Gender Parity

A discussion and response to the call for better gender parity in theatre.

Moving Toward Gender Equity in the Canadian Theatre
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Moving Toward Gender Equity in the Canadian Theatre

5 December 2015

Sophia Romma writes about the ideas for working toward gender parity that came out of the April 2015 Equity in Theatre Symposium in Toronto, Ontario.

Where’s My Influence? Affecting Gender Parity as a Freelance Artist
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Where’s My Influence? Affecting Gender Parity as a Freelance Artist

4 December 2015

Actor and teaching artist Valerie Weak discusses her experience freelancing and shares her strategies for promoting women theatre artists.

Achieving Gender Parity
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Achieving Gender Parity

Play by Play & Role by Role

4 December 2015

Director Christine Young advocates for casting more women in university theatre productions, ranging from the classics to contemporary work.

My “One Thing”
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My “One Thing”

Achieving Gender Parity through Legislation

3 December 2015

Citizen-artist Yvette Heyliger discusses the aftermath of her petition and advocates a call to action for gender parity legislation.

Achieving Gender Parity
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Achieving Gender Parity

The 100 Women Plan

2 December 2015

Executive Director of WomenArts, Martha Richards, calls for women and allies to collaborate on building a $10 million a year network of 100 women working full-time to achieve gender parity in the arts.

Why Are There So Few Women Leading Theatres and What Can Be Done About It?
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Why Are There So Few Women Leading Theatres and What Can Be Done About It?

1 December 2015

Researchers Sumru Erkut and Ineke Ceder discuss their study and offer suggestions for including more women and people of color in leadership positions in US regional theatres.

​StageSource’s Gender Parity Task Force
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​StageSource’s Gender Parity Task Force

30 November 2015

Julie Hennrikus, Executive Director of StageSource in Boston, MA, writes about initiatives toward gender parity in New England.

Gender Parity in Theatre
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Gender Parity in Theatre

An Exploration of How Change Happens and Where We Go From Here

29 November 2015

Shellen Lubin launches a series on gender parity on HowlRound this week. She addresses how this is a critical moment in time for women in theatre to make a huge irreversible leap forward.

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Dispatches from LALA Land
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Dispatches from LALA Land

The Road to New Writing

31 May 2013

Holly Derr reports from LA Stage Day, where a lack of female playwrights demonstrates a larger problem: if LA has so many female writers, then how come none of them are getting produced?

Gender Disparity, Self-Reporting, and Theatre Rhino's A Lady and A Woman
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Gender Disparity, Self-Reporting, and Theatre Rhino's A Lady and A Woman

7 May 2013

Lily Janiak talks about Theatre Rhino’s A Lady and A Woman and examines her role as a theatre critic.

Portrait of Rachel Grossman.
A Lot to Put on a Girl
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A Lot to Put on a Girl

Playmaking in Pseudo-Post-Feminist America

26 April 2013

Rachel Grossman of dog & pony dc writes about her experience as a female artistic director, and the problematic side effects of working in a post-feminist art form while still grappling with pre-feminist issues.

Gender Parity
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Gender Parity

25 April 2013

Heather Kitchen offers reflective insight on gender parity and shares examples on how it has affected her career. 

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We Are Not a Mirror
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We Are Not a Mirror

Theatre Must Lead with Women’s Stories

24 April 2013

Lauren Gunderson writes about the failings of theatre to be a lens for society, and the inability to properly represent real life without the voices of women.

All Too Often I Am Forced to Choose
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All Too Often I Am Forced to Choose

A Conversation with Playwright Lydia Diamond

23 April 2013

Lauren Gunderson interviews playwright Lydia Diamond about feeling forced to choose a piece of her marginalized self to construct her stories.

Push for Parity
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Push for Parity

22 April 2013

Julia Jordan writes about the push for gender parity in theater, and how demanding change is vital to fixing theater's woman problem.

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Weekly Howl on Thursday, April 25
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Weekly Howl on Thursday, April 25

Gender Parity—a Twitter chat using hashtag #newplay

22 April 2013

Brad Erickson and Laura Brueckner modderate this week's Howl on Gender Parity

Interview with Carey Perloff
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Interview with Carey Perloff

21 April 2013

Brad Erickson interviews Carey Perloff about gender parity, women in leadership, and working as the artistic director of the ACT.

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Christmas Gift
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Christmas Gift

21 April 2013

With the community advocating for better gender parity, Theatre Bay Area has made a commitment to furthering the discussion about gender bias and how to take action. 

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