Whose plays are being done, who is directing them, and how many women are being hired for theatrical off-stage roles in New York’s theatres beyond Broadway? The Women Count report series has published analyses of production credits to assess these questions of gender parity in theater hiring decisions since 2014. The goal of the report series is to change the conversation from anecdotes to advocacy on behalf of women playwrights, performers, and off-stage theatre workers.
Judith Binus began in 2012 to collect production credits major Off-Broadway theatre companies from on-line sources, with an interest in using the data in conversations with theatre artistic directors and staff members to consider ways to promote hiring parity in Off Broadway theatres. Martha Wade Steketee joined the data collection effort in 2013, coordinates with Binus to update and augment the source data base and has written each Women Count report. The Women Count report series and its media coverage has become part of the national conversation on gender parity in theatre.
The February 2018 Women Count report covers hiring trends in 13 categories (including playwrights, directors, designers, stage managers), 23 theatre companies, seven seasons (2010-2011 through 2016- 2017), and nearly 700 productions.
2018 Women Count Report
October 2015 Report