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.
We realize that the power of the Women’s Room is much greater than first imagined when we gathered at our little table in Kitchener. Now, in its’ 5th year, 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.