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.
July’s count includes 11 shows, bringing the total shows counted by the project to 925 shows.
Here are the stats:
Playwrights = 15; 5 women and 10 men.
Directors = 13; 6 women and 7 men.
Union Actors = 29; 10 women and 19 men.
Non-Union Actors = 59; 36 women, 23 men.
Total Actors = 88; 46 women, 42 men; 29 Union and 59 Non Union; 82 Local and 6 Non-Local.
Shows included in the July count:
- Ghost Limb (BRAVA Theater Center)
- Much Ado about Nothing (Marin Shakespeare Company)
- The Glass Menagerie (California Shakespeare Theater)
- A Life on the Water (EXIT Theatre) Note: 4 playwrights on this piece, 3 women 1 man.
- Tender Napalm (Anton’s Well Theater Company)
- Midsummer of Love (We Players) Note: 2 musicians not included in this count; playwright counted is Shakespeare, but text is rearranged and reassigned by the director. Director is also one of the piece’s actors.
- The Four Immigrants (TheatreWorks) Note: female director, male music director, one writer for book/music/lyrics.
- Winter (Central Works)
- MacBitch (The Breadbox)
- The Other Place (Symmetry Theatre)
- La Cage Aux Folles (SF Playhouse) Note: male director, male music director counted as directors, and 2 male writers 1 music/lyrics, 1 book both included as writers; two additional swings 1m 1f both non-union, not included in this count.
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, Rinabeth Apostol and Britt Lauer.
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 August 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? Join the WWSF monthly meetup group to learn more about discounted tickets to see shows featuring women theatermakers!
Statistics for August will go up between September 1st and September 5th.