never held more than 27 percent of leadership positions in American
nonprofit resident theater, yet they are well represented in positions
just below leadership. To understand
why that is, the Wellesley Centers for Women partnered with the American
Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco, CA.
this study, WCW scholars Sumru Erkut, Ph.D. and Ineke Ceder discovered
that while women are poorly represented in the top levels of theater
leadership, people of color are hardly represented at all. This month,
they released their final report from this study, which found that both
women and people of color face bias from selection committees on their
pathways to leadership.
Watch our interview with Ineke Ceder for an overview of their findings or visit our website
to read the executive summary, the full report, and the recommendations
Erkut and Ceder have for both the professionals that aspire to theater
leadership and the selection committee members that will choose the next
generation of theater leaders.