2/16/2021

From Parity Productions: a couple of changes


Parity Productions is in the midst of some changes.

If you've been on our website lately, you may have noticed one or two of them. There are more on the way, but here's what we can share for now.

One—We have a new mission statement:


Parity Productions 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
  • Provide opportunities for underrepresented voices to work in theatre
This new mission statement gets to the heart of what we do simply and clearly, and reflects our gender language shift—from the term trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) to gender-expansive.

Which leads us to...
Two—Our artists database has a new name:

The Women and TGNC Artists Database is now The Parity Database. Same party, new nametag.

The Parity Database is a free online resource we provide to the NYC theatre industry to create visibility for women, trans, and gender-expansive artists and provide easy access to them for artistic leaders who seek to create more equitable hiring practices for creative teams, with a goal of New York City productions meeting our 50% gender parity hiring standard. And because we intend to lead by example, we hire artists to all our own creative team positions through Database profiles.

We're also actively adding Parity Database profiles during the COVID-19 theatrical shutdown, as a way Parity can support the New York artists who continue to create and make the performing arts accessible through even the most challenging periods, and to best champion these artists when live theatre returns. Artists interested in having a free profile in the database can complete this form at theparitydatabase.org.

If you have any questions or feedback about these changes, please feel free to email us at info@parityproductions.org.

Best,

The Parity Productions Team

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