BUFFALO, N.Y.: The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) announced the winners of the 2015 50/50 Applause Awards on Monday. The awards recognized more than 60 theatres that programmed at least 50 percent of the productions in their 2014–15 seasons with works by female playwrights. Nine countries are represented in the list of recipients, and one-third of recognized theatres have received Applause Awards in previous years.
In spite of recent efforts toward gender parity in the theatre, works by female playwrights make up less than 25 percent of international productions, according to the ICWP. In the United States, only 22 percent of plays produced between 2011 and 2014 were written by women, up from 18 percent in 2009.
More information about the 50/50 Applause Awards, including a complete list of recipients, can be found here.