Counting Actors: June 2012

This project began in June 2011 and is now officially 1 year old!  To date, we’ve counted 138 Bay Area shows.  To learn more about the project, including a link to a list of prior posts in this series, go here.

12 Shows Counted:

  • MTC/God of Carnage (male translator not credited below)
  • Palo Alto Players/Lieutenant of Inishmore
  • Theatre Rhino/100 Saints You Should Know
  • Crowded Fire/Good Goods (this project featured an entirely female production team, with the exception of the set builder)
  • Cal Shakes/Tempest (small cast concept on this show {9 actors total} meant that most roles were doubled, and women played Caliban, Antonio, Sebastian, Boatswain, Ariel)
  • SF Playhouse/Reunion
  • Magic/Bruja (cast on this show includes 4 boys doublecast to play Medea and Jason’s sons)
  • Tides Theater/5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche (2 men are credited as writers on this show, but recognition also given in script to 6 women who participated in improvisatory exercises around the creation of this show in Chicago)
  • Symmetry/Emilie (gender parity onstage is part of this company’s mission statement)
  • Pear Avenue/Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • Berkeley Rep/Black and Blue Boys, Broken Men (the writer of this piece is also the actor in this piece.  She portrays multiple characters, almost all of them men and boys)
  • SF Playhouse/Behanding in Spokane

The Stats:

  • 8 male directors, 4 female directors
  • 8 male writers, 5 female writers
  • 68 total actors, 39 male, 29 female
  • 26 union actors, 42 non-union actors
  • 14 union men, 12 union women
  • 62 local actors, 6 non-local

The Counting Actors project is now officially one year old! Thank you to all who have been sharing these posts with their friends and colleagues and using this information and carrying along the conversation about this issue.

Thanks especially this month to those who have contributed stats: Rosie Hallett, Sasha Hnatkovich, Phoebe Moyer, Tiffany Cothran, Susan Shay, Lily Tung Crystal, Carol Lashof, and Arwen Anderson.

I’ll post stats for July between August 1st and August 5th.  If you see a show or are working on a show with performances in July, please go here to learn how to submit the statistics.



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