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Author: Julie Proudfoot & Willow James

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Amplifying women’s voices in our world through performances, discussions and interviews. New Episodes drop on Wednesdays, bimonthly. Audio performances of exciting feminist plays, empowering discussions with our wonderful creative teams and insightful social justice interviews with community leaders who are passionate about making the world better for women.
44 Episodes
For only $10, you can enter into a raffle in support of our fundraiser to hire a Managing Director next year. What will you win? A headshot session package with We Women co-producer and Resident Sound Designer Willow James! This episode, Julie & Willow chat about the fundraiser, Willow's work and how to enter! Visit our website for all info. Support the show (
Empowering DiscussionClose the BookBy Susan GlaspellSept 29Director Charlique C. Rolle and actors Elissa Wolf, Simon Hedger, Sandy Spatz, Michael Lomenick, Daria Harper, David Goodloe, and Elisabeth Del Toro discuss privilege, women's empowerment and the contemporary themes of Susan Glaspell's 1917 one-act about an elite university family.Moderated by Artistic Director and We Women Producer, Julie ProudfootSupport the show (
Audio PerformanceClose the Bookby Susan GlaspellPodcast #141September 15, 2021A comedy about an elite family enjoying their status as the power brokers of a University founded by their ancestors. Their grandson, a professor at the University, creates a controversy when he announces his engagement to a beautiful outspoken liberal with gypsy ancestry.CASTJHANSI – ELISSA WOLFPEYTON – SIMON HEDGERMRS. ROOT – SHERI REDAMRS. PEYTON – SANDY SPATZBESSIE – DARIA HARPERSENATOR BYRD – DAVID GOODLOEMRS. BYRD – ELISABETH DEL TOROUNCLE GEORGE – MICHAEL LOMENICKDirected by Charlique C. RolleSound Design by Willow JamesSupport the show (
Willow James hosts a special episode in response to the Supreme Court ruling to allow the new law banning abortion in Texas to stand.  He interviews Julie Proudfoot on her Substack essay "Roe v. Wade." Find out Julie's inspiration for writing the essay and learn about some of the myths around the ruling. Willow and Julie have a dedicated discussion about the erosion of women's reproductive rights,  an issue we should ALL be concerned about.  Click Here to support subscribe to Julie's substack, Fierce Femme Rant. We Empower Together. Support the show (
SEPT 1EPISODE 139Karen HawkinsSOCIAL JUSTICE INTERVIEWArtistic Director Julie Proudfoot chats with founder & Rebelle-in-Chief of Rebellious Magazine, Karen Hawkins!  Listen to this bold and exciting interview about feminism, Karen's career and the challenges of running a feminist organization.ALL WE WOMEN EPISODES FREE TO OUR LISTENERS!  Support the show (
MEDEA, by Euripides, adapted and performed by Julie Proudfoot, soundscape by Willow James. This adaptation is based on the 1912  translation into English rhyming verse by Gilbert Murray, M.A., L.L.D., who was a professor of Greek at the University of Glasgow & Fellow of New College, Oxford.Sound Designer Willow James and writer and actor Julie Proudfoot reimagine the tragedy of Medea as a solo character study of Medea’s inner struggles and lust for freedom and power.  Medea, a barbarian princess, is betrayed by her husband Jason when he abandons her to marry a Greek princess, gaining wealth and political power. Though he returns and promises to keep her as a mistress, Medea murders her and Jason’s sons and her husband’s new wife before escaping to Athens.  Join us for a bold feminist interpretation of this great Greek classic.Support the show (
Artemisia welcomes four outstanding leaders in the Chicago Community to We Women for this very special podcast episode.  Jackie Taylor, the CEO and Founder of Black Ensemble Theatre, Rena Henderson Mason, Founder and Chief Engagement Officer of Bold Agenda, Ilesa Duncan, Artistic Director of Lifeline Theatre, and Dionna Griffin-Irons, writer, producer, alumna performer, and the longtime former Director of Diversity Talent and Inclusion for The Second City will discuss the current challenges facing theatre and the artistic community in Chicago.  The Intersection of Theatre & Community panel will be led by BIPOC theatre artists Willow James, the podcast’s co-host and co-producer, and Myesha-Tiara, the Artistic Director of Perceptions Theatre and an actor/director who has worked extensively with Artemisia. Want to see this work continue? Support the show (
