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Care for Caregivers

Rachel Spencer Hewitt (left) and Roberta Pereira (right) with their children and actor Satomi Blair and playwright Anna Moench on the first day of rehearsal for “Mothers” at the Playwrights Realm. (Photo by Daniel J. Vasquez Productions)

There’s no shortage of stage work for young audiences and their parents. But what about rewarding work for stage artists who are the parents of young children, or caretakers of their own aging parents? The U.S. theatre field has some distance to go on this front. This special issue, undertaken with the support and insight of the Parent Artist Advocacy League, looks at examples from theatres large and small that are working to create work/life balance for their artists and staffs, and explores the ongoing intergenerational challenges of sustaining this work from the perspectives of its hardest laborers (i.e., women).

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