Counting Actors: July 2012

This project began in June 2011. To date, we’ve counted 152 Bay Area shows.  To learn more about the project, including a link to a list of prior posts in this series, go here.

14 Shows Counted:

  • ACT/Scottsboro Boys (3 male writers credited on this production – book, lyrics, music)
  • Berkeley REP/Emotional Creatures
  • Mime Troupe/The Last Election (2 male writers on this production – script, music & lyrics. Also script writer and director are same person)
  • Shotgun Players/Truffaldino Says No
  • The Stage (San Jose Stage)/Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (male director, female music director, male writer, 2nd male writer for book/lyrics. Cast includes double cast M child actors)
  • One Heart Productions/Angel of the Poor
  • TheatreWorks/Wheelhouse (3 writers on this project are also 3 performers in project)
  • Bay Area Childrens Theater/Click Clack Moo (adaptation from book by woman writer; 2 writer team is co on lyrics, 1 did script, other music; female director, female music director)
  • San Jose Rep/Bill W and Dr Bob
  • Thrillpeddlers/Marat/Sade
  • TheatreWorks/Upright Grand (one of male actors on this project has a low line load and plays the piano)
  • Impact/Great Zamboni (solo show written by the performer)
  • Marin Shakes/King John
  • Aurora/Salomania (writer and director same person; one female actor played both male and female characters)
  • Cal Shakes/Spunk (adapted from stories by F writer, male adaptor, male music writer)

The Stats:

  • 7 male directors, 10 female directors
  • 20 male writers, 4 female writers
  • 141 total actors, 91 male, 50 female
  • 61 union actors, 80 non-union actors
  • 36 union men, 25 union women
  • 114 local actors, 27 non-local


Giant thank yous to all who shared stats with me for July: Karen Thompson Hall, Sofia Ahmad, Megan Killian Uttam, Scott Ragle, Lily Tung Crystal and Melissa Hillman.

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

Thanks for tweeting, liking or linking this post, or talking about it in the green room, dressing room, rehearsal room, or at the bar after the show.

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