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OVEN PRODUCTIONS

OVEN PRODUCTIONS, (est. October 1975), has sponsored lesbian and feminist cultural activities in northeast Ohio, including art exhibits, films, concerts, and dramatic presentations (see GAY COMMUNITY). It began as a nonprofit collective of 6 women who wanted to showcase the talents of other women. Founders included Judy Rainbrook, Lori Holmes, Gayle Ciemins, Jamie Hecker, and Susan Woodworth. In its first year, Oven Productions helped bring such performers as Casse Culver and Holly Near to Cleveland, cosponsored a women's films series, and offered poetry workshops and readings. The collective often cooperated with the Women's Center of CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIV. and other local groups. Marsha Sindelar was Oven's president in 1995.