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Two months working with the 50/50 awards for women theatre parity

Since working as President of ICWP, time has passed quicker than the fastest  water current, and carried with it a new awareness of several things. Being President of any organization teaches lessons on Governance and all that applies to legal, social (the community around the world), and membership considerations (following a mission statement, delivery of services promised, and an understanding of the vast amount of cultures we serve). I’ve been traveling that stream, and not able to walk, yet, on my home ground, feeling safe sequestered in my books and plays.

But I want to share our press release for the 50/50 and show exactly how extensive this program was, and International Centre for Women Playwrights is:

Awards Announced for Theaters Around the World Promoting Gender Equity

Industry still has a long way to go, Centre for Women Playwrights finds

The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) today announced its 2018 50/50 Applause Awards, honoring theaters that produce plays written in equal measure by women and men. At the same time, the Centre finds that the vast majority of theaters around the world are coming up short in terms of gender equity.

The Centre received 103 nominations and only 62 qualified for the award.

The awards honor theaters at least half of whose productions in their July 2017- June 2018 seasons are written by women. Further, a theater must have staged three or more productions during the season and have plays authored by both male and female in their season. For the 2018 Awards, only Main Stage productions were taken into account, as that is where most theater budgets are spent and where playwrights receive the most media attention and career advancement.

The 62 recipients of this year’s awards are found throughout Australia, Canada, Finland, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, United States, and Wales.

For the 2017-2018 season, approximately 60% of the qualifying theaters are repeat recipients. For example, Here Arts Center has made the list for six years in a row, while off the WALL has made it for five consecutive years. Awardees range from community and college theaters to internationally renowned public theaters.

“We are pleased to see that there are some theaters that, year after year, provide opportunities for women playwrights. We salute their efforts,” said 50/50 Applause Award Co-Chair Patricia L. Morin. “However, we will witness more economic discrimination toward women playwrights (smaller stages, less performances, less pay), as well as the constant promotion of male voices, unless more theaters step up and join the ranks to support 50/50 gender parity.”

Academic and charity organization research continues to support the notion that there are gender inequities in theatrical companies around the globe.

For example, the League of Professional Theatre Women recently released the results of its 2018 “Women Count” study. The percentage of women playwrights represented by the theaters profiled in the study ranged from 29% in 2013-2014 and 2015-2016 to a season high of 37% in 2016-2017.  This looks like an upward movement to be welcomed, but a closer look at the figures shows that five theaters profiled in the study had no women playwrights at all in the 2016-2017 study season.

In late 2017, American Theatre magazine reported that, out of 513 not-for-profit theaters across the U.S., only 26% of their new plays and revivals were written by women, with 62% written by men and 11% co-written by women and men.

The Playwrights Guild of Canada reported that for the 2017 season in that country, productions by male playwrights continued to dominate — 64%, which was the same as 2016 — and shows by women playwrights still hovered around the 25% mark.

The National Voice, a publication of The Australian Writers Guild, reported that, of 95 shows surveyed for 2017 that included Australian playwrights — including those staged by state theater companies — 56% were written by men.

The 2018 50/50 Applause Awards come in the wake of a momentous year for women’s struggle for equality in many different arenas. The #metoo movement that began in October 2017 rocked the film, media and theater industries across the world. The movement has shown how a bullying and sexually abusive environment limits the participation and career success of women.

A majority of theater artistic directors do not stage the work of female and male playwrights in an equal proportion, and this has repercussions for society by suppressing women’s stories and filling the theater stages with the male imagination. The male presence not only dominates artistic directors, it dominates the theater boards, governing boards, and public funding institutions throughout the world.

The bravery of those speaking out in the #metoo movement is echoed in the words of Millicent Fawcett, the early 20th century British suffragist who campaigned for women’s rights throughout her life, and whose motto was “Courage calls to courage everywhere”.

To have a professional theater scene that encourages, enables and celebrates women playwrights, governing boards, public funders and artistic directors around the world should ask themselves if the theater programs they are supporting are enabling gender discrimination in favor of men, and silencing the voices of the creative women who have equally valid things to say. The 50/50 Applause Award certificate should be as important as fire and public safety certificates, and their theaters should not be able to open their doors without it.

At the urging of feminist and journalist Caroline Criado Perez, a statue of Millicent Fawcett was placed in London’s Parliament Square in April. In the foreword to the Fawcett Society report “Sex & Power 2018″, Perez writes: “Finally, we have to stop pretending that the path to equality is out of our hands. Power is never given freely. Liberty is never achieved by chance. It is achieved by design. So let’s start designing it.”

YEAH.

