“As an art form, theatre is a way to promote a cultural shift in our society,” says Jenn Deon, artistic director of the Persistence Theatre Company.
The shift is feminism. Persistence Theatre Company produces fabulous theatre in response to the persistent and universal need for promoting, understanding and embracing political, economic, personal and social equality for women. No more. No less.
The idea was conceived when Jenn and a couple of other local women participated in the Women’s March on Washington and came to be through the efforts of a multi-generational group of smart local women doing cool things, many of whom now form the board of directors for non-profit organizations.
In practical terms, Persistence produces plays adapted from Bechdel's criteria for the film: it has to have (1) at least two women in it, (2) who talk to each other, about (3) something besides a man. Jenn says, “the Persistence basic standard has at least 50% of the story spoken by female characters.”
Community is important to the organization. Jenn explains: “Persistence is committed to a supportive, empowering community. we strive to pay a fair wage, and we offer hiring opportunities to all genders, focusing on people identifying as female.
Working for the community, and with community support is the only way any nonprofit survives. unless the community believes the show is worth the price of admission and will support what we are trying to do then we won't exist.” along with performances, Persistence Theatre Company puts off an annual Pink Tie Gala to raise funds for the cause.