Counting Actors: February 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


February’s count includes 10 shows, bringing the total shows counted by the project to 1004 shows.

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Here are the stats:

Playwrights = 15; 6 women and 9 men.

Directors = 15; 9 women and 6 men.

Union Actors = 26; 11 women and 15 men.

Non-Union Actors = 66; 36 women, 30 men.

Total Actors = 92; 47 women, 45 men; 26 Union and 66 Non Union; 88 Local and 4 Non-Local.

Shows included in the February count:

  • Streetcar Named Desire (Ubuntu Theater Project).
  • Streetcar Named Desire (African-American Shakespeare Company)
  • Widowers’ Houses (Aurora Theatre Company)
  • Ragtime (Berkeley Playhouse) Note: Male director, male music director, male writers for book and music, female writer for lyrics.  Cast includes 14 kid actors who are double cast but are all counted here.
  • Reel to Reel (Magic Theatre) Note: playwright and director are same person
  • Lucia Berlin: Stories (Z Space/Word for Word) Note: 2 female directors on this project and company performs verbatim theater taken from fiction, so author of stories is counted as playwright
  • Office Hour (Berkeley Rep)
  • Bamboozled (Central Works)
  • Between Us (Program A) (TheatreFirst) Note: an evening of 4 short solo plays.  4 writers for this project and 4 directors.  1 piece is directed and written by same person
  • Non Player Character (SF Playhouse)

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, Karen Thomson Hall, Norman Gee, and Patricia Milton.

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 March 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!  On Saturday March 10th, we’ll be seeing Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. by Alice Birch, presented by Crowded Fire Theater Company.

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


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