The Counting Actors Project is managed by Bay Area actor Valerie Weak, and began in June 2011 on her own blog. Works by Women San Francisco began hosting the project in February 2014. The archive of all past posts can be found here.
General information about the project, as well as selection criteria for shows and a show submission form are here.
January’s count includes 11 shows, bringing the total shows counted by the project to 538 shows. Here are the stats:
Playwrights = 15; 6 women and 9 men.
Directors = 14; 7 women and 7 men.
Union Actors = 35; 16 women and 19 men.
Non-Union Actors = 27; 11 women and 16 men.
Total Actors = 62; 27 women and 35 men; 35 Union and 27 Non Union; 47 Local and 15 Non-Local.
Shows included in the January count:
- Alicia’s Story (Tides Theater with The Center for Investigative Reporting)
- Landless (AlterTheater), Note: 2 women co-directors for this production
- Betrayal (The Pear Avenue Theater)
- X’s and O’s: A Football Love Story (Berkeley Rep)
- Tree (SF Playhouse), Note: 4 understudies not counted. 3 F non-union, 1 M Union
- The Cable Car Nymphomaniac (FOGG Theater), Note: F director, M music director both included as directors; F book writer, M music/lyrics writer both counted as writers.
- Indian Ink (American Conservatory Theater), Note: 2 understudies, 1 male, 1 female both non-union not included in this count.
- Around the World in 80 Days (Marin Theater Company), Note: this is their Theater for Young Audiences (TYA) show.
- Avenue Q (New Conservatory Theatre Center), Note: male director, male music director both counted as directors, male book writer and two male team lyrics/book writer all counted as writers.
- Late: A Cowboy Song (Custom Made Theater Company)
- The Anarchist (Theatre Rhino)
A hearty thank you to the audience members , cast members, and theater administrators who took a few minutes to send an email with show info, including Nancy Cooper Frank, Matt Weimer, Maryssa Wanlass, Marilee Talkington, Tamar Cohn, Rinabeth Apostol, and Anne Hallinan.
Please share these numbers and use them to start conversations, whether that’s on social media or in the green room. If you’re seeing or working on a show with February performances, go here to learn how to share the info with the project. It takes 5 minutes!
As announced in December, WomenArts will partner with the Counting Actors Project to compile a report that will examine cumulative data on the first 500 shows.
The report will be released on March 28, 2015 as part of this year’s international celebration of Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day. WomenArts is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the visibility and employment of women artists in all art forms. As part of its mission, WomenArts maintains a Women’s Employment in the Arts webpage, which has links to studies of women’s employment in various art forms.
Statistics for February will go up between March 1st and March 5th.