Lisa put together a fantastic handout about a snap shot of where the women are on and off stage from 2000 to the present. Yes, there are bright spots (go, stage managers!), but in the end, there's a need for change. But, you knew that already. Here is the handout: /uploads/2/5/1/6/25164243/watw_handout.docx
So, what do we do next?
Holly suggested embracing the multitasking (she called it multi=hyphenate) aspects of most women's creative careers in theater, and leaning in to the power of collaboration. Produce! Direct! Write! Act! Do all the things, and find/build your tribe, because we all know that no woman is an island. Theatre is a collaborative art, and we need each other.
Lisa mentioned gender flipping in casting, and being intentional about it. There are tons of theatres doing this interesting work especially with male dominated theatre classics.
I mentioned (as well as others) the need to start in the theatre education pipeline. Educating the next generation on what is available, whether it be female playwrights or female protagonists, has to start in the classroom. Biases can start and stop there. Some of those gender biases may be internal IN your female theatre students, and this investigative approach can begin a healing conversation about "our place" in the theatre.
Several of the workshop participants asked for information on female playwrights, and instead of listing all of those here, take a look at the list of the 46 most recommended plays by a female playwright here.
This is by no means an exhaustive account of what was discussed by the group, and this conversation hopefully will not stop with those in the room, or those gathering in other rooms all over our world. Let's keep it going, and even better, take action in some way where you are.