Elemental Women Productions LLC is a women focused production company based in New York City. Owned and run by Broghanne Jessamine, we produce women led theater, film and more all with the mission to amplify and empower women’s voices and experiences through the arts.
I am Broghanne Jessamine the owner and Artistic Director of Elemental Women Productions.
Let us start at the beginning, I grew up in the North East of Scotland and emigrated to the United States in August 2012 to study at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts for Acting. After graduating in 2014 I started my NYC acting career I went back to my routes in theatre.
Fast forward to 2018, the autumn/fall, I've been working in NYC for 4 years in film, theater and voiceover and I was getting tired. I was tired of playing characters that were only known as the girlfriend or their only point in the story was to further the male lead’s arc. Working with predominantly men and only able to name a handful of women directors, cinematographers, stage managers and sound engineers. To be performing in projects that were saying they were one thing but were in fact another and were using traumatic experiences that overwhelmingly effect women as plot points and for shock value to the audience, without truly exploring the lived experience of the characters rather treating them as objects.
I got angry. I had experienced some if these plot points personally and felt they were being exploited for ticket sales and to make the project meatier. I had been auditioning for the role of girlfriend or "sexy suicide girl" for a few years and I had had enough. I went to my friend, a writer, Mikayla Olivia Orrson, and I asked her to write me a play. A play that could only have women roles and could not only be about a romantic interest. I wanted a play that would show women coming together and getting themselves out of crisis not looking to a man to help them. I told her all she had to do was write it. I would figure out a way to produce it. And that is the beginning of Elemental Women Productions.
Since then Elemental Women Productions has grown. We have put in place string core values and an operating agreement that outlines how we will keep to those values with each project we produce. Expanding from staged readings of plays to full productions, films, podcasts and more. We registered as an LLC to make sure we are able to donate to orgainzations linked to our subject matter and we are growing and building a commity of women artists.
The arts are an amazing way to spread awareness, provoke thought, teach empathy, and make change. We are a part of that and so are you. We need art, we need to tell stories that represent the world we want to see. Shining a light on the voices and experiences that are often overlooked or pushed aside.
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