I’ve spent a lot of time the past couple weeks writing about my feelings. I’ve spent a lot of time talking about the things that I’m trying to do to make Philadelphia a more equal place for artists who are women.
Today, instead, I’m asking you to do something.
Take a look at the websites of your favorite performance companies. See what seasons they have lined up. Or see if they haven’t announced them yet.
And for ones that are still undecided, and ESPECIALLY for ones that have announced seasons with imbalance toward men, send a quick email to the Artistic Director, Managing Director, and head of their board.
Tell them you are their audience base.
Tell them you want to see women employed by their company.
Tell them it matters to you that this happens.
You can do this today. It might take you 15 minutes It could change an entire year of programming. That’s how powerful your voice could be.
And if you aren’t feeling creative, I’ll even give something badass and awesome to cut and paste into an email:
“Dear _______ Theater Co/Ensemble/Theatre/Whatever,
I love your work.
I also love female art makers.
And I’d really love to love both of those things at the same time.
I want you to know, because of how much I care about your company, that I’m concerned about the inequity of representation for women artists in next year’s theater season. As a member of your audience base, I’m letting you know that one of the ways I will make choices about what I will or won’t see will be based on whether I see women getting the space on stages they deserve.
I care about seeing female characters. I care about hearing female voices. I want to see women in directing and design positions. And because I want to believe you want this to, I’m reaching out.
I’m asking you, as an audience member, as a fan, and as part of the community your mission seeks to serve, to please look long and hard about the work you’re bringing me next year and make sure that gender parity – for playwrights, for designers, for directors and actors – is a priority in the work you present.
Because I know it is for me.
And I hope you make me proud.”
Steal, change it, do whatever you want, just DO it. Right now, this very moment, you could make a difference.