The Gender Parity Task Force is compiled of working groups dedicated to the goal of "50/50 by 2020"—That is a 50% representation of people with marginalized gender identities* in the New England theater scene by the year 2020.
Click here to sign up for the Gender Parity Task Force Google Group
*What is a Marginalized Gender Identity?
Simply put, a marginalized gender identity (MGI) is any gender that isn’t a cisgender man (a man who was assigned male at birth and currently identifies as a man). When StageSource initially created the Gender Parity Task Force back in 2015 their focus was specifically on women—a 2013-2014 season survey found that men outnumbered women by at least 2 to 1 in many fields including directing, playwriting, and design.
But hiring discrimination and workplace gender inequity is a broad reaching problem, and since then, we have expanded our parity efforts to include all marginalized genders. This includes but is not limited to: all women, trans, non-binary, agender, and genderqueer people.
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.
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Standing O Stamp
StageSource member organizations may opt themselves into being considered for a Standing O Stamp on our digital New England theatre calendar the StagePage. The Standing O committee looks at each event submitted for a Standing O and determines whether or not an event qualifies. An event qualifies for a Standing O if it meets three of the following five criteria:
MGI / Female DIRECTOR
MGI / Female PLAYWRIGHT
At least a 50% MGI / Female CAST
At least a 50% MGI / Female DESIGN TEAM
MGI / Female centered STORY
Submissions are accepted from StageSource members only. The StagePage is accessible to the public, including artists, organizations, and the press. Visit StagePage.org to submit your show
Parity Parties are events to promote and bring audiences to Standing O-stamped productions. When submitting for a Standing O to the StagePage, make sure to check the box on the form and let us know that you are interested in being considered for a Parity Party. If you have questions, or decide you'd like to be considered after you submitted your event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are sub groups and projects that have been taken on by the Gender Parity Task Force
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.
Click here to see the 2015 Gender Parity Report or Click here to download the report
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?
(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.
If you or someone you know would like to be involved with the Gender Parity Task Force, please sign up for the google group! - Once you have signed up for the google group, sign up for a sub-group!
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 December, 2015 the Dramatist Guild will be releasing a national report, The Count.
In Washington D.C., Gwydion Suilebhan and David Mitchell Robinson are tracking data around playwrights and directors.
In Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Female Playwrights’ Initiative released The Study. The group is still active, with meetups and convenings.
In Chicago, the Gender Equity Task Force released a report in 2010.
In Toronto, Equity in Theatre held a symposium in April. Over 100 people spent a day discussing their latest report, Achieving Equity in Canadian Theatre: A Report with Best Practice Recommendations.
Women in the Arts & Media Coalition has a “Studies” page that includes links to a lot of work being done in this space.
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