PAAL Forums 2018 | Find Your City MeetupOur 2018 Second Annual Forums have launched with our focus of Year 2: “Initiatives and Solutions.” Every panel features diverse panelists from the local community who are actively creating initiatives for parent artists. In the summer of 2018 alone, we have hosted forums in Philadelphia, Chicago, New York, and Washington DC. This fall, we will host PAAL forums in Boston and New Orleans with Minneapolis on the horizon. We also have additional events, social gatherings, and forums curated for each represented city to build community, resources, support, and networking opportunities locally and nationally for parent artists.

For accessibility, we live-stream our forums, and our NYC gathering streamed video alone has racked up almost 3,000 views. Check out the events listed below and like our Facebook page to track events happening near you!

If you’d like to connect with a rep in your city check out our list of representatives here! Don’t see your city listed but want to know how we can help you gather support for parent artists around you? Contact us! We’d love to connect with you!

2018-2019: Initiatives and Solutions

June 24 – Philadelphia: Annual Forum – Initiatives and Solutions, Local & National
July 14 – Chicago: Annual Forum – Initiatives and Solutions, Local & National
July 22 – Washington DC: Annual Forum – Initiatives and Solutions, Local & National
August 2-5 – Philadelphia: PAAL & PWTF Motherhood Reading Festival
August 18 – New York: Annual Forum – Initiatives and Solutions, Local and National
August 30 – (Online): Live Q&A Info Session – PAAL Childcare Grants 2018-2019

Upcoming Fall Events [like us on Facebook to catch these events and more]:

Washington DC: Parent Artist Gathering and Networking Meetup
Boston: Late-Parenting Experiences
New Orleans: Annual Forum – Initiatives and Solutions, Local and National
Minneapolis: Annual Forum – Initiatives and Solutions, Local and National

More cities and events coming soon! Contact us if you are a mother artist in the performing arts in Chicago and would like to be included in the monthly social gatherings and activities.

Cities we’re working on now: Bay Area, Los Angeles, Miami, Seattle, Milwaukee, Austin/San Antonio, Dallas, Houston. Contact us if you live in these locations and would like to connect with our forming groups!

2017-2018: Motherhood in Theatre

February 25 – Chicago: Motherhood in Theatre Forum: Creating Opportunity

Motherhood in Theatre Forum – Breaking the Silence

June 10 – Philadelphia
June 11 – Montclair, NJ
June 12 – New York City

  • Step one of shifting culture is to become vocal. In a research of female leadership in the theatre, a culture of silence resonated as the predominant obstacle in creating the opportunities necessary for a healthy work-life balance for parents.

PAAL Launch – the official launch of Parent Artist Advocacy League

  • Identifying goals
  • Gathering participation
  • Finalizing mission and memos to distribute to theatres around the country


Monthly social gatherings for Chicago PAAL moms (ongoing).

October 22 – Chicago: Mothers in Theatre: Post-Partum Care and Career Transition
October 30 – Boston: Motherhood in Theatre, PAAL Launch
December 10 – Chicago: 3 Steps to Pursuing Your Passion Workshop
February 11 – Minneapolis: Motherhood in Theatre, PAAL Launch
March 4 – Boston: Parent-Artists Potluck Meetup
April 14 – Chicago: MOTHERS OF COLOR: Motherhood in Theatre
May 10 – Chicago: PAAL & Northlight Theatre Collaboration – Talkback, Cry It Out with Playwright Molly Smith Metzler and Director Jessica Fish

Interested in hosting a forum/conversation in your area or at your theatre? Want to be on the list for more details forthcoming? Contact us here for more details. We’d love to add more cities to the list! Help keep the conversation going!