Counting Actors: August 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


August’s count includes 9 shows, bringing the total shows counted by the project to 934 shows.

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Here are the stats:

Playwrights = 13; 3 women and 10 men.

Directors = 12; 6 women and 6 men.

Union Actors = 24; 13 women and 11 men.

Non-Union Actors = 45; 21 women, 24 men.

Total Actors = 69; 34 women, 35 men; 24 Union and 45 Non Union; 63 Local and 6 Non-Local.

Shows included in the August count:

  • Airswimming (Dragon Theatre)
  • The Three Musketeers (Marin Shakespeare Company)
  • The Making of a Great Moment (Z Space)
  • Black Odyssey (California Shakespeare Theater)
  • The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence (Shotgun Players)
  • Twisted Hitchcock (Left Coast Productions) Note: an evening of 3 short plays with 3 playwrights, 3 directors; actors playing multiple roles across the 3 pieces.
  • The Mathematics of Love (BRAVA Theater Center) Note: playwright and director are same person.
  • Walls (San Francisco Mime Troupe) Note: female director, male music director.  3 male writers – 1 each for script, lyrics, music.
  • Hamlet (Ninjaz of Drama)

Thank you so very much to the audience, cast members and theater company staff who used the Counting Actors form to contribute show info this month, including Anne Hallinan, Matt Weimer, Kimberly Wadycki and Elena Wright.

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 September 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 September will go up between October 1st and October 5th.




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