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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

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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The Tony Award Nominations: Women Writers Are Missing

Not a single play written by a woman was nominated. Not a single play written by a woman was produced.
  • By Melissa Silverstein
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  • April 29, 2014 12:00 PM
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Nora Ephron, Cyndi Lauper Among Tony Award Nominees

Earlier this week, the 2013 Tony awards nominations were announced. Nora Ephron received a posthumous nomination for Best Play for Lucky Guy. Iconic pop star, Cyndi Lauper, was nominated for Best Original Score for Kinky Boots (which led the pack with 13 nominations). And Diane Paulus was nominated for Best Director of a Musical for Pippin, which is her third Best Director Tony nomination. Other women directors who have received as many nominations as Paulus include Susan Stroman and Kathleen Marshall.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • May 2, 2013 8:00 AM
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