Other Resources

100 Great Plays for Women
Lucy Kerbel’s 100 Great Plays for Women is an inspiring guide to a hundred plays that put female performers centre stage, dispelling the myth that ‘there aren’t any good plays for women’. With a foreword by Kate Mosse.

365 Women A Year Project
365 woman a year is a playwriting project that was founded by Jess Eisenberg and Gina Scanlon in 2014. This project involves over 200 playwrights who have signed on to write one or more one-acts about extraordinary women in both past and present history. The project’s ambitious yet focused goal is to write women back into the social consciousness as well as empower and promote female playwrights around the country. Jess Eisenberg and Gina Scanlon plan to continue this project every year, with a new list of 365 women in history.

Bechdel Test
Created in 1985 by cartoonist Alison Bechdel, this simple test could easily be applied to drama.  In order to “pass” the Bechdel test, a movie must have 1) at least two named female characters, 2) female characters who talk to each other, 3) about something besides a man.

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s Theatre Now! Podcast
This oral history podcast series reveals the artistic influences and creative processes of some of the most important theater women working in America today. Listen in on fascinating conversations with leading playwrights, directors, actors, designers, producers, composers, librettists, educators, and critics.

The Interval
The Interval is a theatre website, founded by Victoria Myers and Michelle Tse in 2014 to be a virtual home for female voices of the theatre. With the goals of changing the conversation around women in theatre by asking smart women smart questions for a smart audience, promoting gender parity in theatre, creating a place to explore the diverse nature of creativity, storytelling, and careers in the theatre, and bridging the gap between Broadway and Off-Broadway; plays and musicals; and on-stage and behind the scenes.

Large Cast Plays with Lots of Women
Comprehensive list of classic, modern, and contemporary plays featuring many roles for women prepared by dramaturg Ilana Brownstein.

Report on the Status of Women – A Limited Engagement
2002 NY Council on the Arts Theater Program study by Susan Jonas and Suzanne Bennett
Report on three-year research initiative assessing the status of women in New York theater.  The initiative sessions produced a body of invaluable historical, anecdotal and statistical information on the ways in which women have confronted, overcome and continue to face discrimination in the field, and remains the only contemporary comprehensive research project on the topic.

Stage Source Gender Parity Task Force: Spotlight on Gender Parity 2013-2014
This is a report on gender equity in the New England theater community, with statistics from the 2013-2014 season. The information was gathered by the Gender Parity Task Force, which operates under the umbrella of StageSource, the service organization for the New England theater community. The goal of the study was to benchmark numbers around gender parity in our theater community, while recognizing that the numbers themselves, and the goals of different theater companies, require the context of discussion. By collecting this data on a regular basis in the future, StageSource hopes to create an environment in which such discussions can take place, and necessary changes can be made.

We Exist – Open-source List of Female and Trans Playwrights
Christine Evans, Elaine Romero, and Rachel Jendrzejewski created an evolving, open-source list of female and trans playwrights to which anyone can add herself. The LPTW teamed up to support them by creating this button that can be shared on any site with a link back to this list, which WWSF is proud to display.

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