Women in Theatre Symposium

The Carolyn Bowman Theatre Symposium

“We need female voices in theatre and we need them at every level—from community theatre to Broadway.”
- Victoria Myers, editor-in-chief of TheIntervalNY.com

Friday, April 7, 2017 | Hale Auditorium, Howard Stowe Cultural Life Center


of the plays being produced in the United States are written by women (Dramatists Guild of America)


of the 1,914 plays produced in 2015-16 were written by women (American Theatre Magazine)

4 out of 40

marquees on Broadway are named after women — Ethel Barrymore, Vivian Beaumont, Helen Hayes and Lynn Fontanne

About the Program

The Roberts Wesleyan College student theatre program and consequent minor was rebooted in Fall 2014 with the inaugural production “Screwtape,” and is managed by artists-in-residence Shawnda Urie (who is also a local actor) and Leah Stacy (who is also a local theatre critic). The program is housed within the Music Department under Chair, Daniel Barta. In Spring 2015, the theatre program began a partnership with the Geneva School District to bring one production per year to the students, since performing arts-related bussing funds are not available for the district. A portion of all ticket sales goes toward funding educational opportunities for income-inhibited students throughout the greater Rochester region.

Schedule & Tickets

  • 9:30 a.m.
  • 10:00 a.m.
  • 11:00 a.m.
  • 11:15 a.m.
  • 12:15 p.m.
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • 2:30 p.m.
  • 2:45 p.m.
  • 3:45 p.m.
  • 4:00 p.m.
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Registration
  • Keynote
  • Break (Snacks Available)
  • Panel Discussion
  • Lunch (Food Trucks)
  • Workshops
  • Break (Snacks Available)
  • Workshops
  • Closing
  • Dinner Break
  • “Pride and Prejudice” Performance
  • $25 per person (includes lunch & one ticket to the evening show)
  • Roberts students are FREE (does not include lunch)

Featured Speakers

Lindsay Warren Baker

Opera Instructor and Dramatic Coach
Eastman School of Music

Music, lyrics and book for “Austen’s Pride: A New Musical”

Amanda Jacobs

Composer/Playwright and Artist Educator


Diep Tran

Associate Editor
American Theatre magazine

Esther Winter

Actor/Director, Owner
Canalside Music Together

Dawn Kellogg

Communications Manager
Geva Theatre Center

Luane Davis Haggerty

Assistant Professor
Rochester Institute of Technology

Cofounder and former Artistic Director of Interborough Repertory Theatre

Virginia Monte

Artistic Director
WallByrd Theatre Co.

award-winning costume designer

Heather Stevenson

Cofounder of PUSH Physical Theatre
Director of PUSHPins

Mary Tiballi Hoffman

Development Manager
Blackfriars Theatre

Megan Mack

member of Thank You Kiss and Canary in a Coal Mine

Beth Winslow

Co-Artistic Director
Lady Parts Theatre Company

Corinne Aquilina

Visiting Lecturer and Music Director
Nazareth College

Melanie Blood

Professor of English and Music
SUNY Geneseo

Stephanie Paredes

Rochester Latino Theatre Company, Inc

Annette Ramos

Rochester Latino Theatre Company, Inc

Lara Ianni

Actress & Arts Educator

Ruth Childs

Theatre Professor
Brockport College

About Carolyn Bowman

Carolyn Bowman was an avid reader, homemaker, teacher and librarian who viewed personal interests in drama and theatre as valid Christian ministries. She had a special talent of visualizing dramatic potential and transforming it into vignettes and plays suitable for worship and spiritual growth. Her family is pleased to know that her interests and influence are continuing at her Alma Mater, Roberts Wesleyan College.

Getting Here

cox hall

Parking is free and is available in lot A. In case you are ever ticketed by Campus Security for parking without a permit, please contact Campus Security as instructed on the ticket and it will be cancelled.