The Shrill Collective is a woman-founded, woman-centric-activist-theatrical-organization (WF-WCATO, if ya nasty.) Composed of female identifying artists, our community seeks to effect civic, social, and economic change through the union of activism and the performing arts. We believe that by giving women an elevated platform to share their unique artistic perspective and experiences, we can transform a pipeline that has traditionally favored male storytelling as the sole encapsulation of the human experience. By pairing these stories with local changemaking organizations, we hope to amplify the beneficial impact that the advancement and prosperity of women has on humankind.
We began as six artistic women, so totally bored of the patriarchy, in a New York City acting class. Our boredom quickly transformed into fight, and became the kindling of our fire for justice, in November of 2016 . We were hungry for change, a community of women and an opportunity to have our voices heard. We marched. We donated. We volunteered. We phone banked. None of it felt like enough! As artists, we felt overwhelmed and unqualified to navigate the landscape of social and political justice. Until an internet meme. A joke about abstaining from certain men, until women had full legal autonomy of their bodies, led to the plot of Lysistrata, which led to The Shrill Collective.
We performed our first staged reading, a one night only adaptation of “Lysistrata” in April of 2017, and there in that 40 seat theater, raised over $1,000 for The Reproductive Health Access Project. We knew we couldn’t stop there. The Shrill Collective was founded, our mission was set, and we have been facilitating artist’s activism through their creativity ever since. We look forward to our community growing, and seeing many more women’s stories and organizations shine on our stages.
The Shrill Collective was founded on March 5th, 2017