Women in Theatre is a subscriber-based 501(c)(3) organization governed by a board of seven to nine members. Our regular season is composed of three shows per year, plus workshops and additional theatre-based events.
Women in Theatre (also known as “WIT”) is dedicated to creating quality theatrical experiences for the Kauai community that provoke, inspire and share the joy of live theatre with audiences and performers alike. Our cornerstone is an open, respectful creative environment that encourages growth for all participants involved while maintaining a high degree of business and artistic integrity.
While our productions invite all community members to participate, WIT places a special emphasis on creating positive role models and artistic opportunities for women – not only as actors, but also as directors, playwrights, designers, and producers.
Women in Theatre was conceived in 2000 by two women who shared an interest in creating more opportunities for amateur theatre on Kauai, and more opportunities for powerful role models. After the launch of “Girl Talk” in May 2001, it became clear that there was an audience for what we were doing and a dynamic new group began to take shape. A successful season emerged with such diverse productions as A.R. Gurney’s “Ancestral Voices,” “A Tribute to Cole Porter,” and the first production of the new adaptation of “Diary of Anne Frank” in Hawaii.
Since then, Women in Theatre has presented three to five productions every year – including theatre classics like “A Christmas Carol,” leading Broadway productions such as “Proof,” shows spotlighting women through the generations such as “Eleemosynary” and “Quilters”, innovative comedies, intimate readings, dinner theatre, and the premiere of local playwright Mark Tjarks’ “Ventriloquist”.
With past cast members ranging from 4 to 74 years of age, WIT brings together diverse participants and audiences. WIT productions have been performed in theatres and community venues around the island including KCC Performing Arts Center, Lihue Parish Hall, Kilauea Parish Hall, Princeville’s Church of the Pacific, Kauai Village Theater, Hukilau Lanai Restaurant and Storybook Theatre in Hanapepe.
WIT has a commitment to original work by Kauai community members and has succeeded in producing one show per year that is originally written by a resident of our community.
Board of Directors
Anna Sloggett Award
The Anna Sloggett Award is given to a dedicated volunteer who has given assistance to the arts community over a long period of time in ways that are largely unrecognized. We appreciate those who get little applause, but continue to give. With each award, we honor Anna Sloggett, WIT’s first benefactor, who lived until the age of 106. A living legend, known for her irrepressible wit, Anna was a talented, dedicated and caring teacher who was young in spirit, an inspiration, and an icon who moved through the years with grace, enjoying life to the fullest.
2003 Carol Kouchi Yotsuda
Artist, Teacher, P/R, Marketing, Arts Admin Garden Island Arts Council, Mokihana Festival
2004 Laurel Petterson McGraw
Actor, Singer, Set Designer, Director, Writer, KCP, WIT,Purple Honu Children’s Theater, Island School
2006 Delia Valentin
Actor, Singer, Past Pres of KCP, Organization Manager, KCP, HCT
2009 Karen Firl
Actor, Prop Designer, Board Member, KCP, WIT
2011 David Penhallow Scott
Playwright, Author, Director, Actor, Fundraiser, WIT, KCP
2013 Vivian Nickerson
Stage Manager, Actor, Prop Mistress, Board Member, KCP, WIT
2015 Roberta Wallace Cable
Past President of KCP & WIT,Arts Admin, Fundraiser
2017 Rosemary (Romey) CurtisPast President of WIT, Director, Actor, Stage Manager,P/R
2019 Angus “Chris” Sweitzer
Light/Sound Design, Videographer, Technical Theatre Educator
We’re excited to announce our new home!
WIT is at the Kukui Grove Center in Lihue near Macy’s next to the Deli & Bread Connection.
3-2600 Kaumualii Hwy, Lihue, HI 96766 Unit F
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