Works by Women San Francisco has hosted the Counting Actors Project for six months now! Created and managed by Bay Area actor Valerie Weak, this project dates to June 2011. The archive of past posts is now available on the Works by Women San Francisco website and can be accessed here.
To submit statistics for the project using our online submission form and also to learn more about selection criteria, please go here.
July’s count includes 12 shows, bringing the total shows counted by the project to 453 shows. Here are the stats:
Playwrights = 16; 4 women and 12 men.
Directors = 14; 6 women and 8 men.
Union Actors = 27; 14 women and 13 men.
Non-Union Actors = 85; 37 women and 48 men.
Total Actors = 112; 51 women and 61 men; 27 Union and 85 Non Union; 101 Local and 11 Non-Local.
Shows included in the July count:
- The Great Pretender (TheatreWorks)
- Twelfth Night (Shotgun Players)
- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Tides Theatre)
- Much Ado About Nothing (Livermore Shakespeare Festival/Shakespeare’s Associates) Note: 7 non-local actors counted in this production are all interns and young professionals, all non-union
- Pride and Predjudice (Livermore Shakespeare Festival/Shakespeare’s Associates)
- Everyone Here Says Hello (Wily West Productions) Note: all actors in this production play multiple roles, 2 F roles played by M actors
- Into the Woods (SF Playhouse) Note: 2 understudies 1 M non-union, 1 F union not included in this count. F director, M music director, 2 M writers, one music/lyrics, one book
- Ripple Effect (San Francisco Mime Troupe) Note: co-directed by M/F team. 2 F and 1 M book writer, 1 M lyrics writer; M book writer is also actor in show
- Dracula Inquest (Central Works)
- Moby Dick Rehearsed (Stanford Repertory Theatre) Note: 12 of 15 cast are current Stanford students or recent graduates
- Sweet Maladies (Black Artists Contemporary Cultural Experience & BRAVA Theater Center)
- The Fellowship (AlterTheater) Note: one female identifying transgender actor playing transgender character is included with female actors above.
Special thanks go out to Anne Hallinan, Marissa Skudlarek, Jon Tracy, Maryssa Wanlass, Lindsey Schmeltzer, Tiiu Eva Rebane, and Patricia Milton for sharing statistics with the project and in some cases, helping to beta-test the new online submission form! I’m very excited to have this feature on the Works by Women San Francisco site – check it out and see how easy it is to submit statistics for shows with August performances.
Please keep talking about and sharing the data from this project! Now that the complete archive and the submission form are in place, we’re working on compiling all data from the 3+ years of this project to look for trends and patterns – is there something you’re curious to find out about gender representation in Bay Area theater? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Statistics for August will be up between September 1st and September 5th.