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From 2018 – 2019, Sphinx worked with academic and playwright Jennifer Tuckett at the University of Cambridge on a major new research project into Women in Theatre.
This activity took place alongside work by the December Group, a new group of women in theatre, who have been meeting with Arts Council England over the last year to advocate for gender equality in theatre.
The December Group includes:
This mixed methods research project is made up of 4 reports:
What Share of The Cake, the Quantitative Report
Report Two – Women Centre Stage Symposium, based on the 2019 Women Centre Stage Hampstead Theatre Symposium
Report Three – Interviews, a Qualitative Report drawing on 10 interviews with NPO Artistic Directors
Research Report 4 – Recommendations, the Recommendations Report
Sue Parrish, Artistic Director of Sphinx Theatre, said: ““We are in a new era and we look towards a redrawing of the cultural landscape”.
Jennifer Tuckett, academic, playwright and Director of University Women in the Arts, said: “Over the last year we’ve been working on this mixed methods research project on Women in Theatre. Coming from a single parent family, I know how hard it can be to feel you can be part of the arts and it has been brilliant to see the success of University Women in the Arts’ mentees like Titilola Dawudu (“Hear Me Now” forthcoming at Theatre 503) and Samia Djilli (assistant producer, Tamasha). We hope this research and forthcoming conference will help lead to more concrete action to address gender inequality in theatre. Research from Australia has shown the impact specific initiatives for women can have and participants in our research project unanimously asked for specific initiatives, funding and concrete action and for everyone to work together to make lasting change”.