Women’s Showcase (now ladyfestCLT) was started in January of 2015 by Caitlyn Swett and Sarah Ingel, later joined by Megan Payne in 2016. Since its inaugural performance at the Neighborhood Theatre, Women’s Showcase has returned to perform at Goodyear Arts, and the Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance at Charlotte Ballet. Now in it’s fourth year, Women’s Showcase has facilitated performances by over 30 female artists, from 7 states, reaching an audience of over 1,000 patrons.
ladyfestCLT seeks to draw the public’s eye to the important work of female artists by facilitating a cross-disciplinary festival that features the women leaders of our arts community and beyond. The Charlotte artistic community has an incredible amount of performers and choreographers that deal with challenges on a day to day basis to present their work. ladyfestCLT brings female movement makers together with the goal of strengthening the community through shared space. Many of our performing venues have disappeared, cost too much for individuals groups, or are intended for concerts. Gathering for an evening of sharing, we aim to create a space that celebrates the accomplishments of female artists, specifically movement makers. This festival will showcase performances by female choreographers and performance artists with the goal of strengthening the performing arts community in Charlotte by bringing artists together and creating a dialogue between the audience and performers concerning work that is being made through the female lens.