American Theatre’s Leadership Vacuum: Who Will Fill It?
American Theatre, August 31, 2017
By John Moore
"The leadership of the American theatre is at a crossroads like it hasn’t seen since the birth of the regional movement in the 1960s," writes John Moore in American Theater. Across the country, leadership positions in this field are turning over and the folks who take over will play a large role in its future. However, a 2015 study by the Wellesley Centers for Women uncovered obstacles to leadership for women and people of color in the nonprofit theater industry. The report attributed board selection committees as contributors to these obstacles. In their research, WCW scholars found that members of selection committees were overestimating the skills and experiences of white men while underestimating the skills and experiences of women and people of color. So, as boards begin selecting the future leaders of theater, will they make a point to overcome inherent biases and keep diversity in mind?