This past Sunday was the 3rd annual International Mother Artist Day. It's a day to celebrate the unique gifts of mothers and caregivers who create theatre and families, as well as to acknowledge the challenges they often face.
For a little bit of fun, we interviewed our children about what exactly their moms do and need! Watch this short video edited by Mariah, featuring (in chronological order): Lila, Sebastian, Isaac, Arlo, Dimitri and Shiloh.
In our own company, we have committed to paying a childcare stipend to help to defray the considerable costs of childcare and prioritizing parent-artist availability when scheduling rehearsals.
Your support as a Patreon member helps mother artists to thrive and stay in the work force!
This year, the Parent Artist Advocacy League, who launched this day, put a special focus on BIPOC mothers:
"These womxn and caregivers not only navigate the world of parenting and art-making, but they also face barriers that white parents do not, like pay inequality, being left out of child and healthcare decisions that disproportionately impact them, lack of representation in the companies and nonprofits they work within, and a lack of representation in their industries. Learn more about these barriers and the annual campaign here."