TODAY – FORUM: Motherhood in Theatre (Chicago) – FREE CHILDCARE PROVIDED

IT’S HAPPENING. After a successful meeting of Women in Theatre – the forum hosted by Onward & Upward – our official breakaway session on Motherhood in Theatre is live and ready for your voice. Register here!

And yes, as the title says, FREE CHILDCARE PROVIDED on-site (breastfeeding moms and children are also welcome in the forum space). Check out the details and click the link below to register you and your people:

When: February 25, 2017 (Saturday)

Where: Vagabond School of the Arts, 4001 N Ravenswood Ave #504

Time: 10:30AM-12:30PM

TicketsFREE (but please RSVP for you and any children who will be playing in our childcare via the “child” ticket option) or email if last minute –

What: A forum to begin conversation on the obstacles, joys, struggles, and solutions for motherhood in the theater. From social stigma to structure/schedules to sanity and opportunities, we will touch on common topics and also have time to share what we’ve experienced, all in all, to create a community here that will lead to productive change. 

We hope you can join us!

We are already working on similar events in Philadelphia and New York City. If you would like to be on the email list, shoot us an email.

This is the first but not only event we will be having this year. I hope you can make it, but if not, please contact me to get your name on the list, and we will absolutely keep you in the loop. You’re a part of this simply by who you are – and that in and of itself has value, you rockstar theatre mom.

See you soon.


Rachel Spencer Hewitt

Auditioning Mom

Where Are the Disappeared Women of the Theatre? – HowlRound

The full article first appeared on 12/16/16 on – excerpt and link below.

Written by AuditioningMom Rachel Spencer Hewitt.

As promised, here is the stunning comprehensive story behind the #StandByYourMAM selfie posted by AuditioningMom and loads of other supporters. Mothers Artist Makers (MAM) – an off-shoot of the radical movement #WakingTheFeminists (#WTF) – is a sister group across the sea in Ireland making waves for gender equality on the platform of generating awareness and initiatives that support theatre artist moms. It was my pleasure to interview four of them and create the essay for HowlRound that the journal published yesterday. Read the incredible story here:

“Tara Derrington scribbled her question on the back of one of her daughter’s paintings. She woke at 3 A.M. with it spinning in her mind. That day in November 2015, Tara joined close to 600 women at a rally in Dublin for Waking the Feminists (WTF) to fight for gender equality on the stage. She attended alone after the event proved inaccessible to many of her colleagues due to scheduling. Standing solo, photographers snapped the image of Tara holding the sign she had made with her question in thick, black ink: ‘Where are the disappeared women of the Arts? At the schoolyards now.’ And thus began the dialogue that is revolutionizing representation for professional female artists with children across the Irish theatrical platform.”


Click photo for full article.