A recent study by Wellesly Centers for Women found that less than 27 percent of theatres have women in the artistic director role. A 2015 study by the Dramatists Guild found that 78 percent of plays produced were written by men.
“I’ve always been aware of the lack of roles, both onstage and off, for women. There are far more women at auditions and vying for jobs, but theatre is often still a man’s world.” Krista Schafer Ewbank, founding artistic director of Open Book Theatre Company, explained. “I always look for plays that feature strong roles for women. It’s harder than you might think with so many plays being written by men. I think we’ve found a really good balance.” [Read more…]