Women’s Works Program


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Charisma Wooten as Jackie “Moms” Mabley accompanied by Pianist, Everett P. Williams
Photo by Sharon C. Farmer (c) 2019

Among the company’s most important banner offerings, the Women’s Works Program was created in 2004 to celebrate, investigate and cultivate work for, by and about women. As a means of reaching its target demographic, women aged 25 thru 64, the Theatre endeavors to present one of its productions each year that is solely dedicated to women’s issues as we celebrate the triumphs and travails of women around the world. Historically underrepresented on stage and back stage, it is a company objective through this program to keep women at center stage as the lifeblood of our programming .  

Do you have big Ideas for a Women’s Works Project? Email us at [email protected].


It's Essential!

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"We were thrilled with our two Helen Hayes Award nominations! Thanks to the Essential Theatre for helping us achieve these honors."

Monica Bauer, PhD, Playwright, "Vivian's Music 1969"