Read This: Rethinking Gender Bias in Theater

June 29, 2009 § 1 Comment

There’s a really interesting article in the New York Times on gender bias in theater. As somewhat of a theater geek myself, I was intrigued by the title: Theater Has a Gender Bias? Do Tell.

The article, written by Patricia Cohen, covers the reaserch done by economist Emily Glassberg Sands of Princeton.

The findings are sure to spur debates within the theater community. Representatives from about a dozen New York theater companies, including the Public Theater and Lincoln Center Theater, attended. Many women in the industry have argued that a rise in the number of female artistic directors would lead to more productions of works written by women, but the study calls that claim into question.

It was a really thought-provoking article, but also hard to swallow. I feel like I need to read it a couple more times before it fully sinks in. But it’s a good read — defnitely go read this.


§ One Response to Read This: Rethinking Gender Bias in Theater

  • E.G. says:

    I spent a year and half majoring in theatre at a women’s college, and we frequently discussed new works written, directed, and produced by women–or the lack thereof. Some parts of the experience were wonderful, such as the playwriting festivals my school hosted, but at the same time many of my classmates contiued to perpetuate the sexist and sizeist views that make the theatre world a more difficult place for women.

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