Counting Actors: February 2017 Statistics

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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


February’s count includes 12 shows, bringing the total shows counted by the project to 859 shows.

Here are the stats:

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Playwrights = 20; 9 women and 11 men

Directors = 15; 5 women and 10 men.

Union Actors = 27; 11 women and 16 men.

Non-Union Actors = 51; 26 women, 2 transgender and 23 men.

Total Actors = 78; 37 women, 2 transgender and 39 men; 26 Union and 51 Non Union; 71 Local and 7 Non-Local.

Shows included in the February count:

  • Leaving the Blues (New Conservatory Theatre Center)
  • Charley’s Aunt ‘66 (Douglas Morrison Theatre)
  • The Christians (San Francisco Playhouse) Note: choir not counted as cast, production understudies 2m, 1f, 1trans not included in this count.
  • Well (Contra Costa Civic Theatre)
  • Where All Good Rabbits Go (FaultLine Theater)
  • Fool For Love (Magic Theatre)
  • Women in Jeopardy! (Center REP)
  • Pippi Longstocking (Bay Area Children’s Theatre) Note: male playwright, female music composer both counted as writers on this project
  • The Potrero Nuevo Project (Playground) Note: Evening of 8 short pieces – 4 male writers, 4 female writers, 2 male directors, 2 female directors and a company of 8 actors in multiple pieces.
  • The Real Thing (Aurora Theatre Company)
  • Waiting for Godot (Ubuntu Theater Project & Inferno Theatre) Note: Roles of  Lucky and Boy played by female actors.
  • Hand to God (Berkeley Repertory Theatre)

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, Karen Thomson Hall, 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 March 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!

Want to learn more? Visit the Women in the Arts and Media Coalition website and check out their studies page.  You’ll find links to regional, national and international data on representation of women artists in theater, film/tv, literary arts and more, including ‘Not Even, A Gender Analysis of 500 San Francisco/Bay Area Theatrical Productions 2011-2014 from the Counting Actors Project’.   This report, commissioned by WomenArts, compiled data from this project to study trends over time.  WWSF’s article about the report, including links to report graphics, key findings and raw data, can be found here.

Want to celebrate women artists? WomenArts celebrates SWAN Day/Support Women Artists Now Day on March 25th (and throughout the month of April).  This is the 10th anniversary of this international celebration of women’s creativity.

Statistics for March will go up between April 1st and April 5th.


2 responses to “Counting Actors: February 2017 Statistics

  1. Great blog. Not sure your graph is accurate though with regard to the total actors? Should be 37 women, 2 trans, 39 men?

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