Happy International Women’s Day!
While many think that theatre is a female dominated arena, it’s just not so. According to the Edmonton Journal, “Statistics show that although women make up the majority of theatregoers, theatre school grads and support workers, they’re still miles away from holding their fair share of the top jobs.”
Things have gotten better. In 1982, “Women constituted a mere 10 per cent of produced playwrights in Canada, 13 per cent of directors, and 11 per cent of artistic directors.” According to a 2006 study, “in the Canadian theatre industry, women account for 33% of the artistic directors, 34% of the working directors, and 27% of the produced playwrights.”
But that’s just not good enough. Equity in Theatre has suggestions on how to make change. The suggestions are more industry focused, so what can you, a theatregoer do?
Support the work of women artists! Check out Imago Theatre’s blog post on women who work in Canadian theatre. And get yourself some tickets to shows by women. Here are just a few coming up in Vancouver:
The After After Party
March 6-17 at The Cultch
Written and performed by Katey Hoffman and Cheyenne Mabberley
March 9 at the Fishbowl (1398 Cartwright Street)
Written and performed by Carmen Aguirre
I Lost My Husband
March 15-24 at Gateway Theatre
Written by Catherine Léger, translated by Leanna Brodie, and directed by Diane Brown
April 26-28 at Studio 1398
Written and performed by Stéphanie Morin-Robert