SUMMER FUN FUNDRAISERJulie Proudfoot & Willow JamesJuly 21Podcast #136Artemisia Artistic Director Julie Proudfoot is joined by podcast co-producer and resident sound designer Willow James to raise money in support of Artemisia’s #empoweringwomen work. Enjoy this special edition podcast and please consider making a donation to help us meet our $2,000 goal.  We #EmpowerWomen together.  “When you come to Artemisia, you are hearing the truth.  If you believe in equity, inclusion, belonging – you can be part of that here.”  -E. Faye Butler (Legendary Performer, President, Artemisia’s Board of Directors.)Support the show (
AFTERMATH, by Mary BurrillSet in rural South Carolina, a Black soldier returning from serving his country in World War I discovers that his father has been lynched.  Burrill, a Black gay feminist playwright, was part of the Harlem Renaissance and penned social justice plays that fearlessly confronted racial oppression.CASTMAM SUE – RJW MAYSMILLIE – AMBER SALLISREV LUKE MOSEBY – TOUSSAINT STEVENS JR.LONNIE – JABARI KHALIQMRS. HAWKINS – TOMA LYNN SMITHJOHN – EMERSON ELIASDirected by Willow JamesSound Design by Willow JamesSupport the show (
JUNE 23GOODS ZOOM ROOMFeaturing award-winning playwright, Lauren FerebeeTake a deep dive into the amazing process used to create Artemisia's critically acclaimed virtual world premiere of GOODS, by Lauren Ferebee.  Our Guests include Lauren Ferebee (playwright), John Stanley Walch, Assistant Professor of Theatre at University of Arkansas (Lauren's mentor), Mary Zanger (Artemisia Board Member), Willow James (Sound Designer), Peter Marston Sullivan (Videographer) and Shariba Rivers (Sam).  Moderated by Julie Proudfoot (Marla) this is a fascinating conversation you do not want to miss.Support the show (
Myesha-Tiara and Willow James team up to talk about the intersection of theatre and community in Chicago.  Inspired by We Women audio performances of RACHEL, by Angelina W. Grimke, and AFTERMATH, by Mary Burrill, Willow and Myesha will introduce an exciting new episode coming up at WE WOMEN.  Be sure to listen to our audio performance of RACHEL and AFTERMATH. Support the show (
Rachel, by Angelina W. GrimkéA sensitive and well-educated young Black woman loves children and, when she meets the man of her dreams, is eager to raise a family with him.  But her dream of blissful family life is destroyed when she is forced to come to terms with American racism.PLACE & TIMENorthern U.S., 1916CASTMRS MARY LOVING – SHARIBA RIVERSRACHEL LOVING – TIFFANY YVONNE COXTHOMAS LOVING – TAMARUS HARVELLJIMMY MASON – DONOVAN SESSIONJOHN STRONG – HECTOR PENA JR.MRS. LANE – TARINA BRADSHAWETHEL LANE/MARY/NANCY/EDITH/JENNY/LOUISE/MARTHA – NIA NICOLE VINESDirected by Myesha-TiaraSound Design by Willow JamesNOTE: This is an abridged performance of Rachel. These adjustments were made by our wonderful director, Myesha-Tiara.Get your ticket to our virtual world premiere production of GOODS today at!Written by Lauren Ferebee, directed by E. Faye Butler and starring Julie Proudfoot and Shariba Rivers.Support the show ( May 30, our virtual world premiere of GOODS has been met with praise– receiving glowing reviews from Chicago Reader, BroadwayWorld and more!Get your ticket to our virtual world premiere production of GOODS today at, and don't forget to enter the code "FEMFAN4GOOD" at checkout for 50% off. Written by Lauren Ferebee, directed by E. Faye Butler and starring Julie Proudfoot and Shariba Rivers.Support the show ( the show (
Social Justice InterviewTabby BiddlePodcast #131MAY 12Julie Proudfoot interviews Tabby Biddle, who has worked at the intersection of women’s leadership, feminine spirituality and social change for nearly two decades.  Tabby is the founder of TAB Media, the co-founder of 50 Women Can Change the World in Media & Entertainment, the author of the bestselling book, Find Your Voice: A Woman’s Call to Action, and an internationally recognized women’s leadership coach, educator, strategist, and group facilitator for her unique approach to activating women’s leadership. Support the show (