 

 

Characters from our collective unconscious, or are we psychic?


We share:

 


But we also have: negative influences

and one of the conduit: dreams

and another: meditation

Then there are those realizations.

Stephen King once thought that many of his characters came from the deepest part of his unconscious, a collective unconscious- so many characters, so many lives, so many stories.

WT Jowett says:

The common themes of the collective unconscious are referred to as archetypes; like the unconscious mind, individuals do not have ready conscious access to the archetypes, but they are revealed through events and experiences in individuals’ lives.  When an archetype is experience individuals unconsciously recognize it as what it represents and it appears as “mental forms whose presence cannot be explained by anything in the individual’s own life and which seem to be aboriginal, innate, and inherited shapes of the human mind” (Jung, 1978).

What does this have to do with being psychic, you may ask?

Rupert Sheldrake, (Morphic Resonance, The Nature of Formative Causation) has found statistical evidence of a psychic connection between every species that is evolving and growing.

“Ever have the feeling that you know you’re being watched? Or that feeling when you’re thinking about someone right before they call you? These feelings are sometimes thought to be merely coincidental or just happenstance. But the fact that these are common incidences and something that everyone can relate to, leaves open the possibility that there could be something metaphysical happening. Rupert Sheldrake says he believes that these occurrences are psychic phenomena that is evidence of an interconnected consciousness between all humans …” 

Can the connection between us and the collective unconscious be that psychic thread? 

To be continued …

 

 

 

Swept Away …

I’ve been swept away again, away from my series on how we are all psychic , and hopefully not afraid of that realization. In fact, I met a man at an airport, and I shared with him about my latest novel about the psychic sociopath that goes to a psychic shrink, and how I want the novel not only to be a good thriller, but also to help people realize that we are all a bit psychic–having some similar experiences to the protagonist who is like, very psychic. Not only that, I hoped to help readers see that there are ways of handling the unknown if you feel threatened by something you can’t see. He shared his psychic experience and it gave me chills. I wanted to go home and write about the experience for me.    

But, I have been involved with the 50/50 Applause Awards 2018 again, beginning the Award process earlier this year–easier to research theatres when you are in the middle of the season, then at the end.

 The International Centre for Women Playwrights @womenplaywrights has initiated the 50/50 Applause Awards earlier this year for the 2018 season. The mission of the awards is to honor those theatres that produce women playwrights as often as male playwrights-50/50. Right now, production numbers for women playwrights stand at about 25-27% percent worldwide. Some plays by women, when produced, have less performances than plays by men, especially on the main stages that get more funding and many more seats. This year we added that the funding sources, taxes paid by men and women, might need to answer for all male productions! And this year we have more support and more countries around the world participating. Great news. We are succeeding, more so than last September.

It is still difficult to find theatres that have both men and women playwrights, not filled with festivals, have full-length plays, and other items necessary to the rules, but we have twice the volunteers and a more powerful PR team. The nominations are rolling in. We are doing well.

The 50/50 is very time consuming, and as you know, one minute you can be working on a wonderful, fun-filled project, then be swept away to an equally fulfilling project, and lose sight of where you once were. Then when you can come up for air, you remember! Aha! Back to the novel. Something is calling me to finish it … now.

 

 

 

 

 

honoring love 2.14.18

 

 

As I said in my tweet this morning, we are honoring Black History Month, the 50/50 Applause Award nominations for worldwide equality of women and men playwrights, and the Winter Olympics in South Korea. And in the middle of all that, today we are honoring love. Deeply honoring another is love.

Happy Holiday!

To my remarkable friends and fans:                                               

And :

And especially:

                   For your suggestions, kindnesses, and support 

      Wishing you a fruitful year in all your endeavors in 2018!

 

next: Perception

Definition: Perception

Etymology: L, percipere, to perceive

 The result or product of the act of perceiving. Kinds of perception include depth perception, extrasensory perception, facial perception, and stereognostic perceptionperceptive, perceptual, adj.
 Mosby’s Medical Dictionary, 9th edition. © 2009, Elsevier.

Perceptual reasoning is a category of reasoning skills including nonverbal fluid reasoning, spatial processing, and the visual perception.

Have some fun: copy and paste to search bar:

www.playbuzz.com/ashleystevens10/can-you-pass-the-perception-test

The five main stages of perception:

Stimulation: In order to perceive that something is happening, it must come to a person’s attention. Stimulation can occur through any of the five senses: smelling, seeing, hearing, touching or tasting.

Organization: To quickly disseminate large amounts of information, such as events happening, a human’s brain organizes the events by familiar components. Connecting familiar components with past experiences helps the person understand what is transpiring.

