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 11 shows, bringing the total shows counted by the project to 914 shows.
Here are the stats:
Playwrights = 14; 6 women and 8 men.
Directors = 12; 5 women and 7 men.
Union Actors = 30; 16 women and 14 men.
Non-Union Actors = 59; 31 women, 27 men, 1 trans.
Total Actors = 89; 47 women, 41 men, 1 trans; 30 Union and 59 Non Union; 61 Local and 28 Non-Local.
Shows included in the June count:
- Monsoon Wedding (Berkeley Repertory Theatre) Note: female director, male music director are both counted as directors and 2 female writers for book and lyrics, male composer are counted as playwrights.
- The Winter’s Tale (African-American Shakespeare Company)
- An Octoroon (Berkeley Repertory Theatre)
- You Mean to Do Me Harm (SF Playhouse)
- The Legend of Georgia McBride (Marin Theatre Company)
- How to Be a White Man (FaultLine Theater) Note: co-written by two writers; one of writers is also lead performer.
- Grandeur (Magic Theatre) Note: male union understudy/cover not included in this count.
- Mother Night (Custom Made Theatre Company) Note: program credit ‘adapter’ is counted as playwright for this production – adapter and director are same person.
- Splendour (Aurora Theatre Company)
- Sordid Lives (New Conservatory Theatre Center)
- Brownsville Song: B-Side for Trey (Shotgun Players)
Thank you so very much to the audience and cast members who used the Counting Actors form to contribute show info this month, including Anne Hallinan, Karen Thomson Hall, Matt Weimer, Carol Lashof, Nara Dahlbacka and Mia Tagano.
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!
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 The Breadbox production of MacBitch on Saturday July 29th at 8pm. 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 July will go up between August 1st and August 5th.