Howard Sherman: American theatre bosses are playing musical chairs. Let’s widen the pool of leaders
The Stage, August 11, 2017
By Howard Sherman
In an op-ed for The Stage, Howard Sherman references findings from a 2013 Wellesley Centers for Women study on leadership diversity (or lack of it) in American theater. The study found that when boards of directors are selecting theater leaders, implicit biases can lead them to overestimate the skills of white men while underestimating the skills of women and minorities. This and other factors have lead to few women and people of color in positions of leadership at American nonprofit theater. In this op-ed, Sherman calls on boards of directors to help change this by keeping diversity in mind when selecting theater leaders.