HotHouse Theatre Wins International Gender Equity Award

HotHouse Theatre has been named as a recipient of a 2015-16 50/50 Award in recognition of gender equity in its season programming.

The award, now in its fifth year, recognises theatres that produced female playwrights in at least 50 percent of their previous season.

Artistic Director, Lyn Wallis said HotHouse Theatre was enormously proud to be a recipient of the award.

‘Gender equity for women playwrights has long been identified as a major issue for the Australian theatre industry,’ Lyn said.

‘HotHouse has a long history of supporting women in creative leadership, and is proud to have programmed in 2015-16 the fabulous work of Mary Rachel Brown, Justine Campbell and Sarah Hamilton (pictured), Sarah Kriegler, Julia-Rose Lewis, Emily Goddard, and Kamarra Bell-Wykes, Vivienne Walsh and Jo Lancaster,’ she said.

The HotHouse Studio Ensemble is also working with playwright, Roslyn Oades on its 2016 show about the big dreams of Albury-Wodonga, At the Hip which runs from 3 – 19 November at The Butter Factory Theatre.

One hundred and seven theatres in 10 countries and five continents have received the award this year breaking all records since the award was introduced.

The list includes theatres in Australia, Canada, England, Italy, Kenya, the Philippines, Scotland, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United States with almost 32% of the theatres being repeat recipients, demonstrating gender parity in two or more seasons. Recipients range from community and college theatres to internationally renowned theatres.

Watch the award winners as they celebrate their achievement including HotHouse’s General Manager, Tahni Froudist and Artistic Director, Lyn Wallis (5:16)