(from "The Numbers Problem And Why It Matters")
This is about gender parity in theatre.
This is about the number of male playwrights produced in comparison to the number of female playwrights.
Yes. It's that old chestnut again. Again. And yes, we think it's important.
This article was posted today by Laura A. Shamas on the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Collective(LA FPI) blog. The link is here but we have also copied the actual blog page (without pretty green background and logo, curse you computer you beat me again).
Among other people, Laura spoke to Niall Tangney and Hilary Bell.
1) lack of funding or resources for any such studies;
2) uniform metrics, methodology and data sources of what should be counted and when.
I’ve shared some samples of these types of questions in the early part of this essay. One of the more famous American studies that garnered attention in 2009 was Emily Sandburg Sands’ report which relied on the Doollee.com database, a source criticized by some as incomplete. You can find Sands’ “Opening the Curtain” report here. And yet, as Doollee is incomplete, where will more accurate data come from?
2) The 2006 Study on the Status of Women in Canadian Theatre - “Adding It Up”
3) The 2009 Equity in Canadian Theatre Report, from Professional Association of Canadian Theatre [PACT], discussed here.
ADDITIONAL LINKS, ORGANIZED BY GEOGRAPHY
Career Playwrights: (Australian) Working Women Dramatists, 1928-1968, by Michelle Arrow, University of Sydney
Theatre in Sydney, Niall Tangney’s Site
2012 Women in Theatre Report by the Australian Council
The 2006 Study on the Status of Women in Canadian Theatre: “Adding It Up”
Statistics on Women Filmmakers
Sphinx Theatre ArchivesThe Guardian Datablog in collaboration with Elizabeth FreestoneThe 17percent Blog
The Blog of the Playwrights’ Commons - 2012-13 Stats
Company One – Season 15, 2013-14, all female playwrights
Gender Equity Report, 2010
June 2013, Scream into a Bucket Alert – Guerrilla Girls On Tour
“Why Playwrights Horizon Isn’t Talking About the Gender Imbalance in Their Season”
North Carolina Triangle Theaters
2012-13 Data Compiled by Jules Odendahl-James, Resident Dramaturg, Duke University
“Women writers & directors representation in the 2012-2013 seasons of 20 Triangle NC Producing Theaters/Theater Companies.
94 shows announced. For 21 of these shows, directing staff unknown as of July 21, 2012.
27 women directors. (Some of these are directing more than one show in a season, e.g. Meredith College; some also creators of the work so they are given credit for directing and writing.)
2 women co-directing shows with men. (A Christmas Story, Haymaker’s Elektra).
13 female playwrights.
17 women working on projects as co-writer/part of devising company.”
Counting Actors by Valerie Weak
DC Theatre Demographics, 2013-14, collected by Gwydion Suilebhan, Patricia Connelly and David Mitchell Robinson
DC Theatre Demographics, Full Study
USA – MISCELLANEOUS, RELATED2002 – “Report on the Status of Women: A Limited Engagement” by Susan Jonas and Suzanne Bennett
2010 – Discrimination and the Female Playwright by Julia Jordan and Sheri Wilner
2011 – Karen Kinch’s data on 2011 LORT counts, as cited in a 2012 post by Diane Grant2012 - The VIDA Count 2012
2012/2013 – Guerrilla Girls On Tour Annual Girlcott List