Update: Boston’s Theatre Report Card

9 May

I’ve been so happy to see the conversation our last post instigated (or continued) on twitter, facebook, and in real life. Special shout-outs go to the #2amt and #newplay twitter streams, the commenters on this blog, and PwritesCom’s own Boston & New England Playwrights Facebook group for posing interesting questions, and suggesting further avenues of investigation.

Here’s what we’re planning next. Over the coming month, we’re going to revise & expand the companies we look at for the season report card, and we’ll be embarking on creating a 5 year bank of such reports for these companies. Our goal is to have this 5-year snapshot ready in time for the TCG and LMDA conferences this summer.

In the meantime, check out the work Gwydion Suilebhan has done with regards to assessing DC’s theatre scene. Or playwright Stephen Spotswood‘s assessment of his own work’s track record with diversity.

We’ll post more about our own progress here when we have things underway. Thanks for your continued interest in this work!

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One Response to “Update: Boston’s Theatre Report Card”

  1. masonsand May 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    Ilana,
    This is a great idea – a much needed birds-eye-view of the current scene. Sadly, the outcome of your research is not surprising to me, given what I assume to be the ethnographic / gender makeup of the people doing the programming at the theatres here in Boston. I think that would be a natural – and very telling – add-on to this study: a demographic survey of the key staff and programmatic decision makers for theatres in the city. Also related, I think, is the diversity (or lack thereof) of the critical and educational networks for theatre here. Thank you for doing this important work!

    Best,
    Mason

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