Stellar Quines to challenge gender imbalance backstage in the performing arts
- Deborah Chu
- 8 February 2019
Feminist theatre-making organisation launches new artist development opportunities for women building careers in creative design
Feminist theatre company Stellar Quines has launched a new initiative dedicated to helping women gain experience in technical roles in the performing arts industry. This three-year scheme, titled M*****classes, will provide hands-on experience, networking and mentorship opportunities for women looking to upskill or diversify their CVs with creative technical know-how.
In 2016, Christine Hamilton Consulting released a report titled 'Where Are the Women? Analysis of Creative Roles by Gender in Scottish Theatre'. Of the various sectors they examined, technical jobs revealed the most damning gender discrepancy: only 6% of lighting designers and 11% of composers, musical directors and sound directors in publicly funded theatre identified as women.
Designed in response to the report, Stellar Quines is now stepping up to the plate to challenge this imbalance and definitively change the performing arts landscape. Their M*****classes programme is an open call for women with experience in the music field who are willing to cross over into the world of theatre. Ideal candidates include musicians, composers, sound engineers and designers with little to no experience in theatre.