Artist Collective

Memphis, TN

The mission of FEMMEmphis is to champion all women+ by empowering and promoting the female, female-presenting, and gender-queer artistic voices in the Memphis community.


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As the wrongly accused and suffering wife of Shakespeare's tragic Moor, Othello, Desdemona has long been viewed as the "victim of circumstance." But as Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel demonstrates in her comic deconstruction of Shakespeare's play - aligning tongue-in-cheek humor while raising serious questions as to the role of women through the ages - Desdemona was far from the quivering waif we've all come to know. 



Desdemona - Jillian Barron

Emilia - Julia Baltz

Bianca - Layne Crutsinger


Director: Aliza Moran

Set Design: Kim Britt

Light Design: Fallon Williams

Original Music: Crown Vox

Producers: Rae and Jamie Boller

Stage Manager: Meredith Serna

Props: Laurie Boller

Costumes: Amie Eoff

Poster Design: Sarah Rushakoff

 Art by Jess Kirk

Art by Jess Kirk


A new work, devised and directed by Leslie barker

July 20-29, 2018

University of Memphis


join us Wednesday, may 30 for an interest meeting

to be a part of this exciting new project!


From the fantastical world of fairy-tales to the all-to-real political world, being “pretty” is something that is expected of all of us. (Am I right, my women?) I dare to say that just about every woman on the planet has stumbled, even if only for a moment, into a pit of insecurity because of her looks – hips that are too big, boobs too small, acne, gray hair, unibrow, too short, too tall…We all know the drill. But I also dare to believe that women are on new path – a path that embraces beauty of all sorts of shapes and more colors than the biggest box of crayons.

Do you have something to say about it? (Of course, you do!) Let’s keep blazing the trail friends. Join Femmemphis this summer as we turn our culture’s idea of beauty upside down through the creation of a new theatrical piece, PRETTY. From mirrors and makeup to heartache and scars, we will explore all of it – together.

If you are interested in joining our ensemble, please attend our information meeting, Wednesday, May 30 at 6PM in the library of Theatre Memphis. Come with a story to share about what “pretty” means to you, what it should mean to us all, or really just anything you have to say on the topic. We will also talk about the process, the schedule, and do our best to answer your questions.

We hope to see you there! For more information, view our Facebook event here!


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