A year ago, I had the opportunity to work with an amazing theater company, Manhattan Theatre Source. I directed Elizabeth Irwin’s Origin with Joane Cajuste and Nick Radu for their Estrogenius Festival. I had passed their home on 177 MacDougal for about a decade not knowing that they were there. Everything happens for a reason because clearly, I wasn’t supposed to walk into their doors or they weren’t supposed to welcome me with open arms until last year. Fast forward to now. I am not directing this time but am their Marketing Director for their 13th Year!!! One of my early posts was about them losing their home on MacDougall. Instead of giving up, these Estrobabes pushed harder and worked diligently to make sure that the female artist is heard and seen. We hear so much about the Fringe and other festivals here in NYC but EstroGenius is a special kind of festival. All volunteers. All doing this for the passion of theater… Below is the information regarding our current campaign. We have 6 weeks to raise $65o0! Please join us in the evolution 🙂
EstroGenius is a month-long celebration of female voices. What debuted in 2000 as a two-week festival with a program of ten short plays and music has grown into a multi-week event including short plays, solo shows, music, visual art, dance, teen performances, and stand-up comedy. It’s the largest, most inclusive festival of its kind in New York City and we’re excited to be in our 13th year!
The festival’s mission is to support the development of new works and emerging artists in a variety of disciplines. We accept short play submissions from across the country and around the world, from male and female, gay, straight, transgender, white, black, Latino and Asian artists ranging in age from twelve to eighty years old. Production decisions are tempered by the knowledge that diverse contributions strengthen our artistic integrity. Similarly, directors, designers, actors and others are pulled from all walks of life and the subject matters addressed span sexual and cultural boundaries.