REGIONAL WOMEN LEAD:
We propose a grassroots approach. We believe that Regional urgency is the stimulation needed and that in our leadership, we will provide action impacting all women in theatre. Regional Women Lead will provide multi-layered opportunities for Women to tell their stories, including grassroots story collection and conversation cafés to Master Classes led by Governor-General Award-winning women playwrights. Mentorships will also be provided in playwriting, producing, directing and design. All activities will be led by nationally recognized theatre professionals who grew up in Regional centres themselves.
That study, The status of women in the Canadian arts and cultural industries: Research review 2010-18, provides insight into the status of women in the arts in Canada. Research shows a pervasive gender-based income gap across all six sectors under review (visual arts, dance, theatre, literature, music and media arts/screen.) Overall, women’s average incomes are lower than those of their male peers – a defining feature of work in the Canadian arts and cultural industries.
In fact, the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s Annual Theatre Production Survey (2017-18) stated that of 961 productions in the 2017/18 season, 60% were written by men, 30% by women, and 9% by mixed gender partnerships.
Regional Women Lead will stimulate more jobs for women theatre workers and more representative voice for women in Canadian culture. While professional women theatre workers will be the primary beneficiaries of this pilot, more representative work on all our stages and in the Canon will result in fuller more resonant Canadian culture. Representation and inclusion are innovation. It breeds possibility and spurs potential and progress.
“Our stories are vital, delightful and need to be heard. Regional Women Lead will make this happen.” ~ Lisa O’Connell