Tag Archives: discrimination

Are Pixels Really that Precious?

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American Theatre:  80 writers protest – in writing, of course – the NY Times decision to cut designer and stage manager credits from play reviews.  Perhaps space is at a premium in a print edition but the Internet is not print media.  Full text of the letter is included in the article.

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Special Section in American Theatre Magazine covers Artists with Disabilities

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The November 2015 issue of American Theatre Magazine includes a special section covering theater artists with disabilities and associated topics: Deaf and disabled theatre artists have been claiming a place on American stages for their stories and their bodies for some time now. The larger field is—perhaps too slowly, if not too late—recognizing these as the newest fronts in representing full human diversity onstage.

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Jennifer Lawrence: Why Do These Dudes Make More Than Me?

Jennifer Lawrence, wage gap, women

Lenny Letters: “It’s hard for me to speak about my experience as a working woman because I can safely say my problems aren’t exactly relatable. When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks , I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself.”  ~Jennifer Lawrence

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What Lies Beneath: The Truth About Unconscious Bias

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AMERICAN THEATRE – Do men write better plays than women? We think we know that’s not true. So why does the disparity persist?  What is the truth about unconscious bias?  http://bit.ly/1LLF0Sg

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Keep Your Hands Off of My Kimono, White People

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AMERICAN THEATRE: On Monday, the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players announced they would mount a production of The Mikado at the NYU Skirball Center next January with an almost all-white cast, using Japanese backdrops, props, clothing, and wigs. Following playwright Leah Nanako Winkler’s perceptive blog post about the show, the hashtag #saynotoMikado was created. It was only last year that Seattle’s Gilbert & Sullivan ...

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Glenda Jackson Laments Lack of Key Acting Roles for Women

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The Guardian: Five months after standing down from her Hampstead and Kilburn constituency, Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson is acting again, featuring in a radio adaptation of the 20-volume cycle Les Rougon-Macquart by Émile Zola. But the former Labour MP’s reaquaintance with the industry has left her profoundly unimpressed with the dearth of roles for older women and an absence of lead roles for female ...

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Sienna Miller Quits Play After Being Offered Half the Wage of Her Male Co-star

Sienna Miller, Cabaret, Broadway, wage, gender equality

Stylist Magazine: Sienna Miller has revealed that she refused the Broadway role of Sally Bowles in Cabaret in New York when she discovered she was offered only half the wage salary of her male co-star.  The issue of gender inequality among actors has been a hot topic of late, as many have come out to whistle blow the sexism they encounter on a regular basis ...

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Theater Needs To Pay A Lot More Attention To Female Playwrights

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Huffington Post: The gender gap pervades every industry and measurable statistic of modern life, except maybe roundups of gynecology patients. The theater is one of our worst examples. While festivals like Fringe work to include a wider range of female voices, overall far too little progress has been made in terms of gender parity. And according to a study from the U.K., we’ve only made around one ...

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