Gender Equality & Diversity in European Theatres – ETC Study

On 8 March 2021, International Women’s Day, ETC published a major study on gender equality and diversity that covered theatres in 22 countries, 4000 theatre employees, and an analysis of 650 performances.

KEY FINDINGS:

– Women were found to have less secure contract situations than men and be “less present at the top of the hierarchy”

– Results found a “noteworthy” absence of people from minority backgrounds in staff at ETC member theatres

– Men are more visible than women in theatre programmes and dominate the “prestigious positions” of playwright, director and technical staff, while women held 70+% of the positions of “costumes” and “hairdressing”

– “Remarkable” gender impact of decision makers in theatre revealed: “Female authors and directors demonstrate a clear trend towards gender equality compared to their male colleagues, who are in the majority and who make men more visible.”


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