Interpretation: Once the key components of an event are recognized, individuals apply their own biases to it through interpretation, sometimes referred to as evaluation. Relating past experiences, beliefs, values and more, a person can decide what the meaning of the event is and how to react if necessary.

 

Memory: To remember a perceived event or moment, it must be stored into memory. Individuals use those previously formed associations with personal beliefs and experiences to remember events and their personal evaluations of them.

Recall: Remembering the perceived event later on will retrieve the most important details of it. Blanks may need to be filled in by thinking through the situation again. Persistent recall improves the accuracy of this step.

 

An illusion of what reality is.

 

 

 

Next post–more about the psychic perceptions–ESP

Intuition-quiz

How Intuitive Are You? Take The Quiz And Know Your 6th Sense Score


This quiz was created by Vishen Lakhiani (2015)–feel free to let me know how you do and what you think of it.

Thanks to those who responded to the last quiz. Being Psychic includes intuition and perception, along with trusting one’s instincts. We’ll be exploring these traits on our path to gaining an awareness of what it means to be psychic.

The Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus:  Intuition is the ability to understand something immediately without the need for conscious reasoning–the understanding comes from an instinctive feeling–hunches (from the bone) and inklings (suspicions), and from what is considered as “gut level”.

 The Intuition Quiz:

Answer options. Write down your answers and tally up your points at the end of the quiz.

  1. Never (1 point)
  2. Sometimes (2 points)
  3. Often (3 points)

1.) You are more of a spontaneous and ‘go with the flow’ type of individual, rather than a planner or an organizer.

2.) You evaluate your decisions on certain situations based on your gut feelings, which often produces the right outcome even if it’s not always practical or logical.

3.) When you meet someone new, you get instant strong negative/positive vibes, which proves itself true in the long run.

4.) You have used your intuition to successfully invest in the stock market or enter contests and win.

5.) You know your life purpose or mission in this world

6.) Whenever you ignore a strong intuitive or gut feeling that’s trying to tell you something, you’ll tend to regret it later on.

7.) You rely on your intuition when making career-based decisions. This causes confusion among your co-workers as you always make the right decisions even with incomplete facts.

8.) You’re a creative person, and you have dreams of brilliant ideas for your art/plans/designs which you often execute to much success.

9.) You often feel worried/excited before something bad/good happens without prior knowledge that this incident was going to happen.

10.) You have had creative ideas for art/books/writing come to you from seemingly nowhere which you’ve acted on and gave you tremendous success.

11.) You can feel when a loved one is hurting, even if you don’t know yet that they are in pain.

12.) Your friends often describe you as “creative”.

13.) You often make major decisions against the advice of “experts” or your loved ones based on what you’ve “sensed”, which always worked out perfectly for you.

14.) You immediately know when someone is lying to you or telling the truth.

15.) You’ve had prior knowledge of a disaster, negative event, illness, or death that later came to pass.

16.) Whenever you feel confused about a direction you need to take or you need to make a big decision in life, you meditate, knowing that the right answers will come to you quickly through this.

17.) You feel a strong sense of connection with people you’ve never met or places you’ve never been to.

18.) You are a highly empathetic person and often ‘take on’ the feelings of those around you, whether you want to or not.

19.) You’ve had a premonition that saved you from danger.

20.) When lost, you’ve found the right path back or direction by using your intuition.

Intuition falls into 4 categories. While most of us are functioning at Level 1 or 2, we all have the ability to function at the highest level (Level 4). Our goal as human beings is to continuously grow from Level 1 to Level 4.

You score 20-30. Level 1 – Warning System Intuition:

Warning-sign1-300x250At this Level, your intuition will usually warn you when your life is at stake.

Let’s take the September 11th incident as an example. On this particular day, an unusually high number of people have claimed that they experienced dread going to work at the World Trade Centre.

Other examples include those who’ve experienced overwhelming feelings of dread just before making a journey. If you take a look at the results of the intuition contest on our blog post, you’ll see that 60-70% of all stories were at Level 1 – Warning System Intuition. This is where most people’s intuition stand.

While intuition is something we’re all are born with, many people, including yourself, do not get the chance to develop it. Your intuition has saved you from emergency situations, but you generally do not listen to your ‘gut feelings’ which you’re paying dearly for.

Don’t worry though, it’s never too late to start training and growing your intuitive abilities. If you do, you’re in for some amazing insights and a whole new level of well-being.

You score 30-40. Level 2 – Social Intuition:

empathy-300x258You mainly use your intuition to tap into the feelings of those around you and those whom you have close relationships with. You are a highly empathetic person and can easily understand those around you.

