The Women’s Room began in 2016 after a series of conversations at our Kitchener office with local women. We wanted to find a way to encourage local female-identifying or female-presenting creators to share their stories. Each year, the Women’s Room invites a new cohort of theatre creators to gather for conversation, creative support, learning, and camaraderie as we carve out an equitable space on our national stages.
There is an urgent need for women to gather: To prod, promote, encourage, build craft, and support each other as we carve out an equitable space on our national stages to tell our stories. This is what the Women’s Room fiercely and lovingly is all about. The Women’s Room belongs to all women storytellers who seek to gather to tell their tales and tell them well.
In recent years, other organizations have reached out to Pat the Dog for guidance and mentorship as they establish a Women’s Room in their own community. This mentorship role has taken Pat the Dog beyond our borders to an International Collaboration with the Lyth Arts Centre in North Scotland who are creating a Women’s Room North assisted by the New Conversation program. Many thanks to the British Council, Canadian High Commission (UK) and Farnham-Maltings for making this new creative relationship possible. This year, representatives from Pat the Dog will be travelling to Scotland to collaborate; the beautiful folk of Lyth Arts Centre will visit Ontario.
We realize that the power of the Women’s Room is much greater than first imagined when we gathered at our little table in Edna’s micro-performance space in Kitchener. We also realize the power and import of gathering at that little table.
The Women’s Room is an active space. One that we would love to see grow in other communities. All it takes is desire, and a place to meet. If you want to make this happen in your community, contact us and we’ll help you get started.
Submissions for the 2019-2020 Women’s Room will be accepted in late fall 2019.