazers and pledge to bring these voices to the forefront.
Theater is part of our past and embedded in our culture. We believe it has remarkable power to affect change in the human spirit. Theater is alive. The audience participates in a way that is unique to any art form. For two hours, a room full of people dedicate themselves to listening to a story of the human experience. Sometimes an audience will walk away changed, with a new set of ideas, and sometimes they will walk away upset, completely disagreeing with the playwright's point of view. Either way, the performance has evoked an emotion. At least, that is how we think theater should be.
The Strand dedicates itself to using new theater techniques, and throwing the book out on old conventions. Our productions bear relevance in today's world. We seek to reflect the new balance of power in our current society with more roles for women as actors, playwrights, directors and designers.
Welcome to the Strand Theater Company!
The Strand Theater Company puts an emphasis on producing plays written by women and with roles for women: The New York State Council on the Arts conducted a study on women in theater and found that in 2002 only 17% of plays produced in America were by women. Women directors only represented 16%. This gives cause to the noticeable under representation of women roles in theater stage plays.
The Strand Theater Company realizes the importance of procuring a new generation of theater patrons: Much has been written about the aging population of theater patrons and donors and the lack of younger theater patrons. The Strand Theater Company will produce contemporary theater that is socially relevant today. We believe our mission will invite, engage and sustain a new generation of theater patrons.
The Strand Theater Company will produce contemporary theater: Although we believe all plays are relevant, we would like to produce plays that are socially relevant to the community today. We believe our mission will invite, engage and sustain a new generation of theater patrons.
1. Roles for men and women will be equal in number.
2. The Strand will seek out substantial and significant roles for women.
3. The Strand will produce works never before seen by Baltimore.
4. The Strand will be active in their community.
5. The Strand will give opportunities to new artists.