What’s the overall picture? How much work is there for women and men in San Francisco/Bay Area theatre?
In the 500 shows counted, women had fewer jobs than men in every category.
Women were best represented as non-union actors, followed by directors and union actors, with playwrights trailing behind at only 27%. Not every show had one playwright and one director. Some plays were co-written and/or co-directed. Some shows were an evening of short plays that had more than one playwright and/or more than one director. For musicals, the musical director is counted in the director category, and all writers (book, lyrics, composer) are counted in the playwright category.
TABLE 1 – Women Had Fewer Jobs Than Men Overall