Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival (LAWTF) was founded by solo
artist Adilah Barnes and Miriam Reed who met at a California Arts Council
Touring Roster Conference in Pasadena in 1993.
conclusion of that weekend conference, all participants were asked to
convene for a closing. During
announcements, it was Miriam Reed who suggested to Adilah Barnes that they
make an announcement requesting all solo artists to join them in the rear
of the room following the conference to determine how they might
collectively support each other.
Miriam were bombarded with solo artists of diverse disciplines (including
actors, dancers, story tellers, performance artists, performance poets,
sculptors and comedians).
McCardle offered a meeting space at the Burbank Little Theatre.
By the end of the meeting the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre
Festival was born.
founding circle includes Adilah Barnes, Joyce Guy, Judith Heineman, Nina
Kaufman, Helene McCardle, Miriam Reed and Phylise Smith.
inspired by the Women's Theatre Festival in Philadelphia that had created
the National Women's Theatre Festival satellite in Los Angeles in 1992 at
the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
In 1993, LAWTF picked up the torch and continued the vision that
had been planted by the Women’s Theater Festival in Los Angeles.