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 $20,000 to eight beneficiaries from our mainstage productions and provided paid work to more than 175 theatre artists.

Read more about the vision behind WAM Theatre in Kristen’s ‘What’s my #vision’ Blogs.

View WAM Theatre’s Strategic Plan for 2015-2020 »View WAM Theatre’s introductory videoThe WAM Song

The WAM Song Credits:

David Joseph, singer
Martin Perlmutter, composer

WAM on Half the Sky

WAM Theatre featured on the Half the Sky Movement’s blog — the movement that inspired WAM Theatre in the first place!

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Ted Talk

WAM at TedxAlbany

Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven gives a talk about WAM’s unique double philanthropic model to use theatre to benefit women and girls.

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