PAAL Launches North Carolina Chapter in the Triangle, Johannah Maynard Edwards of WTF as PAAL Chief Rep | PAAL

Parent Artist Advocacy League for the Performing Arts (PAAL) will launch its North Carolina chapter in the Triangle at the 2019 Women’s Theatre Festival in North Carolina. Women’s Theatre Festival has developed programming for parents at this year’s festival that exemplifies parent support. Because of this, PAAL is proud to partner with WTF on this year’s festival. As a result of WTF’s commitment, PAAL will continue the partnership through the launch of the regional chapter in North Carolina. Due to her devoted service to access in the field of theatre and commitment to integrating parent support in both structure and content, Johannah Maynard Edwards, Executive Director of Women’s Theatre Festival, has been named the PAAL Chief Rep for the launch of this chapter.

“At Women’s Theatre Festival, we believe a woman shouldn’t have to choose between making great theatre and being a mother. We’ve carved out space and created programming specifically by and for parent artists.”

PAAL Chief Reps are individuals committed to physical gatherings for parent artists in their communities to create platforms for shared experiences, creative expression, and update on PAAL’s national and local initiatives for institutional change. 

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Women’s Theatre Festival – North Carolina

Due to its history supporting parent artists, Women’s Theatre Festival (WTF) has been invited to identify as the host organization for 2019-2020 for the local PAAL chapter, meaning that its location and programming are friendly to parent artists and available to ensure that these physical gatherings happen. By committing to act as the host organization for the local PAAL chapter, an organization commits to exhibiting public support for parent artists by joining the national network as a sign of support for the cause regionally and nationally.

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Johanna Maynard Edwards – ED Women’s Theatre Festival; PAAL Chief Rep

Because WTF has committed to parent support and initiatives well before the launch of this chapter, PAAL Founder Rachel Spencer Hewitt calls their commitment to being the PAAL host “a perfect fit,” saying, “I’ve been blown away to discover the work that WTF has developed over its history to support theatre artists. PAAL is thrilled to invite them to be a host organization for their region as a testament to their inherent supportive structures and history of radical support for their community.”

 

Johannah Maynard Edwards, who has lead WTF as a mother, artist, and executive director, has developed programming for their summer festival happening this weekend, July 12-14, that integrates over seven parent-focused offerings over the course of three days, including: 

  • WTF Kids Programming with Seed Art Share (multiple times – bring your kids!)
  • The Keynote Breakfast with PAAL Founder Rachel Spencer Hewitt
  • I Can’t, I Have Kids: How To Make Art While Parenting
  • Mothers In Academia: “Swings” In Performance
  • CRY IT OUT directed by PlayMaker’s Rep Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch
  • Panel discussion following Cry it Out
  • A Mother’s Heart (Play)
  • Family Friendly WTFringe show “The Adventures of Pink and Purple,” a new musical by local parent artist Amanda Almodovar. It will be at 10 am on Sunday 7/14 at ArtSpace.

In her recent piece for the upcoming Women’s Theatre Festival, Johannah Maynard Edwards writes, “At Women’s Theatre Festival, we believe a woman shouldn’t have to choose between making great theatre and being a mother. We’ve carved out space and created programming specifically by and for parent artists.”

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Katie Paxton – Actor; PAAL Ambassador North Carolina

The PAAL North Carolina team also welcomes actor and mother Katie Paxton as the local PAAL Ambassador. PAAL Ambassadors serve as liaisons between local or national communities and the surrounding institutions, advocating for opportunity and initiatives. Katie will also be performing in the reading of Cry It Out by Molly Smith Metzler at the WTF Festival in partnership with PlayMakers Repertory Company, directed by Vivienne Benesch, Artistic Director of PlayMakers, and featuring parent artists in the cast. PAAL Chief Rep Johannah Maynard Edwards will lead the post-reading talkback discussion.


 

For more information on Parent Artist Advocacy League for the Performing Arts, visit their website. Women’s Theatre Festival in North Carolina has more programming listed on their site as well, and tickets for the festival can be found online here


 

More on the festival:
WTF Con
Where you can catch:

  • The Keynote Breakfast with Rachel Spencer Hewitt
  • I Can’t, I Have Kids: How To Make Art While Parenting
  • Mothers In Academia: “Swings” In Performance 

Dates + Times: Can be found in https://wtfest2019.sched.com

Venue: HQ Raleigh, 301 S Harrington Street

Tickets: $99-150 for Festival Pass; $75 for One Day Pass; $10-20 for Individual Workshop Admission

 

For More WTF 2019 Info:

Website: www.womenstheatrefestival.com

Email: info@womenstheatrefestival.com

Tickets: https://womenstheatrefestival2019.eventbrite.com

The Line-Up: https://wtfest2019.sched.com/

Facebook: @WTFNC

Instagram/Twitter: @wtfestivalnc

Patreon: www.patreon.com/womenstheatrefestival

 

Dates:

July 12-14, 2019 with Pre-Conference Workshops July 11-12, 2019

 

Tickets:

For sale via EventBrite

Full Festival Pass: $150

Student Pass: $99

One Day Pass: $75

WTFringe Pass: $25

Occupy The Stage Pass: $15

WTFKids One Day Pass: $5 (when purchased with a Full Festival Pass)/$35 (a la carte)

TIE Intimacy Choreography Masterclass: $50

Individual Performance: $5 (*if space is available after all pass holders are accomodated)

 

Venues:

WTFCon: HQ Raleigh / 310 S Harrington Street

WTFringe: Burning Coal / 224 Polk Street + Ruby Deluxe / 415 S Salisbury Street

Occupy The Stage: The Wicked Witch / 416 W South Street

WTFKids Saturday: Marbles Kids Museum / 201 E Hargett Street

WTFKids Sunday: ArtSpace / 201 E Davie Street

Pre-Conference Workshops: NC State University Theatre / 2241 Dunn Avenue

 

Accessibility + Accomodations

Contact Johannah Maynard Edwards at johannahmedwards@gmail.com or 919-710-6635 or Festival Production Manager Katy Koop at koopkaty@gmail.com. We will answer any questions and make any accommodations needed to enjoy your experience!

 

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