ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/ FOUNDER: My name is Natalie Osborne. I’m a Brooklyn based actor, writer and comedian. When I was fourteen I started turning the weird little stories I had in my head into plays and got hooked on writing ever since.
As I soon discovered, less than 20% of the new plays that get produced each year in this country are written by women. The numbers are even worse for women of color. Rather than stomp my feet and give up, I decided I was going to do something about this. Hence, NOplays was born.
It has been an honor to see this community grow year after year, and the amazing work the artists involved in our productions have created. While projects like the HERstory Festival in New Haven Connecticut and The Cozy Reading Series may have ended, there is still a long ways to go towards gender parity in theater. I look forward to continuing that work in New York City, as well as what the future of NOplays might hold.
For more information about the current state of gender parity in theater and for those wanting to get involved in making positive changes towards equality, I highly recommend learning about the study being conducted by The Lilly Awards and The Dramatists Guild: click here.
To learn more about my work as a playwright, click here. To learn more about my work as an actor, click here.