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Artemisia We Women

Julie Proudfoot & Willow James

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Amplifying women’s voices in our world through performances, discussions and interviews. New Episodes drop on Wednesdays, bimonthly. Audio performances of exciting feminist plays, empowering discussions with our wonderful creative teams and insightful social justice interviews with community leaders who are passionate about making the world better for women.
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On this (final) episode, Julie, Willow and Kelcey gather to bid farewell to the podcast. But, don't worry! The podcast will continue to live on Buzzsprout at eventually, on YouTube. We want to thank each and every guest, actor, director and collaborator who has given us their time and artistry for the past few years. We could not have continued wit…
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In this episode, Julie chats with Elizabeth Halajian, VP of Development at Harris Theatre in Chicago about scarcity, the future of arts organizations and why the scarcity model doesn't work. Visit us at artemisiatheatre.org to donate and support our feminist work! Support the show (https://artemisiatheatre.org/donate/)…
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In a special episode, Willow sits down with Artemisia's new (and first) Managing Director, Kelcey Anyá. They get into Kelcey's Louisiana roots, how she redefined feminism for herself and what piece of advice she'd give to anyone listening. Welcome to the Artemisia family, Kelcey! Support the showBy Julie Proudfoot & Willow James
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Willow James and Julie Proudfoot discuss how hierarchy and scarcity thinking create obstacles to realizing diversity and representation in our world. Interviews and discussions with women from all sectors and four all-new feminist plays offer a deep dive into the challenges women face and the triumphs they achieve despite them. To learn more about …
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We Women is back! Willow and Julie give you a peak into their plans for the 2022 podcast. Women, the obstacles they face, the triumphs they achieve despite them, along with the danger zones of sexism and the glory of women's empowerment. Interviews, discussions and some very special audio performances are the great things coming your way with We Wo…
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Hosts Julie Proudfoot & Willow James come back for their final episode of the season to perform an excerpt from Euripides' Trojan Women.. Afterwards, they talk about the impact of the play on modern times and the horrible cost of war. Thank you for all of your support and we'll see you in 2022! Continue supporting We Women at artemisiatheatre.org S…
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Artistic Director Julie Proudfoot and Podcast Producer and Sound Designer Willow James go LIVE on Artemisia's Facebook page for #GivingTuesday! We talk about the hiring of our Managing Director, the headshot raffle and why it's important to support Artemisia's work of empowering women. Every dollar raised will go to fund our new Managing Director's…
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Julie Proudfoot and Willow James talk tragic heroines! Why they're misunderstood and under appreciated and what we gain as a modern society when we look back on the great leading female characters penned by Euripides. Willow and Julie delve into some controversial and fascinating dramaturgy about this great Greek playwright; offer insight into our …
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For only $10, you can enter into a raffle in support of our fundraiser to hire a Managing Director next year. What will you win? A headshot session package with We Women co-producer and Resident Sound Designer Willow James! This episode, Julie & Willow chat about the fundraiser, Willow's work and how to enter! Visit our website for all info. Suppor…
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Empowering Discussion Close the Book By Susan Glaspell Sept 29 Director Charlique C. Rolle and actors Elissa Wolf, Simon Hedger, Sandy Spatz, Michael Lomenick, Daria Harper, David Goodloe, and Elisabeth Del Toro discuss privilege, women's empowerment and the contemporary themes of Susan Glaspell's 1917 one-act about an elite university family. Mode…
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Audio Performance Close the Book by Susan Glaspell Podcast #141 September 15, 2021 A comedy about an elite family enjoying their status as the power brokers of a University founded by their ancestors. Their grandson, a professor at the University, creates a controversy when he announces his engagement to a beautiful outspoken liberal with gypsy anc…
