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This three-session class will offer an introduction and selected history of women’s contributions to theater while examining the institutional structures of the industry as Broadway re-opens following the Covid-19 pandemic. Session One will explore the history of women and female-identifying artists, beginning with the Greeks and Romans and the first well-known female playwright, Aphra Behn. Participants will discuss the portrayal of women in two popular musicals from Broadway’s “Golden Age”: Carousel and The King I. After identifying the groundbreaking artists that first paved the way for women in the artistic community during, the second session will explore cultural and economic reasons why theater continues to be a largely male-dominated industry as well as discussing two female-focused from 2014 and 2015, If/Then and Fun Home. Session Three will look at the 2021-22 Broadway productions and class participants will discuss the implementation of progressive changes within the industry.