Women's Project

aka Women's Project   |   New York, NY   |  www.WPTheater.org

Mission

WP Theater is the nation's oldest and largest theater company dedicated to developing, producing and promoting the work of women in theater at every stage in their careers.  

WP supports female-identified artists and the world-class, groundbreaking work they create, and provides a platform where women's voices can be heard and celebrated on the American stage.

Ruling year info

1986

Producing Artistic Director

Ms. Lisa McNulty

Managing Director

Mr. Michael Sag

Main address

WP Theater 55 West End Avenue

New York, NY 10023 USA

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Formerly known as

THE WOMEN'S PROJECT & PRODUCTIONS, INC.

EIN

13-3369451

NTEE code info

Theater (A65)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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WP Theater (formerly Women's Project Theater) was established to provide space for female and female identified artists to share their stories in the American Theater. WP is the nation’s oldest and largest theater company dedicated to developing, producing and promoting the work of female-identified and trans theater artists at every stage of their careers. For the last 40 years, we have been honored to serve as leaders of a global movement towards gender parity, and the artists we have fostered have grown into to a robust and thriving community in theater and beyond.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

WP Lab

The artistic heart of WP Theater is the WP Lab, a two-year residency program for 15 female and female identified playwrights, directors and producers.

Selected through a highly competitive, national application and interview process, the Lab provides fifteen artists--60% of whom are women of color--with a vital professional network, entrepreneurial and leadership training, free rehearsal space and, most significantly, tangible opportunities for the development and production of bold new work for the stage.

The opportunities in the WP Lab do not stop at WP. Having forged strong working relationships in the Lab, the Lab artists continue to work together long after their official residency ends. And WP continues to advocate ferociously for its Lab alumnae, and provide them with free rehearsal space, copy privileges, and production opportunities. Works that Lab members developed here have been produced not only at WP, but also in theaters around the country.

Population(s) Served

WP Theater was founded in 1978 by Julia Miles to address the significant under-representation of women in theater and has since built a tremendous legacy. Although even today women playwrights and directors lack parity in pay and opportunity, the artists who have broken through the glass ceiling have first crossed the threshold at WP, including Eve Ensler, Lynn Nottage, Maria Irene Fornes, Pam MacKinnon, Leigh Silverman and Anna Deavere Smith, among the many.

Throughout its 40-year history, WP has produced over 600 off-Broadway and workshop productions, and published eleven anthologies of plays.

WP's Main Stage Season annually features three off-Broadway productions written and directed by extraordinary female and trans theater artists.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Women’s Project Theater is the nation’s oldest and largest company dedicated to producing and promoting plays written and directed by women, who receive only 20% of the professional opportunities nationwide.

WP accomplishes its mission through three fundamental programs: the WP Lab - a two-year mentorship and new play development program for playwrights, directors, and producers that culminates in the biennial Pipeline Festival - workshop productions of five new works by the Lab artists; and the Main Stage series, which annually features three off-Broadway productions written and directed by extraordinary female and female identified theater artists.

WP is a New York State registered 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization with a Fiscal Year 6/30/18 operating budget of $1,530,368. The organization is governed by a 16-member Board of Directors led by Chairman Sandy Ashendorf since 2017. WP’s staff leadership team includes Lisa McNulty - Producing Artistic Director; Michael Sag - Managing Director; Tamilla Woodard - Associate Artistic Director; and Rachep Karpf - Artistic Producer. It currently operates with 4 full-time and 5 part-time staff.

Audience Growth - We grow the number of attendees at our programs each year, and expand the number of programs we offer to bring new audiences to see the work. In our last season, we had over 12,500 patrons come to see our work. The year prior was fewer than 10,000.

Fiscal Health - Following a reorganization of the company in 2014, WP experienced large deficits each year, decreasing over time to FY17 when the deficit was only $45,000 and now in 2018 when for the first time ever, we have run a surplus of over $200,000 and are able to return money to our board fund to be able to protect against future deficits.

Artist Development - Artists emerging from the WP Lab have gone on to win Tony Awards, Pulitzer Prizes, Genius Grants, Kennedy Center Prizes and every other major award give for work on the stage. In addition, Lab alums have gone on to successful careers in Film and Television. Most recently, WP Lab Alum Martyna Majok received the Pulitzer Prize for her play Cost of Living.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Women's Project

Board of directors
as of 7/13/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Sandy Ashenfarb

UWS Strategies, Inc.

Term: 2017 - 2019


Board co-chair

Mr. Fernando Garip

Regional President, New Jersey Wilmington Trust, N.A.

Term: 2018 - 2020

Casey Kemper

Collegiate Church Corp.

Stephen Rosenberg, Esq.

Rosenberg Feldman Smith LLP

David Singleton

Public & Private Sector Leadership

Sandy Ashendorf

UWS Strategies, Inc.

Jessica Jenen

JRJ Theatrical

Jenna Segal

Segal NYC

S. Jean Ward, Esq.

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC

Lisa Timmel

The Huntington Theater Company

Fernando Garip

Regional President, New Jersey Wilmington Trust, N.A.

Laura Beinner

Janet Kagan

Fearless Productions, Inc.

Kelly Miller

Theatre to TV Crossover Agent, Paradigm Talent Agency

Nancy Schmidt

Margie Weingarten

Broadway Producer

David Manella

Attorney, Irell & Manella LLP

Aaron Pierce, Esq.

Attorney, Pierce & Kwok LLP

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes