Counting Together Launches Website to Track Data on Equity and Diversity in the Theater Industry

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Counting Together, a coalition of theater artists, industry workers and performing arts organizations engaged in separate and long-term studies of race, gender and disability, has launched a new resource in line to provide free access to data and statistics in these areas. CountEnsemble.com is hosted by the Dramatists Guild and the American Theater Wing and hosted by Todd London, Director of Field Engagement for the Guild, and Luis Castro, Advisor for the American Theater Wing.

The coalition aims to identify pathways towards greater equity and inclusion within the theater industry and is currently made up of 15 separate projects. Users can search for equity, inclusion and access statistics through a number of filters, including artistic discipline, economic sector, and location. The data itself comes from actors, designers, playwrights, composers, educators, students, and arts administrators across the country.

In addition to the Guild and ATW, Counting Together partners include the Asian American Performers Action Coalition; Demographics of the Baltimore Theater by Brent Englar; Bay Area Theater Accountability Working Group; The countdown; The Lilies; “The Count” for liberal arts colleges, Davidson College; Gwydion Suilebhan, Olivia Haller and TheaterWashington; Derek Miller, Historical Perspectives; The Living Document of BIPOC Experiences; Maestra Music; Porsche McGovern, which designs and directs in LORT theaters by Pronoun; Disabled Performers Monitoring Report, Anita Hollander; The Sol project; Society of Directors and Choreographers; Theater Development Fund; Theater manufacturers of color requirements; and women matter.

Counting Together was formed in early 2019, although many participants have been researching on their own for a decade or more. With the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement in spring 2020, the coalition was expanded to include new artist-led initiatives collecting evidence of racism in the profession and / or taking action to bring about change on a local or local basis. national.

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