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.
April’s count includes 13 shows, bringing the total shows counted by the project to 579 shows. Here are the stats:
Playwrights = 17; 3 women and 14 men.
Directors = 17; 9 women and 8 men.
Union Actors = 57; 25 women and 32 men.
Non-Union Actors = 29; 13 women and 16 men.
Total Actors = 86: 38 women and 48 men; 57 Union and 29 Non Union; 70 Local and 16 Non-Local.
Shows included in the April count:
- Hedda Gabler (Bindlestiff Studio) Note: co directed by male/female team; Filipino cast
- Blackademics (Crowded Fire Theater)
- The Way West (Marin Theatre Company)
- Max Understood (Paul Dresher Ensemble) Note: male director, female music director, female book/lyrics writer male music writer
- Fire on the Mountain (TheatreWorks) Note: male director and male music director are also 2 writers – director wrote book/lyrics and music director wrote music
- Mirandolina! Mistress of a Tuscan Inn (CenterREP)
- Head of Passes (Berkeley Rep)
- Sister Play (Magic Theatre) Note: director and playwright are same person
- From White Plains (New Conservatory Theatre Center)
- Nick and Nora (42nd Street Moon) Note: male director, male music director, 3 male writers, one each for book/lyrics/music
- In a Word (San Francisco Playhouse)
- Fifth of July (Aurora Theatre Company)
- Let There Be Love (American Conservatory Theater)
A great big thank you to the audience members, and cast members, who used the Counting Actors Form to contribute show info this month, including Karen Thomson Hall, Esperanza Catubig, Michelle Leavy, Roselyn Hallett, Teddy Spencer, Anne Hallinan, Matt Weimer, Susan Shay, Cassidy Brown, Michael Barrett Austin, Elizabeth Benedict, Jennifer LeBlanc, and Sylvia Kratins.
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 May performances, go here to learn how to share the info with the project. It takes 5 minutes!
On April 28, 2015 as part of this year’s international celebration of Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day, the Counting Actors project released ‘Not Even, A Gender Analysis of 500 San Francisco/Bay Area Theatrical Productions 2011-2014 from the Counting Actors Project’.
An article about the report, including links to report graphics, key findings and raw data, can be found here. Please read and share the report as well.
This report was commissioned by WomenArts , 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 May will go up between June 1st and June 5th.