(The following article by Patricia Cohen appeared in The New York Times, June 23.)
Rethinking Gender Bias in Theater
When more than 160 playwrights and producers, most of them female, filed into a Midtown Manhattan theater Monday night, they expected to hear some concrete evidence that women who are authors have a tougher time getting their work staged than men.
And they did. But they also heard that women who are artistic directors and literary managers are the ones to blame.
That conclusion was just one surprising piece of a yearlong research project that both confirms and upends assumptions about bias in the playwriting business.
Two additional sites with coverage of this story:
The Hub Review: http://hubreview.blogspot.com/2009/06/update-on-emily-sandss-presentation.html
Off-Stage Right: http://www.off-stage-right.com/2009/06/emily-sands-opening-the-curtain-on-playwright-gender-complete-powerpoint-presentation.html