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.

Joan Osborne
Friday, September 8, 2017 - 7:30pm

Joan Osborne has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation -- both a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter. A multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee, the soulful vocalist is a highly...

Ananya Dance Theatre
Friday, September 15, 2017 - 7:30pm, Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 7:30pm

Shyamali: Sprouting Words explores how dissent fuels life force and growth, recognizes the courage of women who speak up and talk back to sustain communities against injustice, and celebrates women who refuse to be broken. 
Inspired by the courage of women...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 7:30pm

Singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens is the co-founder of the GRAMMY award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, in which she also plays banjo and fiddle. She began gaining recognition as a solo artist when she stole the show at the T Bone Burnett–produced Another Day, Another Time...

Rosie Herrera
Friday, October 13, 2017 - 7:30pm

Cookie’s Kid is a solo dance theater work that seeks to explore what is inherited muscle memory. The first solo work by Rosie Herrera, it utilizes her unique and diverse performance background ranging from cabaret, classical music, and urban and contemporary dance as...

Tori Amos
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 7:30pm

Tori Amos is one of the most successful, prolific and influential artists of her generation. Native Invader is Tori’s fifteenth studio album, following 2014’s Unrepentant Geraldines – her eighth Billboard Top 10 album -- and will be made availble in various physical and...

Katha Dance Theatre
Friday, March 2, 2018 - 7:30pm, Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 7:30pm

Ritusamhara - the Seasons written by great poet Kalidasa in 4th centuries A.D.
Choreography by Rita Mustaphi
Music composition by Sharat Chandra Srivastava, New Delhi, India
Performance by Katha Dance Company

Community Connection
Baromase Tero...

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 7:30pm

Camille A. Brown is a prolific choreographer making a personal claim on history through the lens of a modern Black female perspective. She leads her dancers through excavations of ancestral stories, both timeless and traditional, that illustrate stories which connect history...