The 15 first-hand accounts of discrimination below are an excerpt of the forward to our upcoming PREGNANCY HANDBOOKS and present various scenarios, from being fired for even attempting a pregnancy to being told publicly that a pregnant artist's career is over. Pregnant women in the theatre have undergone shockingly shortsighted, misogynistic, and exclusionary treatment for... Continue Reading →
This piece, "Re-Defining Motherhood and Advocating for the Parent Artist" by Rachel Spencer Hewitt was originally published on HowlRound, a knowledge commons by and for the theatre community, on December 10, 2017. Just under a year ago, I attended a Women in Theatre forum in Chicago. I had gone with the intention of hosting a breakout session for... Continue Reading →
My conversation with Dana unexpectedly became a mixture of motherhood strategy and IFCAP strategy, motherhood purpose and IFCAP purpose. I told her I did not want to disappear, to be rendered invisible. I was scared that if I continued our hiatus, both I and IFCAP would evaporate forever from everyone’s minds, but I was not sure how to proceed.
When life collides with work, too often pregnant women are left on their own to navigate the ins and outs of employment, seeking employment, asking for adjustments in employment, or - as some whispers indicate - facing termination of employment. While we hope to put an end to the discrimination of pregnant people in the... Continue Reading →
An Interview with the Producing Team of THE BUMPS coming to NYC! One of the three tenants of PAAL's mission is the goal to CREATE. That objective runs two-fold: create policy and create content. Creating content promotes developing material that provides dynamic representation of mothers and artists, especially in defining moments of life, that provide... Continue Reading →
by Rachel Spencer Hewitt PAAL Founder "A reminder to us who train designers and have assistants - that we must 'TEACH' fitting room etiquette and sensitivity." - Valerie Marcus Ramshur, Head of Costume Design/Rutgers University - PAAL Rep NYC As we've mentioned in other articles, online communities have become sanctuaries for women in the theatre who choose... Continue Reading →
Our responsibility, as a professional, inclusive artistic community, is to assess what must change within institutions and policy in order to create a culture where parent artists may interview, work, and produce without self-erasure or fear.
by Catherine Mueller Melwani PAAL Contribution Rep, NYC Below is a first response to this impossible writing prompt: In 500 words or less, please share your story about becoming a mother. Was there anything about your experience that defies conventions? And what aspects were the most important, meaningful or difficult for you? It is 630am. My son... Continue Reading →
by Rachel Spencer Hewitt PAAL Founder Rarely do the arts boast a surplus of resources, and in today's political climate, "the arts" as a social contribution holds little of its deserved value on the economic or cultural scale. Yet, in spite of these obstacles, many artists with added responsibilities, namely parents, crave contributing their gifts and... Continue Reading →