New Georges was founded in 1992 by women actors confronting the scarcity of substantive roles for women. The women we knew were strong, witty, complex; women in plays seemed objectified and diminished. And where were the plays that dealt with the things we cared about? By producing plays by women, we thought, we could create opportunity and herald a new perspective.
We figured once we met one woman playwright, we’d be on the trail of more. It soon became evident that no such network existed — and from what playwrights were telling us, it wasn’t for lack of need. Creating that community became a major goal, and a cornerstone of New Georges’ quick evolution from an actors’ company to an organization with a broader mission.