Off Broadway, Women Lag in Design Jobs


It is well known in the theater world that female playwrights are rarely produced on Broadway, and that female directors are doing only slightly better.

A new study suggests that beyond Broadway the picture is somewhat less dire. Last season 40 percent of the plays at leading Off Broadway and Off Off Broadway theaters were directed by women, and 29 percent were written by women.

But women’s progress varies widely when a broader range of theater jobs is considered. At the theaters studied women overwhelmingly dominated jobs as stage managers and costume designers. But men held the vast majority of jobs as designers of sets, lighting and sound.

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