The Right to Play Podcast is a conversational podcast in which Gina and Ashley discuss the craft, business, and greater impact of the art of playwriting and theatre.

Perfect for anyone who’s ever thought about writing their first play, seasoned professional writers, and theatre-makers alike.  Topics include “Dealing with rejection,” “The importance of stage directions,” discussing taboo questions such as “Is it OK to not like Shakespeare,” and more.

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Gina Femia


Gina Femia has written 33 full-length plays.  She is a Core Writer with the Playwrights Center, a current member of Page 73’s Interstate 73 and she’s an alum of EST Youngblood, Pipeline Theatre’s Play Lab, Project Y’s writer’s group and New Georges’ Audrey Residency.  Her play, ALLOND(R)A is included on the 2019 Kilroys List and was a runner-up for the Yale Drama Prize. Her work’s been seen at Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Theater of NOTE, Great Plains Theatre Conference, among others. She’s received commissions from Spicy Witch Productions and Retro Theatre Productions and residencies with Page 73, Powerhouse, NTI at the O’Neill, Fresh Ground Pepper and SPACE on Ryder Farm.  Winner: Leah Ryan Prize and Doric Wilson Award.

Ashley Lauren Rogers


Ashley Lauren Rogers is an award-winning writer and trans rights activist. She is a current writing fellow of the Trans Theatre Lab through WP Theatre and The Public, and the Literary Director for Step1 Theatre Project was artist in residence at Middlesex County Vocational Technical School in East Brunswick NJ Winter 2018-2019. Her work has been performed at Dixon Place, MITF, the Brick, and Joe’s Pub and others. Her short play “Becky’s Christmas Wish,” was a finalist for the City Theatre National Short Play Award, in Miami, and her work has been produced in Wisconsin, Cincinnati, New Jersey, Detroit, and Minneapolis.  Ashley was featured on Fusion TV’s Peabody Award Nominated Sex.Right.Now, panels for Revry.TV. Written for Cosmopolitan, The Mary Sue, is the creator of the Is It Transphobic Podcast.

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