Number of Productions -by Men 515 (64%)
Number of Productions by Women 211 (26%)
Number of Productions by Mixed Gender Partnerships 78 (10%)
Women In Theatre Journal
- A Brief History of the Gender Parity Movement in Theatre by Jenny Lyn Bader
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
#WakingTheFeminists publish Research Report into lack of gender equality in Irish theatre.
An Chomhairle Ealaíon, #WakingTheFeminists commissioned groundbreaking research into the gender balance in Irish theatre.
The research was conducted by a team of six researchers led by Dr. Brenda Donohue, in collaboration with Irish Theatre Institute and the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance at NUI Galway. Their work looks at key creative roles in ten of the top Arts Council-funded theatre organisations in the country over a ten year period from 2006-15.
" #WakingTheFeminists began as a campaign for equality for women in Irish theatre in late 2015. The movement was given form by an unprecedented outpouring of personal testimony from hundreds of women working across allareas of Irish theatre – directors, designers, authors, actors, stage managers, technicians, and more. It became apparent straight away that no research existed to provide context or analysis for these experiences; however the sheer volume of eloquently outraged stories allowed us to create a campaign that cut through the Irish cultural world like a knife. Through these voices, the power of the campaign took on a life of its own, touching not only the theatre, but affecting the whole cultural community, as we asked things like – what stories does our culture tell about us, whose stories get told, and who chooses those stories?"
Click below to download a PDF copy of the research report
French Organisation " Ou Sont Les Femmes? " ( Where are the women?) Collects Data to monitor gender equality in the Arts and Culture in France. The answer is - still not there.
Their specific data on Theatres is troubling. Despite Government " Roadmaps" and regulations designed to rebalance gender diversity in TV and Theatre, the figures are still shockingly biased towards males, in particular, against female writers for the stage.
Read more here
DTC Theatre Company shows the way to gender equity for female playwrights and theatre - in 2017 season.
"Not only has DTC's changed attitude manifested in their 2017 programming, but DTC also offered invaluable in-kind support to give a platform to Sydney's best Independent female theatre-makers by housing WITS' inaugural women's theatre festival, Festival Fatale, in October this year. DTC has set an impressive example for the rest of the industry, and showed that with initiative, parity can happen almost instantly."
A Canadian theatre company named fu-Gen Asian Canadian Theatre created a list called “The 49.” It focuses specifically on women of colour, and it offers 49 plays “that you can program tomorrow.”
"Key Findings Female customers account for 65% of ticket revenue, but only 39% of actors, 36% of directors and 28% of writers of plays performed are women.
Male playwrights write 37% of parts for women, while female playwrights write for 60% female casts
Critics award more 4 and 5 star ratings to plays with casts of their own gender
Male Directors and Writers command bigger stages and higher ticket prices
The proportion of female directors has increased by 5% since 2012
Florence Hope Data Scientist, Purple Seven.
Australian Writers Guild Survey
The Australian Writers’ Guild’s The National Voice report is an annual survey and analysis of programming trends across Australia’s 10 major theatre companies. Undertaken by the Playwrights’ Committee of the Australian Writers’ Guild.
In a recent survey they found some important indicators concerning the career opportunities for Australian writers, and commented on the gender disparity in theatre productions -
"Gender parity: 2016 reveals an increase in the disparity between the programming of male-authored and female-authored work. In 2015, of the 58 works by Australian playwrights (including original and adapted works), 57% were by men, and 43% by women. In 2016, the comparative percentage is 61% (male) and 39% (female) across all programmed works, both original and adaptations."
Julia Jordan and Marsha Norman reveal the results of " The Count" - an ongoing tally of works by womne playwrights produced by professional theatres in the USA . The results of " The Count " for the previous 3 years shows plays by women playwrights were produced 22% of the time.
