Counting Actors: January 2018 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


January’s count includes 8 shows, bringing the total shows counted by the project to 994 shows.

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Here are the stats:

Playwrights = 8; 2 women and 6 men.

Directors = 9; 7 women and 2 men.

Union Actors = 23; 10 women and 13 men.

Non-Union Actors = 21; 6 women, 15 men.

Total Actors = 44; 16 women, 28 men; 23 Union and 21 Non Union; 37 Local and 7 Non-Local.

Shows included in the January count:

  • Skeleton Crew (Marin Theatre Company)
  • Born Yesterday (SF Playhouse) Note:  1 male and 1 female non-union understudy not included in this count
  • Cow Pie Bingo (AlterTheater)
  • Red Speedo (CenterREP)
  • Beautiful Oops (Bay Area Children’s Theatre) Note: female director, female music director, one male writer for book/music/lyrics
  • Insignificance (Dragon Theatre)
  • The Birthday Party (American Conservatory Theater) Note: 4 union understudies, 2 male, 2 female not included in this count
  • Still At Risk (New Conservatory Theatre Center)

Thank you so very much to the audience, cast members and artistic staff who used the Counting Actors form to contribute show info this month, including Matt Weimer, Tiiu Rebane, Anne Hallinan, Jessica Powell and Megan Killian Uttam.

Please share these numbers with your colleagues and use them to start conversations in the green room, the lobby or your favorite theater focused social media group.  If you’re seeing or working on a show with February 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 attend women-led theater with other supporters!

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



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