The mission of the Hamilton-Gibson Women's Project is to provide opportunities for women of all ages to enrich and empower their lives through community performing arts. We will create more and diverse roles for women in plays and offer workshops on the full range of theatre skills. As an incubator for female creativity, we will enrich Hamilton-Gibson Productions by funneling trained and talented women into positions onstage and backstage, in the green room and the boardroom.
The Hamilton-Gibson Women's Project began in 2016 as a result of the realization that more women than men audition for HG plays, and that there were often more roles for men than for women. Barbara Biddison, Linda Iseri, and Lilace Guignard volunteered to work together to provide leadership to address this clear need. In 2018 Jessie Thompson joined Barbara and Lilace at the helm, after Linda Iseri left the area.
HGWP helps women connect in a variety of ways in the context of theatre arts. Since its inception, women have had greater opportunities to act, but also to write, direct, design (sets and lights), run sound and light boards, and produce eclectic entertainment for Northcentral Pennsylvania. Some seasons there are opportunities for men to act, direct, help backstage, and take workshops. We are grateful for several grants over the years from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and for our loyal sponsors.
Take a look at what the HGWP has done over the years! Our history