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.
March’s count includes 11 shows, bringing the total shows counted by the project to 1015 shows.
Here are the stats:
Playwrights = 17; 10 women and 7 men.
Directors = 14; 9 women and 5 men.
Union Actors = 13; 10 women and 3 men.
Non-Union Actors = 74; 41 women, 32 men, 1 trans/non-binary.
Total Actors = 87; 51 women, 35 men, 1 trans/non-binary; 13 Union and 74 Non Union; 84 Local and 3 Non-Local.
Note: the trans/non-binary category counts artists who self-identify with pronouns other than he/she such as they, zhe, hir etc. Artists who use she/her pronouns are included in the ‘women’ group and those who use he/him pronouns are included in the ‘men’ group.
Shows included in the March count:
- Kursk (Theatre Lunatico) Note: a play originally written for an all male cast, here changed to female
- The Wolves (Marin Theatre Company)
- It’s Only a Play (New Conservatory Theatre Center)
- The Birthday Lottery (Z Space)
- Red (Bread & Butter Theatre)
- Judy Moody and Stink (Bay Area Children’s Theatre)
- Woman in Mind (Town Hall Theatre Company)
- Seeds (Utopia Theatre Project)
- Compton’s Cafeteria Riot (Tenderloin Museum)
- Between Us (Program B) (TheatreFirst) Note: an evening of 3 short solo plays. 4 writers for this project because one piece co-written and 3 directors.
- Iron Shoes (Shotgun Players) Note: female director and female music director both counted here as director. Female librettist and female composer/lyricist both counted as writer. Music director and composer/lyricist are same person
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, Anne Hallinan, and Karen Thomson Hall.
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 April 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! Stay tuned for our 50th meetup!
Statistics for April will go up between May 1st and May 5th.