The first venture, HER VOICES in April 2016, featured 26 women reading selected short pieces in Readers Theatre fashion and showcased two musicians during intermissions. Some of these women had had stage experience, some had never been on the HG stage, and others had never been on any stage. Response to this event was overwhelmingly positive and provided encouragement for a three-day weekend in fall 2016
In preparation for the fall event, Pat Davis and Linda Williams conducted memoir-writing workshops beginning in July. Again more than 20 women signed up, and their efforts culminated in a selection of their memoirs presented in Readers Theatre format Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 in the Warehouse Theatre. During the same weekend, Amy Rene Byrne from Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, conducted workshops in stage combat and improv for women of all ages. And on Oct. 1 and 2, HGWP presented five short plays in the Warehouse Theatre All five were directed by women (with mentor if she had not directed before), and 14 females were cast in these plays. This weekend provided opportunities for over 40 women Again response was enthusiastic from performing women as well as from audiences. It was clear that HGWP must continue its mission into 2017.