PGC’s Women’s Caucus was established to meet the particular needs of women playwrights. Presently, Women’s Caucus activities are overseen by a Committee consisting of Kelley Jo Burke (Chair), Rebecca Burton (PGC Staff Member), Beverley Cooper, Marcia Johnson, and Christine Quintana.
The Women’s Caucus meets in person on an annual basis, and it stays in contact with its members throughout the year with a monthly Women’s Caucus Newsletter (edited by Patti Flather), a closed Facebook group, and the occasional online meeting.
The Women’s Caucus undertakes various activities and programs to assist its members. These include annual gender-based Theatre Production Surveys; an AD Interview series (found in the Women’s Caucus Newsletter); PLEDGE (a Production Listing to Enhance Diversity and Gender Equity), a database of large cast (6 or more characters) plays by Canadian women that targets post-secondary institutions; SureFire (similar to The Kilroys List in the United States), a community-generated resource naming under or un-produced plays by Canadian women; and the CASA Award (in partnership with the African Women Playwrights Network), which assists an experienced woman playwright living in South Africa.
The Women’s Caucus also administers PGC’s annual Bra d’Or Award, which recognizes a theatre professional for his/her/their support of women playwrights. Nominations are put forth by PGC Women’s Caucus members, but the entirety of PGC’s membership votes for the winner. Past recipients include: Brian Quirt – 2006; Hope McIntyre – 2007; Katrina Dunn – 2008; Eric Coates – 2009; Andy McKim – 2010; Philip Akin – 2011; Rachel Ditor – 2012; Robert Metcalfe – 2013; Mary Vingoe – 2014; Rebecca Burton – 2015; and Diane Brown – 2016. The award went on hiatus in 2017 and 2018, undergoing a period of review, before it was merged with the Tom Hendry Awards and relaunched with improvements in 2019 on International Women’s Day. The 2019 Bra d’Or Award went to Pamela Halstead (ED of Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre), while the 2020 Bra d’Or Award was bestowed upon PGC member and AD of Theatre Passe Muraille, Marjorie Chan. This year’s winner of the 2021 Bra d’Or Award is Micheline Chevrier, AD and ED of Imago Theatre in Montreal, Quebec.
If you have questions about the Women’s Caucus, a project that you think we should consider, or if you would like to become more actively involved, contact one of the Women’s Caucus Committee members, or PGC’s staff rep, Rebecca Burton (firstname.lastname@example.org).