Works by Women San Francisco is thrilled to be the new home of the Counting Actors Project, created and managed by Bay Area actor Valerie Weak. This project began in June 2011, and an archive of past posts can be found here. For those who have followed this project from the SF Bay Area Actor blog, thanks for making the journey. Our hope is that by moving the project to the WWSF blog it will have a wider reach and lead to even more conversation about issues of representation in Bay Area theater.
For general information about the project including selection criteria and info about how to submit a show for inclusion in the project, please go here.
March’s count includes 18 shows, bringing the total shows counted by the project to 392 shows. It should be noted that March was a special month in that the number of Union Women Actors and the Total Women Actors were both greater than the numbers of male actors in those categories. A rare occurrence. Here are the stats:
Playwrights = 28; 8 women and 20 men.
Directors = 26; 11 women and 15 men.
Union Actors = 48; 27 women and 21 men.
Total Actors = 197; 106 women and 91 men; 48 Union and 149 Non Union; 175 Local and 22 Non-Local.
Shows included in the February count:
- Twisted Fairytales (Left Coast Productions), Note: show has multiple short pieces and so the count includes 5 directors (2 women, 3 men) and 7 playwrights (1 woman, 6 men). Some of the writers and directors also acted in the show and so are counted in multiple categories.
- The Habit of Art (Theatre Rhino)
- The Threepenny Opera(The Stage, formerly San Jose Stage), Note: show includes male director, male musical director, male book/lyric writer, male composer.
- Amadeus (City Lights)
- Medea (African American Shakespeare Festival)
- Once On This Island (TheatreWorks), Note: featured a male director and male music director, female book and lyric writers and male composer.
- Escanaba in Da Moonlight (TheatreFirst)
- Accidental Death of An Anarchist (Berkeley Repertory Theatre)
- House That Will Not Stand (Berkeley Repertory Theatre)
- Top Girls (Custom Made Theatre)
- She Rode Horses Like the Stock Exchange (Crowded Fire Theatre Company)
- Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Bay Area Children’s Theater), Note: had a female director and female music director, and one male writer for book/lyrics and music.
- Crystal Springs (Radar Kitchen), note: two female understudies not included in the count
- Music Man (Berkeley Playhouse), note: female director, male music director, male writer for book/lyrics and music. 31 actors in this cast are students enrolled in a class and doublecast in the show. These students play speaking parts of Zaneeta, Amaryllis, and Winthrop and fill out roles in the show’s chorus.
- 100 Days (Z Space), Note: one female writer credited with book, other male and female writer listed as “concept and music” and also perform in the show. Entire cast are actors/musicians. One female performer plays male character.
- Lasso of Truth (Marin Theatre Company)
- Collected Stories (Expression Productions)
- Yellow (New Conservatory), Note: actors credited with recorded voiceover in the program not included here
Deepest thanks to the audience members and cast members who took a few minutes to send an email with show info, including Kristin Brownstone, Tamar Cohn, Kelly Ground, Karen Thomson Hall, Anne Hallinan, Carol Lashof, Eowyn Mader, Carina Salazar, Susan Shay, and Matt Weimer.
If you’d like to submit statistics for a show with March performances, please go here to learn how to share the info.
On April 14th, I’ll be at the Theatre Bay Area Annual Conference, and discussing the Counting Actors project as part of a panel called: Being Agents of Change: Advocacy & Representation Strategies for Individual Artists. Christine Young will moderate that panel. It would be great to see folks there who are interested in these statistics.
Statistics for April will go up between May 1st and May 5th.