Chelsea Hotel is among the shows that helped the Firehall Arts Centre achieve gender parity in plays written by women last year
Chelsea Hotel is among the shows that helped the Firehall Arts Centre achieve gender parity in plays written by women last year

The Firehall Arts Centre, under the direction of artistic producer Donna Spencer, has been named a recipient of the 2016 International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) 50/50 Applause Award.

Celebrating gender parity on five continents, the ICWP 50/50 Applause Award recognizes theatres that produced 50% or more female playwrights in their 2015/16 season of shows.

Located in the heart of the Downtown Eastside, the Firehall Arts Centre is among 107 theatres in ten countries and five continents recognized with this year’s award.

“It’s wonderful to be recognized by this international body of peers and to be in such great company,” says Spencer. “The Firehall has always been committed to inclusive, progressive programming and we are delighted to be acknowledged for that work.”

Works during the Firehall’s 2015/2016 that helped achieve the gender parity among its playwrights included Tracey Power’s Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen, which was not only an audience and critical hit, but went onto complete a 111-performance tour to sold out audiences across Canada. In Trish Cooper’s  drama, Social Studies, theatregoers gained a greater understanding of how difficult it can be to immigrate to Canada from a war-torn country.  As well, the season included the Shameless Hussy production of Meghan Gardiner’s Love Bombthe Twenty Something Theatre’s production of Julie McIsaac’s The Out Vigil, and Alley Theatre’s production of Hannah Moscovitch’s Little One.

For more information on the Firehall Arts Centre visit http://firehallartscentre.ca

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