Email ABC Arts By Jane Howard Updated April 13, 2019 10:30:25 Map: Australia In 2019, women will make up 47 per cent of playwrights and 58 per cent of directors on our mainstages — a radical turn around from just a decade ago. Photo: Sydney Theatre Company’s 2018 production of Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls was directed by then-Resident Director Imara Savage. (Supplied: STC/Brett Boardman) In 2009, director Neil Armfield stood on the stage at Sydney’s Belvoir St Theatre and announced, for his swansong season as artistic director of the company he co-founded, a season of shows almost exclusively written and directed by men.It was a moment that prompted considerable scrutiny of industry-wide gender disparity.In that year, at the eight best-funded Australian theatre companies — members of the Major Performing Arts Group (MPAG) — just 24 per cent of plays were written by women, and 24 per cent were directed by women. A staggering 86 per cent of productions had at least one man as writer or director.But in the decade since, something remarkable has happened. The balance has shifted.In 2019, women will make up 47 per cent of playwrights and 58 per cent of directors at MPAG theatre companies. And,… Read full this story
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