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Willow James hosts a special episode in response to the Supreme Court ruling to allow the new law banning abortion in Texas to stand. He interviews Julie Proudfoot on her Substack essay "Roe v. Wade." Find out Julie's inspiration for writing the essay and learn about some of the myths around the ruling. Willow and Julie have a dedicated discussion …
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SEPT 1 EPISODE 139 Karen Hawkins SOCIAL JUSTICE INTERVIEW Artistic Director Julie Proudfoot chats with founder & Rebelle-in-Chief of Rebellious Magazine, Karen Hawkins! Listen to this bold and exciting interview about feminism, Karen's career and the challenges of running a feminist organization. ALL WE WOMEN EPISODES FREE TO OUR LISTENERS! Support…
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MEDEA, by Euripides, adapted and performed by Julie Proudfoot, soundscape by Willow James. This adaptation is based on the 1912 translation into English rhyming verse by Gilbert Murray, M.A., L.L.D., who was a professor of Greek at the University of Glasgow & Fellow of New College, Oxford. Sound Designer Willow James and writer and actor Julie Prou…
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Artemisia welcomes four outstanding leaders in the Chicago Community to We Women for this very special podcast episode. Jackie Taylor, the CEO and Founder of Black Ensemble Theatre, Rena Henderson Mason, Founder and Chief Engagement Officer of Bold Agenda, Ilesa Duncan, Artistic Director of Lifeline Theatre, and Dionna Griffin-Irons, writer, produc…
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SUMMER FUN FUNDRAISER Julie Proudfoot & Willow James July 21 Podcast #136 Artemisia Artistic Director Julie Proudfoot is joined by podcast co-producer and resident sound designer Willow James to raise money in support of Artemisia’s #empoweringwomen work. Enjoy this special edition podcast and please consider making a donation to help us meet our $…
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AFTERMATH, by Mary Burrill Set in rural South Carolina, a Black soldier returning from serving his country in World War I discovers that his father has been lynched. Burrill, a Black gay feminist playwright, was part of the Harlem Renaissance and penned social justice plays that fearlessly confronted racial oppression. CAST MAM SUE – RJW MAYS MILLI…
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JUNE 23 GOODS ZOOM ROOM Featuring award-winning playwright, Lauren Ferebee Take a deep dive into the amazing process used to create Artemisia's critically acclaimed virtual world premiere of GOODS, by Lauren Ferebee. Our Guests include Lauren Ferebee (playwright), John Stanley Walch, Assistant Professor of Theatre at University of Arkansas (Lauren'…
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Myesha-Tiara and Willow James team up to talk about the intersection of theatre and community in Chicago. Inspired by We Women audio performances of RACHEL, by Angelina W. Grimke, and AFTERMATH, by Mary Burrill, Willow and Myesha will introduce an exciting new episode coming up at WE WOMEN. Be sure to listen to our audio performance of RACHEL and A…
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Rachel, by Angelina W. Grimké A sensitive and well-educated young Black woman loves children and, when she meets the man of her dreams, is eager to raise a family with him. But her dream of blissful family life is destroyed when she is forced to come to terms with American racism. PLACE & TIME Northern U.S., 1916 CAST MRS MARY LOVING – SHARIBA RIVE…
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Social Justice Interview Tabby Biddle Podcast #131 MAY 12 Julie Proudfoot interviews Tabby Biddle, who has worked at the intersection of women’s leadership, feminine spirituality and social change for nearly two decades. Tabby is the founder of TAB Media, the co-founder of 50 Women Can Change the World in Media & Entertainment, the author of the be…
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Empowering Discussion Bold Stroke for a Wife by Susanna Centlivre Podcast #130 April 28, 2021 We Women Producer and Host Julie Proudfoot moderates a no-holds-barred discussion about gender parity, women's empowerment and feminist sexuality with members of the incredible creative team of BOLD STROKE FOR A WIFE. Director Molly Lyons, Sound Designer W…
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April 14, 2021 A Bold Stroke for a Wife, by Susanna Centilivre A military officer falls madly in love with a young woman and dons four different disguises to convince her powerful and extremely disagreeable guardians to grant him her hand in marriage. PLACE & TIME 18th century England CAST COLONEL FAINWELL – JEFFREY BAUMGARTNER FREEMAN – JOHN HAM S…
