Best and worst companies for gender parity

While balance is improving across the sector, some theatre companies still have overwhelmingly male dominated repertoire.
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Publicity image for Black Swan’s 2017 production of Lally Katz’s The Eisteddfod via www.bsstc.com.au.

The annual survey of Australia’s 10 largest theatre companies conducted by the Australian Writers’ Guild surveys what proportion of plays produced by the majors are Australian and the balance of male and female playwrights in the Australian works produced.

This year’s survey found more Australian plays will be staged in 2017 but gender parity has barely progressed.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts