WP THEATER (Lisa McNulty, Producing Artistic Director; Michael Sag, Managing Director) is the nation’s oldest and largest theater company dedicated to developing, producing, and promoting the work of women+ at every stage of their careers. For over four decades we have served as leaders of a global movement towards gender parity, and the example we set and the artists we have fostered have grown into a robust, thriving community of artists in theater and beyond. WP empowers women+ artists of all kinds to reach their full potential, challenging preconceptions about the kinds of plays women write and the stories they tell.
Founded in 1978 by Julia Miles as Women’s Project Theater, WP Theater has earned acclaim as a home for women+ theatermakers, historically marginalized in the field, to hone their craft while becoming leaders, change-makers, and advocates in the industry. To date, we have produced more than 600 Mainstage productions and developmental projects and published 11 anthologies of plays by women+ artists. WP Theater is proud of the ways in which we have made a difference in the artistic landscape of New York and beyond, and we continue to forge forward by offering these artists a platform to develop and present their stories.
WP Theater recently received a 2018 Lucille Lortel Award and a 2019 Obie Award, both for Outstanding Body of Work. As the premier launching pad for some of the most influential artists in theater, television, and film, our work has a significant impact on the field. Nearly every significant female theater artist has been through our doors, including: 2019 Tony Winner Rachel Chavkin; 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winner Martyna Majok; 2018 Tony Winner Rebecca Taichman; 2013 Tony Winner Pam MacKinnon; 2013 Tony Winner Diane Paulus; and two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner Lynn Nottage. These powerful women found an important artistic home at WP and are a testament to our role as a driving cultural force.