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.
March’s count includes 9 shows, bringing the total shows counted by the project to 868 shows.
Here are the stats:
Playwrights = 10; 8 women and 2 men
Directors = 9; 3 women and 6 men.
Union Actors = 29; 19 women and 10 men.
Non-Union Actors = 14; 10 women and 4 men.
Total Actors = 43; 29 women and 14 men; 29 Union and 14 Non Union; 26 Local and 17 Non-Local.
Shows included in the March count:
- Leni (Aurora Theatre Company)
- John (American Conservatory Theater) Note: 3 understudies 1 union female, 1 non-union female 1 non-union male not included in this count
- You for Me for You (Crowded Fire Theater)
- The Baltimore Waltz (Magic Theatre)
- Beneath the Tall Tree (TheatreFirst)
- Years in the Hundreds (Central Works) Note: 1 female actor on AEA contract because of SAG-AFTRA membership and counted as Union actor
- Peerless (Marin Theatre Company)
- Bondage (AlterTheater)
- Roe (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, Rinabeth Apostol, Emilie Talbot, Tamar Cohn and Michaela Goldhaber.
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 April 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 support women artists? WWSF will attend Ubuntu Theater Project’s production of To the Bone by Lisa Ramirez on April 16th at 2pm. Join our monthly meetup group to learn more about discounted tickets for this production and future meetups to see shows featuring women theatermakers!
Statistics for April will go up between May 1st and May 5th.