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What We Are

Bechdel Project is rooted in the vibrant cultural landscape of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and was founded in 2015 with the goal of addressing harmful gender disparities prevalent within our culture’s storytelling. Bechdel Project believes that we can change our culture by changing the stories we tell and that the lack of women-centered stories in our culture is harmful to women and men alike. Our mission is to amplify the voices and stories of women, non-binary, and underrepresented genders through art, activism, and education to shape a more equitable future for all.

Bechdel Project’s mission is front and center in every program we develop and our company culture. We are deeply committed to serving historically underrepresented communities in all our programming by promoting gender equality through an intersectional lens. Over 80% of our community and artists we serve include women, non-binary individuals, other underrepresented genders, and individuals from African American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian, and other historically marginalized communities. We also serve low income artists and artists over the age of forty. Two groups that are grossly under supported, if even rarely considered, when it comes to accessibility of programming. 

Our programs include: 

With a commitment to growing and expanding our support and resources for artists, we’ve created affinity relationships with organizations such as She Arts NYC, we are one of the first contributing members of the newly formed Theater Advocacy Alliance, and launched our newest program, The Interstate Initiative, to focus on amplifying voices from outside of New York City, especially from areas with limited support for feminist artists. 

Between 2022-2023, our programs have served and/or employed hundreds of local artists and provided over $25,000 in free resources to our community. These initiatives contribute to our mission by nurturing the creation of innovative works, investing in emerging talents, and creating inclusive spaces for artistic expression.

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*What is the Bechdel Test?

Bechdel Project's name comes from what is popularly known as the "The Bechdel Test" based on Alison Bechdel's** 1985 comic strip "The Rule" in "Dykes to Watch Out For." Shockingly, there are only three criteria to pass the Bechdel Test:

**Ms. Bechdel is not personally involved in the organization in any way.

Who We Are

Maria Aparo


Maria Aparo is a queer feminist, multidisciplinary artist, producer, former sex worker, activist, and mother. Renowned for her groundbreaking projects that defy expectations, Maria fearlessly blurs the line between art and life while challenging societal norms. With a decade of experience in producing and theater management, Maria brings a wealth of expertise to Bechdel Project.  www.mariaaparo.com

Lucy Flournoy


Lucy works internationally as a theatremaker, physical theater artist, dancer and choreographer. Flournoy is a co-founder and co-artistic director of the physical theater company HUFFSTREET Theatre Co. and is Chair of the Board of the Physical Theater Network, e.V. in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. www.lucyflournoy.com

Jens Rasmussen


Jens is an award-winning artist, activist, and co-founder of Bechdel Project who focuses on devised and ensemble-built work across multiple mediums. When not busy in Brooklyn, he enjoys teaching movement and playmaking at universities across the country. www.jensrasmussen.info

Where We Are

Bechdel Project's studio spaces are located on the unceded lands of the Lanape people. We recognize that we benefit from the ongoing legacies of colonialism and white supremacy, even as we work to dismantle those systems. We are committed to uplifting BIPOC voices, respecting traditional lands, and working with communities towards reconciliation.