The first 100 shows from Counting Actors had:
- 50 male directors, 53 female directors (this # is above 100 because some shows had co-directors)
- 84 male writers, 30 female writers (this # is above 100 because of writing collaborations, but because I was also counting lyrics writers and composers in this category)
So 49% of the directors were men, and 51% were women. 74% of the writers were men and 26% were women.
There were 730 actors in those 100 plays, for an average cast size of 7.3. The largest cast had 42 actors (Seussical at Berkeley Playhouse – a cast that included a union contract, but also 27 cast members who were under 18 and enrolled in a class). On the other end of the spectrum, there are four 1 person shows in the count. Those actors include 406 men and 324 women (56%, 44%), 255 union members and 475 non-union members (35%, 65%) , and 661 locals and 69 non-locals (91%, 9%).
Of the union actors, 154 were men and 101 were women (60%, 40%). While I didn’t explicitly ask it in the questions list, it looks like only one of the non-locals was non-union, so of the union members working, 27% were non local.
I’m planning a few more posts using the first one hundred shows. Based on recent discussions w/smart friends and colleagues, I’d like to see how the writer gender situation looks if when the play was written is taken into account. Also, I plan to look more closely at the contract issue – how many shows were on a BAPP vs. higher level contracts, and again see how things look for the actor gender question and the local/non-local issue.
I may come up with some other questions in the next few days, but I’m wondering if you have questions that you think the data can answer. If so, post them in the comments, and I’ll see what I can do!
For an explanation of the project, as well as links to the stats on a monthly basis, go here.
And, if you’ve read this far, I’d really appreciate a link, status update, tweet, + or live conversation with your friends, and artistic associates about this data.
Thanks again to all who’ve contributed information to this project.