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How Lipstick is Changing Diversity in Theatre

"Anomalies at Northwestern, For Colored Girls ran with an all-black cast and Five Lesbians with an almost exclusively queer crew. Meanwhile, at Northwestern theater and Hollywood more broadly, directors routinely say they can’t find enough students of color for shows with racially diverse casts. "

- North by Northwestern (2016)

"Northwestern's Burlesque show taught me that I don't have to be skinny to be sexy. It taught me that loving myself is the KEY to nailing my performances. Itt gave me a place to be 100% myself with the most loving people I've ever met, and I'll be forever grateful!"-Diore DeLure

-Her Campus (2016)

"Communication junior Ben Weiss, a co-chair of Lipstick Theatre — a StuCo theater board focusing on women’s issues — said he appreciates the opportunity to collaborate with a variety of organizations that are relevant to the message of the board’s shows. Last Fall Quarter, Lipstick Theatre produced “For Colored Girls,” a play featuring the lives and struggles of several black women, and had little difficulty casting when the board reached out beyond the theater community."

The Daily Northwestern (2016)

"Northwestern’s feminist theater company, Lipstick Theatre, was approved a year early to join the Student Theatre Coalition, contributing a new element of diversity to the now 12-group collective."

The Daily Northwestern (2016)

Arts Night Promotes Women’s Empowerment with Theater and Song

“We are a feminist theater group which means we...seek to share the stories of those people whose stories don’t get heard,” said SESP junior Katherine Slosburg, Lipstick Theatre’s campus engagement chair. “This really means that we tell women’s stories, women of color’s stories, minorities’ stories, and queer people’s stories.”

The Daily Northwestern (2015)

Jenna Perlstein (Class of 2017) Co-Chair Activism Receives Campus Life Award
"outstanding work with Lipstick Theater. She coordinated this year’s annual Burlesque Show, where she strove to reinforce positive body image for the participants and audiences. Over 70 students auditioned for the productions and she refused to turn anyone away. She made it possible for any student who desired to participate...to do so. Over 1,500 students and community members were in attendance, and not one person left disappointed!"

-Office of the Vice President (2015)

"Lipstick Theatre is constantly producing theater as good – if not better – than StuCo, and [The Heidi Chronicles] will certainly be no exception to that trend."

The Daily Northwestern (2014)

"One of Lipstick Theatre’s boldest moves came last winter in the form of its first student-run, student-produced burlesque show. Declaring, “We are looking for anything and everything, anyone and everyone,” the group solicited dancers of all experience levels. The second annual show will debut during Spring Quarter. While the sheer novelty of stripping might contribute to the burlesque show’s popularity, participants believe the atmosphere of acceptance is what made the show a success."

North by Northwestern (2014)

"People think about feminism in many different ways. Everybody loves women in some way, shape or form. Being open to that discussion raises some really interesting and exciting topics to do with women’s rights, which deserve respect and discussion."

The Daily Northwestern (2013)

"Northwestern University’s theatre scene is overwhelmingly student-supported and student-run.  With countless theatre boards putting up numerous shows every year, one might think that these student groups have all the bases covered.  This year, however, sophomore Ali Shields raised an important question: What about women? With each theatre board having its own niche, there seemed to be a gap that was calling to be filled.  Shields took the initiative in the creation of a women’s theatre board, Lipstick Theatre." 

Her Campus (2013)

“(My professor) asked, ‘If there was one thing about the department you could change what would it be?’ and my roommate said, ‘I wish there were more opportunities for women’” 

The Daily Northwestern (2013)

 

 
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