The National Women's Theatre Festival

About Us

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Our Mission

The mission of the National Women’s Theatre Festival (National WTF) is to create, produce, and promote extraordinary, inclusive theatre by women and all underrepresented genders. Our ultimate goal is 100% parity across the theatre industry.

To help achieve parity, we strive to grow and support a truly diverse community of theatre artists and audience members. We do this by creating and platforming extraordinary work by underrepresented-gender artists; by providing educational programming and early-career opportunities to grow the pipeline of underrepresented-gender artists; and by promoting socially radical resources, solutions, and technologies to provide equal access to all.

"As many other theater and dance groups went dark, the Women’s Theatre Festival kept finding ways to produce work.
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Byron Woods
Theater and Dance Critic | Indy Week

Our Core Values


At WTF we embrace an expansive understanding of the word parity and actively work to disassemble the concept of personhood existing in a finite, binary capacity. All of our work is written, directed, and produced by women and TGNC artists.


WTF seeks to platform a fully diverse spectrum of voices through all of our programming and by intentionally cultivating and practicing community care.


WTF recognizes that all people have access needs and deserve to have those needs met. In order to fully meet the access needs of our community, we offer an ever-expanding range of accessibility services and programs.

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Indies Arts Award

WTF won a 2016 “Indies Arts Award”, honoring artists in the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, NC) who make a positive impact, detailed in the article “WTF Drums Up Unprecedented Support for Gender Equality on Local Stages.”

Outstanding Arts Educator​

WTF has been recognized on annual “Outstanding Arts Educator” lists from local publication Chatham Life and Style for the festival​

Best of the Triangle​

WTF has been recognized on annual “Best of the Triangle” lists from local publication Chatham Life and Style

Favorite Local Theater

WTF has been recognized on Indy Week’s “Favorite Local Theater” top 10 lists.

Our achievements since 2016


Mainstage productions


Fringe-style shows


Staged readings


Workshops, panels,
and educational programs

Platforming underrepresented voices since 2016.

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Your contributions can help us create crucial new performance opportunities and educational resources to empower under-represented theatre talent. We’re grateful for any amount you can give.

Thank you.

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