Between raising three children, including twins, and prepping her solo show - Organic Sofrito - actor, singer, writer Venessa Diaz took time to talk to us about motherhood, artistry, raising children, down syndrome, and - most of all - not giving up. Her show is this Friday, and this interview is powerhouse and what we... Continue Reading →
With her play The Madres and its sequel The Abuelas - which starts previews this Saturday at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago - Stephanie Walker takes on the inner terrain of human experience to navigate through our shame, collective responsibility, and the lengths some will go to rectify wrongs. Her protagonists are, in these plays,... Continue Reading →
With the ability to work in both theatre and television, many gifted writers who become mothers encounter the gaps in our artist support systems two-fold. For one screenwriter and dramaturg mom, pouring the truth about motherhood into her work opened up professional doors - and exposed the need for professional overhaul in how we treat... Continue Reading →
Here’s the next installment of performing arts professionals who prove that motherhood works beautifully in our unique lifestyle while also being honest about the logistics that come with the exciting combination of life, love, and art. I first met Maria while working on Broadway for the Tony-nominated play King Charles III. I was covering three actresses and... Continue Reading →
Not all performing artist professionals have kids, and that’s cool! But some do. What does that experience look like for such an unpredictable lifestyle? That’s the question I want to explore. So, in honor of mother’s day, I’ve started a series called “What She Looks Like” that profiles performing artist professionals who balance work and motherhood!... 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 →
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 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 →
How is it that we, as a society, have not established an acceptable pregnancy etiquette? Calling out rampant ignorance and disrespect in our culture toward expectant mothers while tackling the question "what is acceptable discourse?": PAAL contribution rep and theatre artist/mother Catherine Mueller