Since 2014, Gilli-Bush-Bailey and I have been researching Tonic Theatre’s Advance Programme, which works with leading arts organisations to examine the causes of gender imbalance and supports them to find ways of ‘making aspirations for equality a reality’ and to address the inequalities. In 2015 Lisa Woynarski joined our research team and together we have considered, debated and celebrated the discussions and huge enthusiasm for change expressed by all the companies who formed part of the 2014 and 2016 cohorts.

Throughout both processes, run by Lucy Kerbel and Vicky Long, we have been witness to companies delving into how their organisation works and reflecting on how they can bring about and support better gender equality into their work, be it to consider how they can increase the diversity of women they employ (Clean Break), to examine what factors need to be in place to employ a gender balance of actors (Sheffield Theatres) or exploring where are all the female opera librettists (Mahogany Opera Group). …


Dr Katharine Low

theatre practitioner, researcher & senior lecturer @CSSDLondon interested in health, South Africa, engaging & provocative theatre. trustee of @LAHFArtsHealth

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