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making room & making plays

Producers of New York Times Critic’s Pick ATHENA!

UP NEXT: A Workshop Production of Leila Teitelman’s BABY CAKES at Theaterlab

April 25-27

Directed by Emma Miller

Featuring Shauna Bloom*, Marissa Carpio, Julia Greer, Mary E. Hodges*, Emma Kaye*, Drew Lewis*, Marina Morrissey*, Jenni Putney*.

Click here for information and tickets.

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What we do

In 2015, the League of Professional Theatre Women conducted a study of New York theaters and their employment of female theater-makers over a five-year span. They found that less than half of the jobs on a given production are held by women. 2012-2013 saw the highest amount of plays by female writers - 36%. That same year, only 8% of lighting designers were women. When theaters did hire women, they often hired the same several people over and over again.*

We're sick of these statistics. So we've set out to do something about them.

The Hearth tells the stories of women.

We nurture and celebrate female and non-binary artists (playwrights, directors, actors, and designers) and develop plays that represent the complex and vast spectrum of womanhood.

The Hearth produces plays that explore female characters who pulse with emotional, intellectual, and psychological complexity.  We seek to challenge stereotypes, advance and complicate the conversation about feminism, and expand perceptions of what it means to be a woman.

We are committed to making room for the next generation of female artists in the landscape of the American theater.

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who we are

Julia Greer & Emma Miller

Artistic Directors

Photo by Mike Edmonds

Photo by Mike Edmonds

JULIA GREER is an actor, writer and co-artistic director of The Hearth.  Most recent theater credits include: Athena (The Hearth/JACK - New York Times Critic’s Pick), Slow Field (TheaterLab), Tommy's Girls (Primary Stages/Fordham), The Trojan Women (New Collectives), For Annie (The Hearth), Nurse Sluts at (The Tank) and Gaming and Crying and Dreaming and Gaming (Dixon Place). Upcoming Film: Lady Liberty at Tribeca Film Festival, Untitled Noah Baumbach Project, Human Capital. She's also the co-creator of the web series Jill and Dill (Iron Mule Festival, Portland Comedy Film Festival). Julia acted as Paula Vogel’s script assistant on her production of Indecent on Broadway and currently is David Adjmi's script assistant. She has also worked at The La Jolla Playhouse, New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Season, Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, The Civilians Theater Company, The Ojai Playwrights Conference, The Kenyon Playwrights Conference, and ACT Theatre Seattle.  juliagreer.co

EMMA MILLER is a director, producer, and educator. Emma’s recent work as a director includes Athena (The Hearth/JACK), BallgirlCare, and Time Away (Queens Theatre)  Nurse Sluts (The Hearth/The Tank), Spa Play (Bridge Residency), For Annie (The Hearth/Lucid Body House), Gaming and Crying and Dreaming and Gaming (Dixon Place), Ryan & Alice (Cincinnati Fringe/KNOW Theatre); Summer and Smoke, Gidion's Knot (Thomas Turgeon Memorial Award for Achievement in Directing), A Steady Rain (Thomas Turgeon Memorial Award for Achievement in Directing), Boeing Boeing, Arsenic and Old Lace (Kenyon College); Dry Land, and Post Grad: A New Musical (StageFemmes). Emma was the Casting Fellow at Playwrights Horizons and the Directing Assistant at the Kenyon Playwrights Conference. Emma is an alumna of Kenyon College and the National Theater Institute - Advanced Directing at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. 

News + Updates

April 2019 / We’re presenting a WorkshopProduction of Leila Teitelman’s Baby Cakes at Theaterlab. More information HERE.

March 2019 / We went on a residency with playwright Emma Goidel to The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.

February 2019 / We workshopped a new play by Sophie Weisskoff with a wonderful team of actors.

December 2018 / ATHENA was listed as one of The New York Time’s Most Unforgettable Theater Moments of 2018.

October 2018 / We went on our second annual writers retreat with 6 of our favorite playwrights.

September 2018 / We sat down with Billy McEntee to discuss our origins, the work we do, and all things women in theater. Read our interview with Brookyln Rail HERE.

February 2018 / Check out our Playbill feature about Athena, The Hearth, and sexism in the industry.

February 2018 / We sat down with TDF Stages and talked about our work on Athena.

January 2018 / Gracie Gardner won the Relentless Award for her "unique and fearless" writing.

January 2018 / We workshopped Sofya Levitsky-Weitz’s this party sucks.

December 2017 / We presented a reading of Rae Binstock's POSE directed by Whitney White on December 15. 

December 2017 / The Hearth presented a reading of Lizzie Stern's WILLIAMSBURG at Dixon Place on December 5.

Summer 2017 / We presented a workshop of NURSE SLUTS, a new play by Julia Greer and Shelby Green at LADYFEST at THE TANK.

Scroll down to the press section to read more reviews and features.

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Press

The New York Times listed our most recent production of ATHENA as one of their “Unforgettable Theater Moments of 2018”.

ATHENA was a The New York Times Critic’s Pick. Read the review HERE.

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Read Julia and Emma’s recent interview with Brooklyn Rail HERE.

Julia, Emma and Gracie Gardner talked to TDF Stages about fencing, ATHENA and what The Hearth has set out to do. Read the article HERE. 

"It makes me sad when teen girls are an object of derision, or just the words 'teenage girls' are used as an insult," says Gardner. "I think what's important is disentangling this idea that teenage girls' lives are sort of competitive in an arbitrary way, or that the lives of teenage girls are not as important as other people's. Theatre can be a tool to combat that."

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Julia, Emma and Gracie Gardner sat down with Playbill to talk about Athena, gender parity and the origin story of The Hearth. Read more HERE. 

"'The stories are about women who exist without pretense and without the context of men or other things that are put upon women [are ones] … we want to add to the conversation about women in theatre in a way that feels exciting and nuanced,' adds Greer."

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Julia and Emma were featured as Young Alumni to Watch in the Kenyon College Alumni Bulletin. You can read the full feature HERE.

Nora Gardner interviewed Julia and Emma on her fashion blog about being a woman in the workplace, fashion, and more. Check out their interview HERE. 

Photo by Gracie Gardner

Photo by Gracie Gardner

 

Emma Miller and FOR ANNIE playwright Beth Hyland were interviewed by Works by Women. Check out their interview HERE!

 

Julia and Emma produced the Off-Broadway premiere of Natalie Margolin's The Power of Punctuation. 

Read the New York Times Review here.

"A SMART, WELL-ACTED PLAY, CLEVER AT DELINEATING COMPETING DEMANDS: THE EMOTIONAL INTIMACY OF FRIENDSHIP AND THE PRIVACY REQUIRED TO DEVELOP, OR EVEN DREAM OF, ATTACHMENTS ELSEWHERE...

A WELCOME OASIS OF ENTERTAINMENT IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS FRAUGHT SUMMER."

-Laura Collins-Hughes, The New York Times