Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw, writers and performer
Founded in New York in 1980 with Deb Margolin, Split Britches continues with the duo and solo work of foundational lesbian performance artists Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw. Today our work is internationally recognized and has been the recipient of several prestigious grants and awards, including Doris Duke, US Artists, Guggenheim, and the Wellcome Trust.
We create new forms by exploiting old conventions. Our work borrows from classical texts and popular myths, but its true sources are the details of everyday life. The work is personal, bordering on the private. It relies on moments rather than plot, relationships rather than story. As we've aged, our work has focused on tapping into the unexplored potential in elders, LGBTQ+ people, and people with disabilities.