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Gender and Canadian Theatre
Who is represented and how?
Adding it up: The Status of women in Canadian Theatre
In the Canadian theatre industry, key positions of creativity and authority are primarily
male dominated. Women currently account for
33% of the artistic directors
34% of the working directors and
27% of produced playwrights
Men are particularly hired as Ads, directors and playwrights in greater numbers than
women at the larger, more established theatres, whereas women are found in greater
numbers at smaller theatre venues.
While women constitute one-third of the nation’s artistic directors, people
With 1,945 productions staged by 113 companies between 2000/01 &2005
New Wine in Old Bottles?
Feminist companies founded to create institutional structures open to women’s work
Themes of concern to Women
Forms that could convey women’s concerns
Decision making structures allowed exploration
Companies get formed because they feel the decision making structures do not allow
their concerns to be explored (there’s no time for them)
Themes in early Feminist work
Women’s history and heroines
The true story of Ida Johnson
The personal as political
1 This is for you, Anna
La Nef des Sorcieres (A clash of Symbols)
February 3 , 2010
A lot of early work took place in Monologues
Initial work was about one woman’s point of view
Knight wood article Perhaps it is true that we don’t have good women play wrights?
Women need to have access to theatres in order to develop good play wrights.
More problematic for women trying to get into play writing.
Non-linear theatrical styles
Role as women was sometimes constrained by a particular kind of narrative
Sweet virgin or not very nice whore
Narratives are set up around the fallen woman.
A way to try and get out of this was to avoid this kind of narrative
There are multiple points of views
Ultimately; that the notion of v