Monday, March 09, 2009

The 20 most powerful women in British theater

That is, according to Harper's Bazaar and jeweller Tiffany & Co., which ranked the women in no particular order. Acting greats Judi Dench and Helen Mirren make the cut, as well as trailblazing playwright Caryl Churchill (Top Girls) and younger actresses Gillian Anderson (X-Files--an American described as an “honorary Brit” for her regular West End appearances), Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener) and Rosamund Pike (Bond girl Miranda Frost in Die Another Day). The list below, the full UK Telegraph report here.

The New Voice: Bola Agbaje, playwright (27)
The Honorary Brit: Gillian Anderson, actor (40)
The Visionary: Miriam Buether, set and costume designer (39)
The Radical: Caryl Churchill, playwright (70)
The Illuminator: Paule Constable, lighting designer (42)
The Queen Bee: Dame Judi Dench, actor (74)
The New Leading Lady: Michelle Dockery, actor (27)
The Mover: Maxine Doyle, choreographer and associate director, Punchdrunk (38)
The Super-Producer: Sonia Friedman, producer (43)
The Powerhouse: Sally Greene, impresario and producer (52)
The Transformer: Kathryn Hunter, actor and director (52)
The Casting Vote: Lisa Makin, casting agent and producer (43)
The Eternal Siren: Dame Helen Mirren, actor (63)
The Innovator: Katie Mitchell, director (44)
The Beauty-And-Brains: Rosamund Pike, actor (30)
The Breath Of Fresh Air: Emma Rice, artistic director, Kneehigh Theatre (41)
The Double Threat: Fiona Shaw, actor and director (50)
The Wunderkind: Polly Stenham, playwright (22)
The Songbird: Summer Strallen, musical theatre actor (24)
The Star Turn: Rachel Weisz, actor (38)

Dame Judi Dench and Dame Helen Mirren photographed for a fictional film celebrating the art of Hollywood's old gangster movies, by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair

Now, if we are to do a similar list of powerful men and women in Philippine theater, who should make it to the list, and why? Comment away!

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