Empowering DiscussionBold Stroke for a Wifeby Susanna CentlivrePodcast #130April 28, 2021We Women Producer and Host Julie Proudfoot moderates a no-holds-barred discussion about gender parity, women's empowerment and feminist sexuality with members of the incredible creative team of BOLD STROKE FOR A WIFE.  Director Molly Lyons, Sound Designer Willow James, and actors Emi Clark, John Ham, Kevin Gladish, Millie Hurley and Ross Frawley share surprising discoveries about Centlivre's shockingly modern 18th Century comedy. Support the show (
April 14, 2021A Bold Stroke for a Wife, by Susanna CentilivreA military officer falls madly in love with a young woman and dons four different disguises to convince her powerful and extremely disagreeable guardians to grant him her hand in marriage.  PLACE & TIME18th century EnglandCASTCOLONEL FAINWELL – JEFFREY BAUMGARTNERFREEMAN – JOHN HAMSIR PHILLIP MODELOVE – JARED DENNISPERIWINKLE – KEVIN GLADISHTRADELOVE - DAVID GOODLOEOBEDIAH PRIM - MARK PRACHTMRS. PRIM - MILLIE HURLEYSIMON PURE - SEAN ERIK WESSLUNDMR. SACKBUT - ROSS FRAWLEYMRS. LOVELY - EMI CLARKBETTY - SCOTTIE CALDWELLDirected by Molly LyonsSound Design by Willow JamesGet your ticket to our virtual world premiere production of GOODS today at!Written by Lauren Ferebee, directed by E. Faye Butler and starring Julie Proudfoot and Shariba Rivers.Support the show ( the show (
Podcast #128MARCH 31, 2021Black Beauty & Black JoyWe Women Co-Producer and Artemisia Resident Sound Designer Willow James interviews Carla Stillwell, award-winning actor, playwright and director.  Ms. Stillwell is the founder and Executive Director of The Stillwell Institute of Contemporary Black Art on Chicago’s South Side.  Its mission is to recruit, develop and support contemporary Black artists and to teach art making in the Black community as a healing practice, a vehicle for social change and a viable career opportunity.   Support the show (
Empowering DiscussionOpposing Opheliaby Deneen Reynolds-KnottPodcast #127March 17, 2021We Women Producer and Host Julie Proudfoot moderates a BRAVE discussion about beauty, feminism and the freedom to embrace your true self with the incredible creative team of OPPOSING OPHELIA.  Playwright Deneen Reynolds-Knott, Director Celeste M. Cooper, Sound Designer and Co-Producer Willow James are joined by actors Tiffany Yvonne Cox; Abie Irabor; Martasia Jones & Cajardo Lindsey.Support the show (
March 3, 2021Opposing Ophelia, by Deneen Reynolds-KnottYvette, a former model and student at the Ophelia Devore School of Modeling & Charm, is confronted with new ideas about beauty, blackness and womanhood, when her daughter, Nina, joins the National Black Feminist Organization in 1973.PLACE & TIMENew York, New York - 1952/1973CASTMISS DEVORE – TIFFANY YVONNE COXYVETTE ROGERS – ABIE IRABORNINA ROGERS – MARTASIA JONESALBERT ROGERS – CAJARDO LINDSEYDirected by Celeste M. CooperSound Design by Willow JamesSupport the show (
Podcast #125FEBRUARY 17, 2021Immigration JusticeJulie Proudfoot interviews Sandra Gonzalez, a former high school Spanish for native speakers teacher, a Ph.D. student, a community organizer, and a first-time candidate running for Waubonsee Community College trustee.  She is the executive director of the Aurora Rapid Response Team, a non-profit, that advocates for the rights of immigrant communities in the Aurora area.  Additionally, she is a doctoral student at Illinois State University, studying educational administration and foundations with a research focus on education and the influence of the Central American diaspora.Support the show (
Julie Proudfoot moderates an empowering discussion with the creative team of Sharai Bohannon's one-act play, What About The Children.  Playwright Sharai Bohannon, Director Myesha-Tiara, Co-Producer and Sound Designer Willow James, and actors Joseph Ramski and Jessamyn Fitzpatrick weigh in on the impact of the rise in immigration injustice and violence toward refugee children during the last four years.  It's a fascinating discussion of how social injustice shapes our daily lives in which the political is always deeply personal.Support the show (
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