Honor Roll: An action and advocacy group of women+ playwrights over 40

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is an advocacy and action group of women+ playwrights over 40 as well as our women+ over 40 allies. The term “women+” refers to a spectrum of gender identification that includes women, non-binary identifiers and trans.

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As an advocacy and action group of women+ playwrights over 40 and our allies, Honor Roll pursues a goal of inclusion in theater.

Honor Roll! was ignited by our shared recognition of the pervasive yet seldom acknowledged bias against women+ playwrights over 40. Our members have in common the lived experience of being overlooked when we were younger, due to sexism only to find ourselves now being passed over, due to ageism, or in other cases, of starting our playwriting journeys later in life because of the inherent disincentives and social responsibilities that often fall to women+.

We also recognize the intersectionality of ageism and that it is an additional burden for women+ of color, transfolx, disabled women+, indigenous women+, the economically pressured and others facing marginalization in our society. Honor Roll! actively seeks diversity in its membership, and works to increase opportunity for all women+ playwrights over 40.

Our Mission Statement is as follows:

HONOR ROLL! is an advocacy and action group of women+ playwrights over forty - and our women+ over 40 allies - whose goal is our inclusion in theater. We are the generation excluded at the outset of our careers because of sexism, now overlooked because of ageism. We celebrate diversity in theater and work to eliminate age discrimination as it intersects with sexism and other biases including those based on race, gender identity, ethnicity, faith, socioeconomic status, disability, and sexual orientation in the American Theater and beyond.

Executive Committee

Honor Roll is dependent upon self-initiated actions. In March 2020, an Executive Committee began coordinating events. EC Members: Cynthia L. Cooper, Cheryl Davis, Yvette Heyliger, Olga Humphrey, Jacqueline Reingold, Sarah Tuft, Lucy Wang.

Read: Honor Roll! ... We Got This by Yvette Heyliger on The Dramatist Blog

Read: We’ll Call You (Unless You’re a Woman Over 40) Dramatists Guild Blog, S. Cal

Read: Sure, resolve to stage more plays by women. It still won’t make up for all we’ve lost by Sarah Schulman

Online: Female playwrights leadership must change KCRW

Read: Female Writers Fight Sageism (Sexism/Racism) with Honor Roll! by Kate Schwartz

Listen: TalkBack, Dramatists Guild: Access At Any Age

Listen: The Women of Honor Roll ! On-Off Stage Podcast

Listen: Hey Playwright, She Persisted

Listen: On-Off Stage Podcast More!

Read: The Workshop Theater to Host Honor Roll! At Their Winter 2022 Workshop Intensive

Press Release:SHE PERSISTED Books



Oct 2020 - Victory. We decried virtual Broadway plays with all male, mosty white, writers. The producers announced 4 plays by women.


Joining HONOR ROLL! is the single most important thing that I have done for myself in years. The organization offers opportunities, shares resources, and provides support to womxn playwrights 40+ and our 40+ allies. As a member, I have also made numerous friends, received recommendations for my plays on NPX, and taken advantage of the submission calls and any number of other calls to action. ~ ~ ~ Rita A.


Contact Us

Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenplaywrights40/

Twitter @HonorRollWrites

Instagram: @honor_roll_playwrights

Tumblr: https://honorrollplaywrights.tumblr.com/

Or reach out via email: HonorRollMembers@gmail.com


This page was initiated by and is maintained by Cindy Cooper for Honor Roll. cyncooperwrtr@gmail.com