Celebrating, supporting, and advocating for women theater artists by promoting gender parity at all levels of theatrical production.

 
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Initiatives

 
 
 
 

The Lilly Awards

Since 2010, we have been proud to honor the myriad of women’s achievements in American theater with our annual awards ceremony. Each year as the anticipation grows getting closer to the spirited event, we are reminded just how important these efforts are.

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The Count

In an ongoing study in partnership with The Dramatist Guild, The Count analyses and presents data on who is being produced in the American theater.

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The Family Residency at SPACE

As it is part of The Lillys’ mission to bring awareness and solutions to the cognitive and systemic bias that continues to favor male artists, we joined forces with SPACE on Ryder Farm beginning in the Summer of 2015 to create a retreat for playwrights and their children.

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The Lorraine Hansberry Statue

The Lillys are fundraising to erect a statue of the Great American Playwright Lorraine Hansberry, author of A Raisin in the Sun, in New York City. She will be seated under her quote, ‘Never be afraid to sit awhile and think’, with a space beside her for the public to do just that.

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Statement on Harassment

In December of 2014, pre #MeToo, we gathered together a group of theater professionals to discuss harassment and abuse in the theatrical community. We then drew up a preliminary Statement of Principle in consultation with attorney Norman Siegel in order to raise awareness and gathered the undersigned. The statement is published below.

Many of our statements have now come in to being, but we continue to push for more accountability towards perpetrators.

 
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