Melody Brooks - interviewed by Emeline Jouve, « Promoting Gender Equity on the American Stage (2): 50/50 in 2020 », Miranda [Online], 11 | 2015, Online since 24 July 2015, connection on 24 October 2015. URL : http://miranda.revues.org/7601
USA & CANADA
7 Steps For Achieving Gender Equity in Theatre - by Martha Richards -Womenarts
Sydney: playwright gender ratio discussed and found wanting.
Read more here:
25 April 2015
The Guardian, UK - Press report of the conference Cutting Edge: British Theatre in Hard Times,
"In 10 years nothing has changed for female playwrights – it’s time to act"
A decade ago, 30% of new plays produced in UK theatres were written by women. In 2013 it was 31%. How can we ensure real change in gender equality?
Lucy Kerbel of Tonic Theatre, which has been in the forefront of trying to instigate change, noted that she had never been to a theatre gathering that was not specifically about gender where the issue was raised so much. But of course it’s only right that it is. If we’re going to bring about real change in theatre then gender equality and diversity have to be part of the conversation all of the time, not just on specific occasions, otherwise we are only ghettoising it.
22 April 2015
Equity in Theatre is a multi-pronged and multi-stakeholder initiative designed to help redress and rectify existent gender inequities in the theatre industry.
As a first step, EIT engaged Dr. Michelle MacArthur to generate a preparatory research study, the purpose of which is two-fold:
The report’s findings will serve as a foundational framework for EIT as it moves forward, for instance, informing the proceedings of the upcoming Symposium, and pointing the way toward possible future actions. It is our hope that the EIT report will serve as a source of inspiration, and act as a catalyst for change, for individuals and institutions, in the theatre sector and beyond.
Are you wondering how women fare in the current climate, and what can be done to help improve the situation? Check out the EIT report to find out! You can view the study in its entirety, or peruse a four-page Executive Summary with Study Highlights, by visiting the EIT website at: http://www.eit.playwrightsguild.ca/achieving-equity-canadian-theatre
With this report, and a new online presence, Equity in Theatre will continue to foster dialogue on an (inter)national scale, develop social actions that will help effect change, and generate greater awareness of and exposure to Canadian women in theatre. To find out more, visit the EIT website (www.eit.playwrightsguild.ca).
Our heartfelt thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation for making EIT and this report possible!
Not Even: A Study of Gender Parity in Bay Area Theatres (2015)
NOT EVEN: A Gender Analysis of 500 San Francisco/Bay Area Theatrical Productions 2011-2014 from The Counting Actors Project, written by Valerie Weak in collaboration with Martha Richards, Executive Director of WomenArts, and Christine Young, Associate Professor, University of San Francisco, was released at the WomenArts’ Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day Bay Area celebration on March 28, 2015.
This Gender Equity Report shows Chicago imbalance in female representation in line with national statistics in USA.
Gender Equity Report, 2010 (PDF)
The Gender Parity Task Force is compiled of working groups dedicated to the goal of "50/50 by 2020" - That is a 50% female* (*also includes non-gender normative individuals) representation in the theatre scene of Boston.
Boston, Stage Source Report, Forthcoming, 2015
Boston, MA is already a majority minority city. Within 30 years, our entire country will be majority minority. And yet, the theater sector does not reflect that reality. Though there are many reasons for this (access, lack of arts education in the schools, etc), and these reasons are much discussed in the community, the fact is that our sector must start looking like the community we live in. Read more in this downloadable PDF
The Diversity/Inclusion/Gender Parity Task Force Report 
This report of selected findings from the ongoing LPTW (League of Professional Theatre Women) data collection effort adds several dimensions to current studies on the status of women in theatre. Here we analyze employment in a broader-than-usual range of roles and provide an explicit focus on Off-Broadway productions for 4 complete seasons, 2010-2011 through 2013-2014.
“Women Hired Off-Broadway, 2010 – 2014,” a study by Martha Wade Steketee and Judith Binus, published by The League of Professional Theatre Women. (PDF)