The question of why there is gender disparity in the field of theatre design continues to be an issue that has been widely debated in the field of theatre; scholars such as Tish Dace argue that workplace environments and family support are two of the main reason women leave the field of design. However, there are works, articles, arguments and perspectives that have not been adequately addressed regarding why the issue of why gender disparity in theatrical design still exists. My thesis addresses the issue of gender disparity in theatre design with special attention to the underlying issues that exists. Specifically, in my project, I will be looking at the history of women in the workforce, and women in theatrical design in order to show the severity of gender disparity that still exists in theater design. I will discuss harassment and gender discrimination and juxtapose them against growth and job security of women in theatre design. I argue that gender disparity in theater design fields still exists today, preventing women from growing and maintaining a job in this field. In conclusion, this project closely examines gender disparity of Women in theater design, shedding new light on this issue and acknowledging the effects it has on the industry of theatre, while also, presenting some viable solutions to this very important issue.
Edmonson, Chloë Rae
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
Valesky, Madison M., "Gender Disparity of Women in Theatre Design" (2020). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 769.