People at this Level have been known to finish the sentences of those they’re close to, sense danger that’s approaching them like a mother senses danger for her child and are even affected by the moods of their spouses or those close to them.

This Level intuition is common in close groups, but you are more attune to it than others. Being on this Level is greatly beneficial for leaders, families and those in close relationships.

While you use your intuition to relate to those around you, you may also be ignoring it within other areas of your life. You have to keep training and enhancing your intuition skills if you want to experience the great benefits that comes with it. If you keep ignoring these ‘gut feelings’ then they will no longer happen.

However, it’s not too late to get back in touch with your intuition. With a little practice and training you’ll be able to hear and trust that “little voice” inside your head in no time and progress in other aspects of your life, such as your career, life purpose, and wealth.

You score 40-50. Level 3 – Creative Intuition:

creativity_com_479f8882bf3f1-240x300Thomas Edison once said, “Ideas come from space”.
Many scientists and investors get their ideas and knowledge from having Level 3 intuition.

Look at the case of Elias Howe, the inventor of the sewing machine. He was struggling for years to come up with the design for the sewing machine needle. One night he had a dream where he was surrounded by cannibals who were holding spears with holes in them. This gave him the idea that the thread hole for the sewing needle had to be at the tip of needle and not at the top. That was how the sewing machine was invented.

History is filled with countless stories of how Creative Intuition has aided in the creation of inventions, art, and designs. Even businesses have grown and flourished because of intuition.

As a Level 3 Intuitive, you are very attuned to your feelings as well as the world around you, which is an amazing skill. Being able to access your intuitive knowledge has helped not only you, but those around you get ahead in life as well.

You most likely use your intuition to not only improve on your relationships, but also your career where you use intuition to creatively solve problems, make the right business decisions or create beautiful art, music or design.

You are most likely a very creative person who is successful in business or the arts.

You score 50-60. Level 4 – Higher Purpose Intuition:

higher5-300x200This is the most useful and the most amazing level of intuition. At this level, your subconscious mind works with you and your intuition guides you to move towards your life purpose.

People with this ability are amazingly successful in the stock market or business. Take a look at Sir Richard Branson; he works with over 300 partners, yet he knows within 60 seconds of meeting a person whether to establish a professional relationship or not.

As a Level 4 intuitive, you already know that you should never doubt your inner voice, which guides you through all areas of your life. You know the importance of honing and fine-tuning your intuitive skills and listening to your inner voice. You meditate daily, which helps you make all important decisions in your life instantly – from love to business to health.

You always listen to your intuition which is the reason why you are where you are today. You know that what your are doing now is your divine purpose. By finding your life purpose, you fully contribute to the betterment of society. Your subconscious mind gives you momentum and the push you need to help you complete your life purpose. You are a highly intuitive being that is making a maximum impact onto the world.

            Next we explore perception …

 

Are you Psychic? Take the survey–let’s talk

Psychic experiences–we all have them … the phone call after you think of someone, the feeling like someone is staring at you from behind, and they are … so many more.

But before we get into all the swirling thoughts about mysticism, take this survey: It comes from a great book you may want to buy: The Psychic Pathway by Sonia Choquette.

#1 rarely        #2 Sometimes     #3 often              Pick one after each question.

  1. When I am with someone, I am aware of how they feel.
  2. If I met someone for the first time, I draw an accurate picture of what they are like.
  3. I am able to make decisions easily.
  4. I am aware when someone is manipulating me.
  5. I can tell if someone is lying.
  6. I can tell if someone is giving me a true account of a situation.
  7. I get involved with other’s problems.
  8. I can see clearly why people have a problem with something.
  9. I can change my plans easily if I get a bad vibe.
  10. I can stand up to dominating energy.
  11. I am able to know what I want.
  12. I can say no to someone.
  13. I can express myself easily.
  14. I trust myself to make decisions.
  15. I ask other’s for advice.
  16. I conform to win approval.
  17. I take care of my body.
  18. I eat/drink/sleep to escape my feelings.
  19. I knew something was going to happen before it did.
  20. I think of people and they call me the same day.
  21. I sense things before they happen.
  22. I have vibes but ignore them.
  23. I am afraid of my intuition.
  24. My life has lots of coincidences.
  25. I believe I have a higher self watching over me.

Rate your questions:

1 point for number 1

2 points for number 2

3 points for number 3

If your score was 25-39– You are not in the habit of reflecting on how people and situations affect you. This will change if you open your intuitive self.

