Women with Voices is a traveling on-site production company founded as a single person Limited Liability Corporation in April of 2006. We are dedicated to being “the voice for the voiceless” and addressing inequality by using original theatrical productions and other media to speak about issues such as domestic violence, community violence, sexual harassment, substance abuse, homelessness, mental and physical health issues, and other issues affecting our communities. Women with Voices has collaborated with Siena College, the University of Albany, Whitney M. Young Health Services, Reentry Opportunities and Orientation Towards Success, Cure Violence and Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region.
Antoinette N. Lawson is the founder and CEO of Women with Voices LLC. Ms. Lawson plays tell stories of love, torn families, violence awareness and the psychological aspects and outcomes of such violence events. Ms. Lawson’s work helps create an enriched learning space through rigorous creative disciplines such as the performing arts.
Ms. Lawson wrote her first self-published book, “Ten Sure Signs You Are Not Dating 101” in 2004, which was later adapted into a play. She graduated from SUNY Cobleskill in 1999 with her degree in Liberal Arts.There after she graduated from the University of Albany in 2001 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and minor in Psychology. In 2016 she graduated from Siena College with her Theatre Certificate. She has gone on to be the assistant director for three musicals and wrote a section of Votes for Women, an immersive theatre piece about the Woman’s Suffrage Movement, and is currently stage managing for Legally Blonde with Consortium Actors.
Women with Voices will create and present short theatrical productions --one to three act plays -- to be presented on site to engage the underserved population in dialogues about social issues. Women with Voices create original programming opportunities for targeted populations, and engage participants as well as staff in education and critical thinking on topics of your choice, including race relations, community engagement, anger management, violence awareness and mental and physical health. Women with Voices has developed a multifaceted educational experience through the lens of theatre to cultivate self-exploration for growth and self-development ,along with empowerment, leadership development, staff awareness and cultural competency.
Women with Voices subscribes to the held by “The Association for Theatre in Higher Education serves as an intellectual and artistic center for producing new knowledge about theatre and performance related disciplines, cultivating vital alliances with other scholarly and creative disciplines, linking with professional and community-based theatres, and promoting access and equity.”