|Gender Parity Task Force|
GENDER PARITY TASK FORCE
The Gender Parity Task Force is compiled of working groups dedicated to the goal of "50/50 by 2020" - That is a 50% female* (*also includes non-gendernormative individuals) representation in the theater scene of Boston and New England.
Audience Engagement/Standing O
Create and coordinate audience engagement initiatives that promote awareness around and engagement in the gender parity issue. Contribute to Standing O on social media, plan Parity Parties, and will reach out to other organizations in the area with a vested interest in our work, but not necessarily from a theater perspective.
The public facing group is called the STANDING O - On Facebook as Facebook.com/StandingO and Twitter @StandingOBoston
Develop initiatives for the college/university community to promote gender parity in theater, such as a survey for students and mentorship opportunities. STUDENTS TAKE THE SURVEY HERE!
Developed the data collection mechanism for the report. Moving forward, will look at other numbers to benchmark, and how to collect this information.
Exploring how to get the work on the stage now that the numbers are out there. A series of readings is the proposed starting point, but ideally could use people with producing capabilities. Lots of questions this group is looking to answer: produce an independent series? Find a community partner? Try to partner with several theaters like in DC?
Strategy (formerly Roundtable/Power Mapping/Report)
Moving forward, this group will look at delineating the GPTF's overarching goals, strategies for achieving them, and methods for measuring success across our initiatives. Will take a closer look at the Tonic Theatre's method and see if we can replicate in some way.
Will promote ways for theater artists, producers, etc to connect with one another. Will throw showcases for designers with an emphasis on women/trans/people of color, events for emerging and established women/trans directors to connect, and use Standing O to promote opportunities.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Here are some links to other work being done in the field:
WomenArts in San Francisco released a report in April called Not Even: A Gender Analysis of 500 San Francisco/Bay Area Theatrical Productions, 2011-2014 by Valerie Weak in collaboration with Martha Richards and Christine Young.
In Chicago, the Gender Equity Task Force released a report in 2010.
The International Centre for Women Playwrights provides several services, including the 50/50 Applause Award.
Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s audacious move to gender equity: Santa Cruz Sentinel 4/29/2015
HOW HOLLYWOOD KEEPS OUT WOMEN: LA Weekly 4/29/2015