As a result of the diligent work of the Gender Parity Advisory Committee, and in response to a field-wide movement to recognize theatres that exemplify gender parity in their work, TBA's "What's Playing" listings now highlight Bay Area theatrical productions that observe gender parity.
Listings for theatre productions that meet the GP criteria listed below will display an easy-to-spot Gender Parity flag (see image at right). We feel that this will provide a valuable service to both theatregoers who want to see and support women artists and theatre companies that deserve recognition in this area.
Theatre productions displaying the Gender Parity flag on "What's Playing" must meet two of the following 4 criteria:
Writer: 50% or more of writers are female or female-identified. This category includes a production's playwright, composer, lyricist, translator, adaptor, librettist, source author.
Director: 50% or more of directors are female or female-identified. This category includes a production's director, music director, choreographer.
Design team: 50% or more of design team are female or female-identified. This category includes a production's costume designer, set designer, lighting designer, props designer, sound designer, specialties designers (mask/wig/makeup/effects/projections), fight choreographer
Performers: 50% or more of performers are female or female-identified. This category includes a production's actors, dancers, musicians, singers.
AEA: In addition, if the company employs members of Actors’ Equity/AEA, 50% or more of AEA contracts go to performers who are female or female identified.
The Gender Parity flag can be set by producers at the time they enter their show listings, or can be set by Theatre Bay Area's listings editor at the request of individuals posting qualifying productions.