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League of Professional Theatre Women Releases Report on Female Theater Employment

Read the findings from the new study.

Martyna Majok was one of the report's female playwrights who had three or more productions during the last five seasons.
(© Tricia Baron)

The League of Professional Theatre Women has released its fourth in a series of reports about the status of employed women in theater across the New York City theater scene.

The report, authored by Martha Wade Steketee with Judy Binus, analyzes employment in 13 professional roles in 515 off- and off-off-Broadway productions by 22 companies for five complete seasons, to show where women are and are not being hired.

Findings from the report include:

Ten companies produced 50 percent or more women playwrights in their 2017-18 off-Broadway seasons, including Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, and Soho Rep.

Three companies produced no women playwrights in their 2017-18 off-Broadway seasons: Classic Stage Company, Keen Company, and the New Group.

Four companies had no women directors in the 2017-18 study season: Classic Stage Company, Keen Company, the Mint Theatre Company, and the New Group.

Thirteen women playwrights had three or more productions during the last five seasons, including Anna Ziegler, Halley Feiffer, Lindsey Ferrentino, Martyna Majok, Sarah Ruhl, and Suzan-Lori Parks.

Eleven women directors had five or more directing credits during the last five seasons, including Anne Kauffman, Leigh Silverman, Liesl Tommy, Lila Neugebauer, and Rebecca Taichman.

The complete report can be found by clicking here.

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