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.
June’s count includes 7 shows, bringing the total shows counted by the project to 761 shows.
Playwrights = 10; 1 women and 9 men
Directors = 8; 2 women and 6 men.
Union Actors = 13; 5 women and 8 men.
Non-Union Actors = 32; 15 women and 16 men.
Total Actors = 45; 21 women and 24 men; 13 Union and 32 Non Union; 43 Local and 2 Non-Local.
Shows included in the June count:
- On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (New Conservatory Theatre Center) Note: Male director, male music director, 3 male writers, one music, one lyrics, one revised book. This is the revival version of the piece where lead character is David, not Daisy as in original musical.
- The Velocity of Autumn (TheatreWorks)
- Chester Bailey (American Conservatory Theater)
- Present Laughter (Theatre Rhino)
- Much Ado About Nothing (California Shakespeare Theater) Note: several roles were cast cross gender in this production, including male actor as Beatrice and female actor as Benedick. 2 male writers on this project – some new dialogue written for this production credited to an additional male writer.
- The Village Bike (Shotgun Players)
- Maggie’s Riff (Faultline Theater) Note: male musician included in actor count for this show
Thank you so very much to the audience members, cast, theater staff and production team members who used the Counting Actors form to contribute show info this month, including Anne Hallinan, and Matt Weimer.
Please share these numbers with your colleagues and use them to start conversations on a break at rehearsal, the bar after the show, or in the lobby before they open the house. If you’re seeing or working on a show with July performances, go here to learn how to share the info with the project. It’s a quick and easy form that takes less than five minutes to fill out! I will have a full performance schedule of my own in July so I can especially use your help this month!
Want some bigger picture info? On April 28, 2015 as part of the 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 July will go up between August 1st and August 5th.