If you're a parent in theatre, and have encountered some challenges or figured out some solutions to this ever-present balancing act of art and children, check out this important new advocacy group touching on this not-talked-about-enough subject. Founded by artist and mom, Rachel Spencer Hewitt, Parent Artist Advocacy League (PAAL) for the Performing Arts is "a collective of individuals and theatre organizations committed to family-friendly practices in the theatre."
[PAAL is] a national network and resource hub built to stimulate conversation that breaks barriers and stigmas of parenthood in the theatre arts while promoting and generating solutions and initiatives. [Its mission is] to empower and advocate for the parent-artist, both employee and freelance, in collaboration with theatre organizations in order to raise awareness of parent artist obstacles in the theatre and create work-life balance interventions, healthy work culture, stable protocols, and accessible pathways to employment. (PAALtheatre.com)
Now, PAAL is hosting its first series of forums, entitled, Motherhood in Theatre: Breaking the Silence. You can attend these free upcoming forums (including free childcare--they practice what they preach!) in the cities below:
I'll be at the NYC forum, and look forward to discussing, sharing, learning, empathizing, and working toward positive changes to ensure theatre increases inclusion for these much-needed voices.
Thanks, Rachel, for bringing this issue to the forefront and your amazing work to put all of this together (while still being a mom and artist, among many other outfits!)!