In 2010 co-founders Kristen van Ginhoven (WAM Artistic Director) and Leigh Strimbeck (Theatre Professional) read the book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn and it inspired them to found WAM Theatre as a way to use theatre as philanthropy for women and girls.
“Half the Sky” invites people to ‘join an incipient movement to emancipate women and fight global poverty by unlocking women’s power as economic catalysts’. WAM Theatre is one way we are joining the movement and taking action.
Since launching in 2010, WAM Theatre has donated over $41,500 to thirteen beneficiaries from our mainstage productions and provided paid work to more than 200 theatre artists.
Read more about the vision behind WAM Theatre in Kristen’s ‘What’s my #vision’ Blogs.