106: Maintaining connections and building community online with Johannah Maynard Edwards of the Women’s Theatre Festival

Johannah Maynard Edwards is the Executive Director of the Women’s Theatre Festival based in Raleigh, NC. You’ll hear Johannah describe the current work of the Women’s Theatre Festival as she very quickly pivoted to offer a remarkable slate of online offerings to her community. She speaks with candor and transparency about the financial realities of this moment for WTF and her vision and advocacy. **She also touches on THE TRIANGLE BAKE OFF for NC Playwrights — this Friday!**

Find out more at http://womenstheatrefestival.com

Donate to WTF on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/womenstheatrefestival/

In addition to being the Executive Director of WTF, Johannah Maynard Edwards has directed, devised, and produced countless theatrical productions in NYC, Minneapolis, and the Triangle. A passionate arts educator, Johannah has been a teaching artist at Raleigh Little Theatre for the past ten years. She is a Chief Rep for PAAL, the Parent Artist Advocacy League for the Performing Arts and serves on the Arts Learning Community for Universal Access through the Office of Raleigh Arts. Johannah is  an outspoken advocate and consultant for access and inclusion in theatre and has created a resource guide for presenting sensory-friendly theatre. She is a graduate of NYU/Tisch School of the Arts/Playwrights Horizons Theatre School.

This interview was recorded virtually on March 21, 2020. We do discuss the COVID-19 pandemic.

ASBX episode: 038: Managing Director Johannah Maynard Edwards advocates for inclusion, develops structures for growth, and turns problems into solutions

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The New Colossus

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Master Builder

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Declaration of Love

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