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Podcast #128 MARCH 31, 2021 Black Beauty & Black Joy We Women Co-Producer and Artemisia Resident Sound Designer Willow James interviews Carla Stillwell, award-winning actor, playwright and director. Ms. Stillwell is the founder and Executive Director of The Stillwell Institute of Contemporary Black Art on Chicago’s South Side. Its mission is to rec…
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Empowering Discussion Opposing Ophelia by Deneen Reynolds-Knott Podcast #127 March 17, 2021 We Women Producer and Host Julie Proudfoot moderates a BRAVE discussion about beauty, feminism and the freedom to embrace your true self with the incredible creative team of OPPOSING OPHELIA. Playwright Deneen Reynolds-Knott, Director Celeste M. Cooper, Soun…
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March 3, 2021 Opposing Ophelia, by Deneen Reynolds-Knott Yvette, a former model and student at the Ophelia Devore School of Modeling & Charm, is confronted with new ideas about beauty, blackness and womanhood, when her daughter, Nina, joins the National Black Feminist Organization in 1973. PLACE & TIME New York, New York - 1952/1973 CAST MISS DEVOR…
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Podcast #125 FEBRUARY 17, 2021 Immigration Justice Julie Proudfoot interviews Sandra Gonzalez, a former high school Spanish for native speakers teacher, a Ph.D. student, a community organizer, and a first-time candidate running for Waubonsee Community College trustee. She is the executive director of the Aurora Rapid Response Team, a non-profit, th…
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Julie Proudfoot moderates an empowering discussion with the creative team of Sharai Bohannon's one-act play, What About The Children. Playwright Sharai Bohannon, Director Myesha-Tiara, Co-Producer and Sound Designer Willow James, and actors Joseph Ramski and Jessamyn Fitzpatrick weigh in on the impact of the rise in immigration injustice and violen…
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JAN 20, 2021 Audio Performance What About the Children, by Sharai Bohannon The wife of an ICE officer has had enough. Written for Protest Plays Project’s #TheatreActionImmigration Directed by Myesha-Tiara Sound Design by Willow James CAST Sonya - Jessamyn Fitzpatrick Matt - Joseph Ramski Support Artemisia We Women at https://artemisiatheatre.org/do…
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Julie Proudfoot interviews the ever-amazing E. Faye Butler, Chicago legend and award-winning actor who has recently joined Artemisia's Board of Directors. E. Faye shares her lifelong passion for the art of performance and her dedication to amplifying women's voices on stage and off by sharing their empowering stories. Support Artemisia We Women at …
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PLAY DISCUSSION EVERY WAITING HEART, by Lauren Ferebee Podcast #121 November 24, 2020 Moderated by Julie Proudfoot, Sound Design by Willow James Julie Proudfoot moderates a discussion with Willow James (Sound Designer) and actors Patty Malaney, Tamarus Harvell, Myesha-Tiara, Harmony Zhang, John Ham and Sarah Beth Tanner about their work on Lauren F…
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Virtual Performance of EVERY WAITING HEART, by Lauren Ferebee In 1848 MIRIAM - played by ANITA KAVUU NG'ANG'A RUTH - played by HARMONY ZHANG In 2019 HANNAH - played by MYESHA-TIARA ANNETTE - played by PATTY MALANEY SHERRI - played by SARAH BETH TANNER LEON - played by JOHN HAM CHARLIE - played by TAMARUS HARVELL The play's action is set in Nebraska…
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Anita Kavuu-Ng'ang'a, Angela Oliver, and Willow James discuss the relevance and social justice themes of Mary Burrill's great protest play, THEY THAT SIT IN DARKNESS. Charlique C. Rolle, who directed the virtual reading, shares her observations. Artemisia's Artistic Director, Julie Proudfoot, moderates the discussion, which centers on women's empow…
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THEY THAT SIT IN DARKNESS by Mary Burrill Directed by Charlique C. Rolle - Sound Design by Willow James CAST RJW Mays as Malinda Jasper - Mother Keisha Champagne as Elizabeth Shaw - A Visiting Nurse Angela Oliver as Lindy Emerson Elias as Miles/John Henry James Lewis as Aloysius Anita Kavuu Ng'ang'a as Mary Ellen Willow James as Narrator Support th…
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Artemisia visions a new focus for its podcast with exciting virtual performances & discussions of classic and all-new feminist plays! Host Julie Proudfoot interviews Charlique Rolle, co-curator & co-director, and Willow James, sound designer, who are joining our artistic team! Support the show (https://artemisiatheatre.org/donate/)…
