The Bay Area Women’s Theatre Festival (baWTF) aims to highlight gender parity, diversity and inclusion on- and off-stage in all 9 Bay Area counties. The festival spans International Women’s Day, International Transgender Day of Visibility and SWAN DAY (Support Women Artists Now). All participating theater works are written and directed by women+** or non-binary theater practitioners and at least 50% of the performers and the designers will be women+ or non-binary artists. The festival’s producing team (called The Instigators) is led by Berkeley-native Michaela Goldhaber (Lead Instigator) and Susan Shay (Festival Producer and baWTF Managing Director).

Our Classical Reading Series explores some of the foremothers of the writers whose work is being performed throughout baWTF, and to foster dialogue between generations of playwrights. Women were writing plays long before Lillian Hellman in 1934, despite what much of American theatre programming would lead you to believe. What you see in the series is just a small sample of the ingenious women+ playwrights, some still performed and some lost to time, whose place in theatre history deserves to be restored. The 6 plays in this series are produced in cooperation with B8 Theatre Company (Concord), California Shakespeare Theater (Orinda), Custom Made Theatre Company (SF), Livermore Shakespeare Festival (Livermore), Marin Shakespeare Company (Mill Valley), San Francisco Shakespeare Festival (SF) and Santa Cruz Shakespeare (Santa Cruz).


  • Starting Monday, March 16th, 2020, repeated every 11 days until Monday, May 11, 2020 — all day


Susan Shay