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making room & making plays

 

Praise for The Hearth's inaugural production For Annie

“Anyone attentive to the news will know sexual assault and gender-based violence are commonplace horrors of campus life, and that reality makes thoughtful artistic investigations of the subject — especially driven by women artists — much-needed. Miller's cast brings high energy and an ensemble spirit to the production, and Hyland writes with compassion.”

 -The Village Voice

"The performances are so natural and convincing that it’s easy to be persuaded that this is a devised piece based on personal experience and improvisation. But the play, by Beth Hyland, is masterfully scripted from the first curtain speech to the final number."

-Theatre Is Easy

"A perfect choice of inaugural production for The Hearth, the show well encapsulates the power and sensitivity of complex female characters. Above all, the playwrights has created characters that can live, breathe, and communicate without pretense...With such pragmatic direction of Emma Miller, co-artistic director of The Hearth, "For Annie" becomes a tale not to be missed by those who stand for sisterhood, both onstage and off."

-NYTheatreGuide

 

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.

 

*Don't believe us? It's staggeringly true. Read on to find out more:

The League of Professional Theatre Women's "Women Count" Study

American Theatre Magazine's "Women Push for Equality On and Off Stage" 

Marsha Norman's "Not There Yet" published by TCG

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who we are

Julia Greer & Emma Miller

Artistic Directors

Photo by Gracie Gardner

Photo by Gracie Gardner

JULIA GREER is a producer, actor, and writer.  She most recently was seen at Dixon Place in Ryan Drake's Gaming and Crying and Dreaming and Gaming and in a reading of Natalie Margolin's new play Tutus with Black Coffee Productions. This past year, she acted as Paula Vogel’s script assistant on her productions of Indecent at The Vineyard Theater, The La Jolla Playhouse, and on Broadway. Past employment includes 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.  As an actor, Julia has been seen in many plays including Ryan and Alice, Gidion’s Knot (Thomas Turgeon Memorial Award and Joanne Woodward Award for Best Actress), Noises Off, Summer and Smoke, The Bakkhai, boom, Red Light Winter, From Up Here and originated the role of Mavis in Wendy MacLeod’s The Ballad of Bonnie Prince Chucky. As a producer, she co-founded StageFemmes with Emma Miller at Kenyon College and produced the New York Premieres of The Power of Punctuation (The Davenport) and Taught (American Theatre of Actors). Among many productions, Julia and Emma developed and produced an original musical by Beth Hyland and facilitated and directed a developmental workshop of LA-based producer and writer Megan Dobkin’s Pink Boxes which they continue to develop with Lauren Pritchard.  Julia is a proud graduate of Kenyon College and the National Theater Institute.  juliagreer.co

EMMA MILLER is a New York-based director, producer, writer, and educator. She recently completed the Casting Fellowship at Playwrights Horizons, before which she was their Artistic Intern. Emma’s work as a director includes 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, Post Grad: A New Musical (StageFemmes); and Hairspray, Fiddler on the Roof, and Where There's A Will (Playmakers Theatre.) As an assistant director, Emma has worked at Dobama Theatre, Kenyon College, Notre Dame College, and Playmakers Youth Theatre. She’s assisted on new plays by writers including Wendy MacLeod, Halley Feiffer, Kirsten Greenidge, Michaela Coel, Kirk Lynn, and Japhet Balaban. Emma spent two summers as the Directing Assistant at the Kenyon Playwrights Conference. As a producer, Emma and Julia Greer co-founded StageFemmes at Kenyon College, with which they produced contemporary works by women, including Dry Land, Post Grad, Bachelorette, and a developmental workshop of Pink Boxes. Emma is an alumna of Kenyon College and the National Theater Institute - Advanced Directing at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. 

News + Updates

We are excited to present a workshop of NURSE SLUTS, a new play by Julia Greer and Shelby Green at LADYFEST at THE TANK. Get your tickets now!

FOR ANNIE was listed in Playbill's "8 Shows to See in New York City with Limited Runs"!

Check out our FOR ANNIE page to find out more and scroll down to the press section to read more reviews and features.

SUMMER READING SERIES

Last summer, we accepted submissions of plays on the theme of female friendship.

We workshopped two beautiful plays, Alma Mater by Cassidy Lu Jones and For Annie by Beth Hyland.

We're so excited to have been a part of their developmental processes!

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Press

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

Julia and Emma were featured in the Kenyon College Alumni Bulletin and were interviewed by Kenyon College Public Relations for founding StageFemmes, a campus feminist theater company, and to discuss their plans for starting a similarly-minded company after school. 

"GREER AND MILLER WORKED TO PUT ON MORE PLAYS IN A VARIETY OF GENRES -- HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE BY PAULA VOGEL AND DRY LAND BY RUBY RAE SPIEGEL -- OFTEN MAKING USE OF NONTRADITIONAL THEATER SPACES.

THEY SET UP A LIBRARY OF FEMALE-WRITTEN PLAYS IN THEIR STAGEFEMMES-THEMED HOUSE TO ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO CONSIDER THOSE WORKS FOR SCENES IN THEIR ACTING CLASSES OR AS THEIR SENIOR THESIS PRODUCTIONS...'THEY'RE AMAZING YOUNG PRODUCERS,' SAID WENDY MACLEOD...WHO SERVED AS THEIR FACULTY ADVISOR."

-Kenyon College Alumni Bulletin, Fall 2015

Read the full article here.