The Future is Female

New women-centric Dallas theater company blends activism with artistry

New women-centric Dallas theater company blends activism with artistry

A Midsummer Night's Dream painting by Sir Edwin Landseer
A scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream, painted by Sir Edwin Landseer. Photo courtesy of Fine Art America

Dallas has a new theater company: Lily & Joan, a female-focused troupe with a philanthropic bent. Founded by North Texas-based theater artists Erika Larsen and Emily Faith, the Bishop Arts-based company's mission is to "intentionally and inclusively highlight the female perspective."

Not only that, but a release announcing its debut states that Lily & Joan will donate 50 percent of its productions' proceeds to local women's organizations.

"Our goal is that Lily & Joan will be a haven," says Larsen, "where all artists, particularly women and female-identifying artists, can transform the ever-present narrative of scarcity surrounding artistic opportunities into a narrative of abundance, safety, and artistic freedom."

Lily & Joan's first season will be announced on December 17, during a fundraiser dubbed The Secret Garden Gala (no location or time has been specified yet).

Also TBA is the date and location of its first production, A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare.

Company members include Alle Mims, Amy Thornhill, Debbie Ruegsegger, Jād Brennon Saxton, Katie Brown, and Olivia Grace Murphy.