NEW YORK: Parity Productions has renamed their database of New York theatre artists the Parity Database, reflecting a shift to language that goes beyond the binary model of gender. Previously called the Women and TGNC Artists Database, it is a free online resource designed to create visibility for women, trans, and gender-expansive artists in the New York theatre community.
The change comes with a rewording of Parity’s mission statement, which now states that the company “promotes parity by empowering women, trans, and gender-expansive artists in theatre. In fulfilling our mission, we: Commission and develop original plays; produce and promote the work of playwrights, directors, and designers; and provide opportunities for underrepresented voices to work in theatre.”
“This new mission statement has come out of a very in-depth process of conversation and review with our Board,” said founder and artistic director Ludovica Villar-Hauser in a statement. “We feel it gets quite succinctly to the heart of what we do, and we’re beyond pleased to share it with the industry.”
Parity is actively adding artists to the Parity Database during the COVID-19 theatre shutdown to continue supporting New York artists. Artists who are interested in having a free profile in the database can complete this form.
Parity Productions is committed to developing and producing new work and filling a minimum of 50 percent of creative roles with women, trans, and gender-expansive artists.
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