Another reason why Meryl Streep is not only crazy talented, but a trailblazer in ageism and women’s rights!
The actress just announced that she’s funding a screenwriting lab for female writers over the age of 40, to bring another dimension of storytelling into the very narrow, male-dominated field. According to Variety:
The creation of the lab, and Streep’s involvement in its founding, was announced Sunday at a panel discussion presented as part of the Tribeca Film Festival.
Called the Writers Lab, the screenplay development program aims to increase opportunities for female screenwriters over the age of 40. This year the initiative will accept submissions May 1-June 1, with eight winning scribes named Aug. 1.
Among the mentors to participate in the Lab’s inaugural year are writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Beyond the Lights”), producerCaroline Kaplan (“Boyhood”), and writers Kirsten Smith (“Legally Blonde”) and Jessica Bendinger (“Bring It On”).
According to NYWIFT, Streep ponied up a “significant” contribution to fully fund the Lab. The actress has been a longtime supporter of NYWIFT.
The Writers Lab will take place at a retreat in upstate New York.
I think this is a HUGE deal for women in the industry. And I’m fascinated and excited to know what it will produce!