About AWPN

What is this site for?

The African Women Playwrights Network is a research platform that takes the form of a virtual community. Through this site, female creative practitioners living in Africa who are involved in creating oral and/or physical performance and playwriting (either as individuals or groups) can compare and share their creative practices with one another, researchers and other interested parties. This includes potential audiences, directors, funders and artistic managers and programmers in all parts of the world. AWPN is also a platform for dialogue between practitioners regionally, nationally and internationally, and with researchers, regarding what informs and impacts on their creative processes.

Who are the researchers?

Dr. Yvette Hutchison from the School of Theatre, Performance & Cultural Policy Studies at the University of Warwick and Amy Jephta, playwright and lecturer in the Drama department at University of Cape Town.

Who is funding this site?

The African Women Playwrights Network is funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), which funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more.  This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. For further information on the AHRC, please go to www.ahrc.ac.uk.

Who can register?

If you’re a female creative artist who is willing to share your work and experiences with us and other community members, then we’d love you to be part of AWPN!

We are also inviting researchers in related fields, as well as other interested parties – which may include theatre managers, festival programmers, researchers, teachers and students – to register and join us in conversation with the female artists registered on this network.

Can I browse the site without registering?

All participation in this research is entirely voluntary. You may refuse to participate from the very beginning, or withdraw at any time. Your refusal to participate or your withdrawal will not have any negative consequences for you or your organisation. We may wish to conduct an interview with you, or possibly liaise with you about collecting further kinds of research data if you are interested in helping with a follow-up study.

Why should I join the African Women Playwrights Network?

This network gives you the opportunity to connect with other artists and be in conversation with theatre practitioners from around the globe, right from your mobile phone. Find out how other artists work, live and create, and share your own experiences with them.

Gain insights from your own and other artists/practitioners reflections on their lived experiences in professionally creative and intercultural contexts.

How safe is the information I share with you?

All profile data will not be visible publicly and personal information will be anonymised in subsequent reporting of survey data.  Records of research data will be stored in a secure location and destroyed within 10 years of completion of this research project.

How will you use the information I share with you?

Your anonymised data may be used as follows:

I want to know more about the network…who can I contact?

For further information or queries, or for any requests for additional feedback, please contact Dr. Yvette Hutchison, Y.A.Hutchison@warwick.ac.uk

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