Support women. A call to action that we take very seriously. It's why we came together to form Propelle. It's what lights us up. It's our mission.
When we see other women doing the same thing, we take notice.
Take No Name Players Theatre Company, for example. Run by the husband and wife team of Don DiGuilio and Tressa Glover (pictured above with SWAN Day founder, Martha Richards), they produce an annual event here in Pittsburgh to support women artists called SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day.
SWAN DAY is an international holiday founded in 2008 to honor women artists. No Name Players’ SWAN Day event features world premiere works by Pittsburgh-based female musicians, dancers, poets, theatre artists, visual artists, performance artists, and fashion designers.
We had the opportunity to participate in the event last year, volunteering to be interviewed and recorded. Not only did we get to know about each other, we got to be a part of something bigger: supporting women in the arts.
Support Women Artists
For their 2013 event, set to take place in March, No Name Players will be setting up interviews with women and girls from the Pittsburgh area to serve as inspiration for their SWAN Day artists. These “interviews” will be filmed and the footage then given to the participating artists. The artists will then have about 3 months to create brand new works using that footage as inspiration.
If you would like to do your part to support women artists, you can schedule an interview time for yourself or for yourself (and your friends). These interviews are relaxed, casual, and a lot of fun. (Seriously, they are!)
The interviews will take place now through November 2nd. For more information and to schedule an interview, please contact Tressa Glover at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit www.nonameplayers.org for more info about the company.
(Image Credit: Katelyn Petraitis for WPXI)