Study: Nonprofit Theaters Have a Woman Problem Too
Women and Hollywood, July 6, 2017
By Rachel Montpelier
Women and people of color face a glass ceiling on the path to leadership in non-profit American theaters. These were the findings of a recently completed study by the Wellesley Centers for Women, commissioned by the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, and funded by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, the Valentine Foundation, and private donors. According to the study authors, WCW's Sumru Erkut, Ph.D., and Ineke Ceder, "Board search committees are less frequently willing to trust that women have what it takes to run arts organizations.” For both women and people of color, they said, "They can achieve ‘Next In Line’ positions, but cannot reach Artistic and Executive Director positions as frequently as white men." The Women and Hollywood blog recently spotlighted this research.