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Julie Proudfoot interviews Lauren Ferebee, playwright, composer, theatre artist, and founding member of Scrappy Shakes, a theatre collective in South Carolina. Lauren shares her belief in the power of storytelling to change the world; her creative process as a writer falling in love with her characters; and her inspiring viewpoint about what makes …
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Julie Proudfoot interviews Stephanie Diaz, actor, voice over artist, puppetry artist and recipient of a 2019 3Arts Award. Stephanie talks about her natural passion for acting, the many facets of her creative life and her love for working with great theatre artists. Support the showBy Artemisia Feminist Podcast
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Julie Proudfoot interviews Minita Gandhi, actress, writer and activist. Minita shares her love for storytelling, the genesis and creation of her wildly-successful one-woman play, MUTHALAND, and her dedication to empowering diverse voices. Minita believes that representation and leadership matter and she is passionate about using her talent and her …
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Julie Proudfoot interviews Jon Martinez, actor, director, choreographer and Associate Artistic Director of Firebrand Theatre. Jon talks about his passion for choreography, his lifelong love for musicals, his gratitude for the work, and the questions raised about how theatre will move forward responsibly under the pressures of the pandemic. Support …
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Julie Proudfoot interviews Jill Valentine, Executive Director and founding principal of Stage 773. Jill talks about her work in comedy as a performer, her dedication to running a safe, supportive space for Chicago's artists and Stage 773's commitment to diverse voices on their stages. Support the show (https://artemisiatheatre.org/donate/)…
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Julie Proudfoot interviews Rena Henderson Mason, founder and leader of Bold Agenda, a consulting, training and coaching firm focused on empowering board and staff leaders to embrace change. Through her work in executive coaching and board development, Rena inspires courageous leadership, teaches effective strategic planning and helps nonprofits ope…
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Julie Proudfoot interviews Lisa Wolpe, critically-acclaimed actor, director, writer and founder of the all-female, multi-cultural Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company, who talks about creating parity in Shakespeare and her amazing one-woman show, Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender. Support the show…
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Julie Proudfoot interviews Scott Duff, Chicago-based actor, comic, radio host and Artistic Associate of About Face Theatre, who talks about his start in theatre, his radio show OUT CHICAGO and his passion for equal rights. Support the showBy Artemisia Feminist Podcast
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Celeste M. Cooper, award-winning actor, creative producer & ensemble member at Steppenwolf Theatre, talks about discovering her passion for acting; her love for creating a family with her fellow actors; her abiding faith in God; and her work as an activist to promote justice for black and brown lives with BE THAT LIGHT, a series of panel discussion…
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Enjoy this wonderful diverse cast of Chicago Actors reading THE PEOPLE, by Pulitzer Prize-Winning playwright Susan Glaspell. A prescient one-act play about a struggling socialist magazine and the women who believe in it. CAST Lindsay Tornquist as Woman from Idaho, Al’Jaleel McGhee as the Editor, Ben Cumings as Oscar, Kirstin Franklin as Sara, Tom M…
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Myesha-Tiara, actor, director & Artistic Director, talks about her passion for acting, her dedication to helping emerging theatre artists, and her important work as the Founding Artistic Director of Perceptions Theatre in Chicago. Support the show (https://artemisiatheatre.org/donate/)By Artemisia Feminist Podcast
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May 25, 2020 - Artemisia, A Chicago Podcast Julie Proudfoot interviews Tracy Baim, award winning journalist, publisher of the Chicago Reader and owner and past publisher of Windy City Times. Tracy talks about her work in Chicago Media as an openly gay journalist, her passionate commitment to pay it forward for young journalists and her current fund…
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