If your score was 40-59– You are already quite tuned to a psychic energy, although you may not call it that. You may just consider yourself “hypersensitive.” If you increase continue to open your intuition, you will have a increased sense of safety, guidance, and well-being.

If your score was 60-75– You probably are aware that your awareness is exceptionally developed, but you may not trust it completely. You need to develop confidence as you integrate your abilities into your daily life. You will, as Sonia says, learn how to drive you car instead push it.

Let me know your opinions about the survey, and how you did. Next meeting: Opening up to your psychic mind.

I’m learning more about  psychic abilities for my psychological thriller: Moloch and the Angel (working title). I’d like to share what I know, get some feedback from you about your experience and how you reacted … might be another book in it, a non-fiction.

 

 

 

The ICWP 50/50 Applause Awards- 5mths and 58 recipients

                                         The 50/50 Applause Awards

The International Centre for Women Playwrights’ 50/50 Applause Award Committee is pleased to officially announce the award recipients for the 2016-2017 season, celebrating gender parity for women playwrights at 58 theatres throughout The United States, Canada, Australia, Germany, United Kingdom, Singapore, and Tasmania. These 58 recipients will receive the prestigious 2017 50/50 Applause Award, for producing 50% or more plays by women playwrights in their 2016/17 season. 
 

For five months I’ve been working on a huge project for The International Centre for Women Playwrights titled The 50/50 Applause Awards. The mission of the awards is to honor those theatres that produce women playwrights as often as male playwrights-50/50. Right now, production numbers for women playwrights stand at about 25-27% percent worldwide. Some plays by women, when produced, have less performances than plays by men.

Horrible. AND DON’T GET ME STARTED ABOUT COUNTRIES OUTSIDE OF UK, USA, CANADA, AND AUSTRALIA. 

And now, when I can prattle on and on about how difficult it is to find theatres that have both men and women playwrights, not filled with festivals, have full-length plays, and other items necessary to the rules, I’m beat. I was high yesterday when the announcements went out and the accolades came in. The high was more than relief. It felt like success, an achievement of magnitude was completed. Our 50/50 team succeeded, and changed some requirements of the program, challenged some higher public theatres that are by their own funding rules supposed to have equal production–women and men–gender parity and diversity– for tax-paying women and men. 

Would I do this again? Probably.  Is it worth the time and energy? I  believe so. Does it truly make a difference to theatres whether or not they are one of the recipients? I don’t know … but I suspect some are excited and that an impact has been made to their future scheduling, as well as thoughts about gender equality–like the true meaning, like don’t ever say men write plays better than women. Like #equity #gender

After every long project, when the baby is born, the high is replaced by exhaustion, questioning, and some reevaluation.

Will I do this next year, I ask myself once again? Ask me in four months when the dust has settled and the excitement grows anew. The quest is an important one. But for this year, we feel our goals were accomplished. Year number six for the 50/50 Applause Award, a project of the International Centre of Women Playwrights (ICWP).

The press release and video can be viewed at www.womenplaywrights.org. For the video, if you go to:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylBqH-nfohY  you can watch the video and then “like” it by clicking on the thumbs-up icon. It’s long. So hang in there.

This is one of the most worthwhile organizations for women playwrights. If you are a women, and a playwright, JOIN.

 

 

 

Cross Country Move

 

It’s been awhile. Life has turned up side down, then right side up, thankfully.

We moved! Moving, as anyone reading this knows, is a bitch. I’ve never spoken to anyone who said, “I just love moving, and packing up all my stuff —some of which I haven’t seen for years– in boxes I stole from store parking lots, liquor stores, back allies, and friends garages. Oh, and then numbering the boxes and scratching out what’s in the box–of course forgetting to add the little stuff I squished in to even out the top of the box so another box wouldn’t crush it when it was stacked. I particularly love that. And did I tell you about the stuff you leave behind because it cannot fit in another space of the truck–brooms, vacuum, cleaning items, along with hangers, and  those little things that we collect to put in little spaces so the spaces look full and beautiful, except when we have to collect them all and pack them so they don’t break. I, especially love leaving my ‘I love Hawaii’ plate on the trash can. But, my all time favorite thing about moving is carrying all those boxes up and down steps.”

Hear that lately about moving? I didn’t think so. Then to move across country!Yep, especially when you drive cross county with a loaded car and bags at your feet of things you absolutely must have.

and then snap photos like a tourist, and make believe you are having a great time, worn, befuddled, and wanting sleep—wondering why you took a photo of a horrible statue.

Finally, you make it to your destination, Tarrytown, NY. You exhale. You look around. This is going to be okay.

After some some wine, and some sleep.

And of course, then you unpack.

 

 

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