Lisa K. Bryant, Producing Artistic Director at Flat Rock Playhouse, shares inspiration for her theatre's new "Be a SHERO" campaign.
As Flat Rock Playhouse (FRP)’s fourth Artistic Director, and one who began on the boards as a student-actress over 20 years ago, my greatest takeaway then, as now, is the Farquhar's legacy of love that launched the Playhouse 80 years ago. And, as I am tasked now to successfully launch the Playhouse into the next 80 years, it is the mission and collective vision of all of us Vagabonds to preserve this legacy of love for anyone who comes through our doors.
I’m proud to lead an amazing staff of women and men. All of them smart, creative, dedicated, and without question exceptionally good looking. But most importantly, all of them committed to working as a team to make sure that we remain a home away from home for Vagabonds anywhere who simply want to do what they were born to do. Make art and Entertain! Together.
As we brainstormed and researched this year about how we wanted to approach our fundraising efforts we realized something pretty remarkable. What we saw is that Flat Rock Playhouse is an organization where women lead the way. At FRP, we are shattering all national statistics for women leading in the arts. We are a team of women AND men, championing opportunities for women in an industry that otherwise lags significantly behind in its efforts to change the status quo.
THEATRE INDUSTRY STATISTICS
Women have never held more than 27% of leadership positions in American non-profit theatre.
Women make up only 14.6% of Executive Officers, though they hold almost 52% of all professional-level jobs.
There were only 15 women who served as artistic directors, or held the combined Artistic Director/CEO position in the 74 LORT theatres in 2013.
33% of Directors are Female.
22-36% of Set Designers are Female.
8-16% of Lighting Designers are Female.
14-22% of Sound Designers are Female.
61-79% of Costume Designers are Female.
Women make up 12.3% of U.S. Corporate Boards & hold around 19% of Board Seats.
The power of women uniting is not a new concept. In fact, it’s because we know how much good can come from women leaning in to affect positive change that we are seeking support from our fellow artistic community and Vagabonds everywhere! Further, Flat Rock Playhouse is partnering with United Way’s Women United, Pardee Hospital’s Women Helping Women, and BreastCancer.org to increase awareness. A percentage of all "Be a SHERO" donations will go directly to these nonprofits, who are making great strides to empower women in the their communities and support women in the ARTS!
FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE STATISTICS
- 1st Female Producing Artistic Director in 80 year history, making FRP one of the few U.S. professional theatres being led by a Female Executive Officer.
- 52% of Total Staff are Women:
- Females make up 48% of Full-Time Staff
- Females make up 59% of Seasonal Staff
- In 2017, 78% of Main Stage Shows will be directed by Female Directors
- 63% of 2017 Season will be choreographed by women
- 5 out of 8 female-choreographed productions
- Females hold 48% of production (lighting, sound, scene shop, costumes, etc.) positions.
- Females hold 62% of Administrative Positions
- Female Board President leading a 30% female Board
From the mountains of North Carolina, we offer our best wishes to every artist out there working to make a difference in your communities and for following your passion!
You can donate $5 to Flat Rock Playhouse's campaign by texting the word SHERO to 20222. And to learn more about "Be a SHERO," visit the Flat Rock Playhouse website.