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.
Working with the core requirement that at least 75% of our casts, crews, leadership and creative teams are made up of women arts. We are working towards gender eqality in the entertainment industry, producing work that is developed for and by women, amplifying their experiences.
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.
Broghanne grew up in the North East of Scotland and emigrated to the United States in August 2012 to pursue her career in acting. After graduating from an acting program in 2014 she began her career in NYC, going back to her routes in theatre.
Fast forward to 2018, the autumn/fall, having been working in NYC for 4 years in film, theater and voiceover and Broghanne was getting tired. Tired of auditioning and 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. Tired of performing in projects that were saying they were one thing, but were in fact another. Some 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.
Broghanne got angry. The feeling that women and their stories were being exploited for ticket sales and to make the project meatier. She had been auditioning for the role of girlfriend or "sexy suicide girl" for a few years and had had enough.
In the fall of 2018, the night of the midterm elections, Broghanne approached Mikayla Olivia Orrson, a writer, and asked her to write a play. A play that could only have women roles and could not only be about a romantic interest. A play that would show women coming together and getting themselves out of crisis not looking to a man to help them. All she had to do was write it. Broghanne 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 maintain to those values with each project we produce. Expanding from staged readings to full productions, films, podcasts and more. We registered as an LLC to make sure we can donate to organizations linked to our subject matter and we are growing and building a community of women artists.