Women of Substance

Who is a Woman of Substance? What is she like? How does she make a difference?

We believe a Woman of Substance searches for truth and wisdom, values dialogue, respects diverse voices and perspectives, and challenges conventional norms. Our Women of Substance series supports and honors these women, many who  to amplify ideas and spur action to make a difference.  

Since 1996, The Women of Substance series showcases women’s ideas, amplifies their voices and honors their place on life’s stage. These artists, thinkers and change makers challenge the status quo, make us look at the world in new ways, drive us toward a deeper understanding of ourselves and spur our own sense of purpose and action. Through art and ideas, the series ignites our innate power, consciousness and sense of justice, motivating us to take action and inspiring us to lead lives of substance.

Join us in celebration of Women of Substance turning 20 - WoS Fest!

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 7:30pm

By Tina Packer
Directed by Eric Tucker
Featuring Tina Packer and Nigel Gore

A Women of Substance event

A true tour de force performance, Women of Will is the masterful summation of...
Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 7:30pm

featuring pipa virtuoso Wu Man
and the Shanghai Quartet

A Women of Substance event
Pipa virtuoso Wu Man and the Shanghai...
Monday, March 28, 2016 - 7:30pm

Together On Stage

Use Your Voice Tour

A Women of Substance event

Please note: 

The O'Shaughnessy Ticket Office will be closed for the holiday weekend from Thursday, 3/24 6:00pm until...

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 8:00pm

The Soul's Messenger
Celebrating 50 Years of New Music

“[Monk] may loom even larger as the new century unfolds, and later generations will envy those who got to see her live.”  - New Yorker

Theater director/choreographer/filmmaker and...

Ann Bancroft and the Access Water Team
Monday, April 18, 2016 - 7:00pm

Women of Substance Festival 2016  l   Charting a Course

April 18th 7pm, The O’Shaughnessy. Call 651-690-6700 to reserve your Free Tickets.

For the first time, the Kelly Lecture will be happening in conjunction with The O'Shaughnessy'...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 12:00pm

CDC Rauenhorst Ballroom. Free. No Ticket Required.

Filled with explosive wit and humor, hear St. Kate's alumna Jennifer Willoughby read from her award-winning book, Beautiful Zero. She will be joined by St. Kate's faculty members Taiyon Coleman and Francine Conley.


Women's History Month: The Historical Comedybration
Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 12:00pm

Individual Tickets: $10. 

Package Deal: See all three WoS Theater Fest shows for $24  ( Some Fees not included)

Written and performed...

Hmong-Lao friendship Play
Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 2:00pm

Written and Performed by May Lee-Yang and Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay

Directed by Scotty Gunderson

Individual Tickets: $10.


The Genealogy of Happenstance
Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 4:00pm

Individual Tickets: $10. 

Package Deal: See all three WoS Theater Fest shows for $24  ( Some Fees not included)

Written and performed...

Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 7:00pm

Presented in partnership with The Cedar

A Women of Substance event

Grammy Award-winning “undisputed Queen of African Music” (Daily Telegraph) Angelique...