A Chip on Her Shoulder

“A Chip On Her Shoulder” is a docu-musical investigating the experiences of women, trans people, and other minorities in the field of engineering. Engineers impact our homes, our transportation, our food, and almost every advance we experience in our ever changing world, yet only 14% of engineers are women. When presenting a reading at a NYU conference the audience also noted, “Engineering is both emblematic and worse than society as a whole in terms of sexism.” ACOHS investigates the experience of women and trans people in Engineering and stimulates the conversation of what it means to be a visible and/or invisible identity in the field. It engages directly with engineers through participatory interviews to create the script. The show utilizes an eight person cast to tell the stories of over 25 people from all over the country.

In focusing on STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) content, HAT has been able to build new partnerships with NYC Engineering schools, organizations, and employee resource groups. Originally composed of interviews from students, faculty, and professionals in the field at Virginia Tech, HAT will continue to develop and premiere the new work in 2018. The new production will include original new music by Teresa Lotz and Naomi Matlow, devised scenes and material from Honest Accomplice’s ensemble of women and trans artists, and new interviews from the NYC STEM community including voices from Columbia, City College of New York, and Queens College.



A Chip on Her Shoulder is made possible by:

artnySubsidized studio space provided by the A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


tank-logo-websiteA Chip on Her Shoulder is presented by The Tank, a home for emerging artists. thetanknyc.org