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Women and Hollywood


Melissa Silverstein is the founder and editor of Women and Hollywood, one of the most respected sites for issues related to women and film as well as other areas of pop culture. Women and Hollywood educates, advocates, and agitates for gender parity across the entertainment industry.

She is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Athena Film Festival. The 5th annual festival will take place from February 5-8, 2015 at Barnard College in NYC.

Melissa recently published the first book from Women and Hollywood, In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing, which is a compilation of over 40 interviews that have appeared on the site.

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Women and Hollywood

Emma Stone to Make Broadway Debut in 'Cabaret'

Stone will be taking over the role of Sally Bowles when Michelle Williams' extended run in the Broadway hit comes to an end.
  • By Laura Berger
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  • August 21, 2014 12:00 PM
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Gloria Estefan Musical Coming to Broadway in 2015

Estefan is welcoming video auditions via Twitter (#reachgloria).
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 18, 2014 1:32 PM
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Keke Palmer to Become Broadway's First Black Cinderella

Sherri Shepherd will play the evil witch.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • August 5, 2014 3:27 PM
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Director Leigh Silverman on Mounting the Broadway Musical Violet and Working with Sutton Foster

"Design-wise, it all starts with [Violet's] scar as metaphor -- we don't see the scar, but every character on stage reacts to it."
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • July 31, 2014 11:34 AM
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New York's Women’s Project Theater Hires New Producing Artistic Director

McNulty's association with the theater goes back nearly two decades.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 24, 2014 1:00 PM
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The First Wives Club Musical Planned for Broadway

"Designing Women" creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason will pen the stage production's book.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • July 1, 2014 12:26 PM
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Julie Taymor Wraps Up Shooting of A Midsummer Night's Dream

"It will probably never see the light of day again as a live production, so I feel very good about the film," Taymor said.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 23, 2014 1:58 PM
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New Annual List Launched to Spotlight Women's Plays

The List is compiled by The Kilroys, a group of LA-based women playwrights and producers committed to gender inclusivity in theater.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 17, 2014 2:00 PM
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Audra McDonald Sets Two Records at the 2014 Tony Awards

Winners also included Rosie O'Donnell, Sophie Okonedo, Lena Hall, and Jessie Mueller.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • June 9, 2014 11:48 AM
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Winnie Holzman to Receive Lilly Award for Lifetime Achievement

Holzman wrote the lyrics to the musical "Wicked."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • May 21, 2014 1:25 PM
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