gender parity study

In the Fall of 2008, artists and artistic directors met at New Dramatists NY to discuss gender disparity in theater.  Since then, Princeton University’s Emily Sands has researched the economics behind the issue with adviser Cecilia Rouse of Obama’s Economic Counsel and author of the famed Orchestra Study of Blind Auditions.  

Some of the findings include:

  • Plays written by women are more profitable than plays written by men.
  • Plays written by women and with female protagonists are the least likely to be produced.
  • The discrimination against female playwrights is the key reason for the paucity of roles for actresses.
  • Female playwrights would have a better chance of production if they wrote under a male pseudonym.

Come on Monday, June 22 at 5:30pm to 59E59 Theaters in New York
to hear the full extent of the research and take part in a Q&A.

In the meantime I am actively on the lookout for the perfect male pseudonym to unlock the doors to my future. I am open to suggestions, so please send me your ideas. The winning pseudonym will be announced following the meeting on Monday.