About Women in Theatre

Women in Theatre is a subscriber-based 501(c)(3) organization governed by a board of seven to nine members. Our regular season is composed of three shows per year, plus workshops and additional theatre-based events.

Mission

Women in Theatre (also known as “WIT”) is dedicated to creating quality theatrical experiences for the Kauai community that provoke, inspire and share the joy of live theatre with audiences and performers alike. Our cornerstone is an open, respectful creative environment that encourages growth for all participants involved while maintaining a high degree of business and artistic integrity.

While our productions invite all community members to participate, WIT places a special emphasis on creating positive role models and artistic opportunities for women – not only as actors, but also as directors, playwrights, designers, and producers.

History

Women in Theatre was conceived in 2000 by two women who shared an interest in creating more opportunities for amateur theatre on Kauai, and more opportunities for powerful role models. After the launch of “Girl Talk” in May 2001, it became clear that there was an audience for what we were doing and a dynamic new group began to take shape. A successful season emerged with such diverse productions as A.R. Gurney’s “Ancestral Voices,” “A Tribute to Cole Porter,” and the first production of the new adaptation of “Diary of Anne Frank” in Hawaii.

Since then, Women in Theatre has presented three to five productions every year – including theatre classics like “A Christmas Carol,” leading Broadway productions such as “Proof,” shows spotlighting women through the generations such as “Eleemosynary” and “Quilters”, innovative comedies, intimate readings, dinner theatre, and the premiere of local playwright Mark Tjarks’ “Ventriloquist”.

With past cast members ranging from 4 to 74 years of age, WIT brings together diverse participants and audiences. WIT productions have been performed in theatres and community venues around the island including KCC Performing Arts Center, Lihue Parish Hall, Kilauea Parish Hall, Princeville’s Church of the Pacific, Kauai Village Theater, Hukilau Lanai Restaurant and Storybook Theatre in Hanapepe.

WIT has a commitment to original work by Kauai community members and has succeeded in producing one show per year that is originally written by a resident of our community.

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