9. WOW Café

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Women’s One World is a feminist theater in the East Village that was founded in 1980 as a Feminist Theater Festival. The Café is currently located in the East Village Historic District where many Off-Off-Broadway theaters were born.

WOW has the important distinction of being the “oldest collectively-run performance space for women and/or trans artists in the known universe,” according to their website. Influential performance group Split Britches were initially involved in the founding of the space. Lisa Kron, Tony Award winner for the book and lyrics to Fun Home on Broadway also presented work at WOW.