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Women in Theatre

Women in Theatre

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This report was commissioned in July 2011 by the Australia Council for the Arts commissioned to bring the research on the issue of women in creative leadership in Australia up to the present day, and provide a basis for the sector to discuss these issues and to reach agreement on some strategies to address the situation. It gathers together quantitative and qualitative information on the continuing gender disparities, and attempts to identify structural barriers and potential levers for addressing entrenched inequalities.

After concerted policy and strategy interventions in the 1980s through to the mid-1990s, the issue of gender equality in creative leadership in the theatre sector largely fell off the policy agenda until December 2009, when a media storm erupted and created momentum for change in the form of new networks, events and debates.

Quantitative analysis of data held by Ausstage is presented for the Major Performing Arts Companies and for the Theatre Board Key Organisations (Multi]year). There is significant variability in the representation of women as playwrights/writers and as directors from year to year, with a pattern of egood yearsf and ebad yearsf for women. In the MPA companies only 30%-40% of productions have a woman in a creative leadership role, with this proportion dipping below 30% in both 2008 and 2010.
This report was commissioned in July 2011 by the Australia Council for the Arts commissioned to bring the research on the issue of women in creative leadership in Australia up to the present day, and provide a basis for the sector to discuss these issues and to reach agreement on some strategies to address the situation. It gathers together quantitative and qualitative information on the continuing gender disparities, and attempts to identify structural barriers and potential levers for addressing entrenched inequalities.

After concerted policy and strategy interventions in the 1980s through to the mid-1990s, the issue of gender equality in creative leadership in the theatre sector largely fell off the policy agenda until December 2009, when a media storm erupted and created momentum for change in the form of new networks, events and debates.

Quantitative analysis of data held by Ausstage is presented for the Major Performing Arts Companies and for the Theatre Board Key Organisations (Multi]year). There is significant variability in the representation of women as playwrights/writers and as directors from year to year, with a pattern of egood yearsf and ebad yearsf for women. In the MPA companies only 30%-40% of productions have a woman in a creative leadership role, with this proportion dipping below 30% in both 2008 and 2010.

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Published by: Australia Council for the Arts on Apr 23, 2012
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Women in theatre
 Published by: Australia Council 2012Copyright: © Australia Council for the ArtsThis work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part maybe reproduced by any process without prior written permission from the Australia Council.Requests and enquiries concerning reproduction and rights should be addressed to:Marketing and Audience Development, Australia Council for the Arts, 372 Elizabeth Street, SurryHills NSW 2010 AustraliaEmail: comms@australiacouncil.gov.auPhone: +61 (0)2 9215 9000 Toll Free 1800 226 912Fax: +61 (0)2 9215 9074http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au
 
 
Women in theatre
 Assoc Prof Elaine LallyCreative Practices and Cultural EconomyFaculty of Arts and Social Sciencesin consultation withProf Sarah MillerFaculty of Creative ArtsUniversity of Wollongong

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