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Featuring original one-act plays and short screenplays written by emerging women writers.

The 2016 empowHER Reading Series was dedicated to issues affecting women in the election. 

Dead Girls 

by Micheline Auger

directed by Liz Thaler

Dead Girls pokes fun at Hollywood and its roles for women as two actresses attempt to navigate a particularly harrowing pilot season.

by Loren Escandon
directed by Raquel Almazan

Olivia, a farmworker who picks berries, is put in an impossible position. Can she earn a living wage and find medical care

for her husband, all while protecting her daughter from the cruel realities of working in the fields?

Executive Decision
by Talaura Harms
directed by Rose Ginsberg

In deciding between career and family, the choice may not really be up to you. 

An Uncommon Core
written and performed by Abigail Swetz
directed by Kelly McAndrew

“Teaching is about changing the world.
If you don’t believe that,
you’re not doing it right.”
- 8th Grade Student, Room 102 


Orlando Arriaga, Karen Braga*, Toccara Castleman, Karla Evangelista, Marianne Ferrari*, Hannah Jane Ginsberg, Christianne Greiert*, Deanna Henson*, Carson Lee*, Brad Makarowski*, Sarah Matteucci, Marisel Polanco*, Jessica Vera*, Juan Francisco Villa*, and Miranda Noelle Wilson*

With special guests from the Women in Combat Theatre Project who shared an excerpt from their new devised piece We Cry Havoc

*Actors appear courtesy of Actors' Equity Association. 

"You're giving the opportunity for new voices to be heard, new talent to find a home, and stories to find an audience. Clutch is helping women find empathy for each other's perspectives of the world, tolerance for our differences, and support to our dreams."


Loren Escandon

This annual free event was made possible by a generous grant from 

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