For the Not Even study, a team of volunteers counted the playwrights, directors, and actors in 500 shows produced in the nine county San Francisco/Bay Area from June 2011 through November 2014. Analysis of this data has revealed the following key findings:
Fewer Jobs for Women – Women had fewer jobs than men as playwrights, directors, and actors.
Women wrote fewer than 3 out of 10 shows.
Women directed about 4 out of 10 shows.
Women actors received 4 out of 10 union contracts.
No Improvement - Between 2011-2014, there was no significant improvement in women's employment in Bay Area theatres.
More Plays with Majority Male Casts - Plays with a majority of male actors are twice as common as plays with a majority of female actors.
Women Wrote More Roles for Women –Women played 57% of roles in plays written by women and only 41% of roles in plays written by men.
Fewer High Paying Jobs – Women were less represented in the highest paying jobs.
Off-Broadway Set Designers are generally less than one third women.
In a study sampling 2,508 productions in American theatres between the years 2011 and 2014, just 22 percent of the plays produced were written by women.
Fifty-one percent of the population is female, and yet only about 24 percent of all plays produced across the country in the coming season are written by a woman, living or dead. - American Theatre
"In the last 10 years, according to American Theatre's lists of the top 10 most-produced plays at TCG theatres, 30 percent of the top 2 on the lists were written by women. That's nearly double the percentage at which plays by women are produced overall... Broadway plays written by women earn on average 18 percent more than those written by men, even when the data are controlled for the type of play and corrected for massive failures and for whopping successes like Wicked, whose book was written by a woman, the great Winnie Holzman. Plays by women sell on average 3,538 more seats per week than do those written by men." - TCG