15 Stories: Pregnancy and Discrimination in Theatre | PAAL

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 →


HowlRound: Re-Defining Motherhood and Advocating for the Parent Artist

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 →

Body-Shaming and Motherhood in the Theatre | Parent Artist Advocacy League for the Performing Arts

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 →

500 Words or Less

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 →

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