Meeting the 50% Standard

We know strong women on stage when we see them but what about behind the scenes?

By Show-Score

The following theatrical productions were created and designed by teams composed of at least 50% female or transgender artists.

Parity Productions advocates for gender parity in theater. They created a Qualifying Productions Program to provide support for shows that meet a 50% hiring standard. [To learn more about the program and its requirements, click here.]


Show-Score has partnered with Parity to help keep you informed of shows that were created by teams featuring women or transgender artists as playwrights, designers, or directors.

See these shows and know that you're contributing to a broader range of voices in theater!


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An immersive theater experience that involves a hospital ward, the writings of Lewis Carroll, and just 15 audience members per show out in Brooklyn. Ages 21 and over only.

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'Then She Fell' is a fully immersive, multi-sensory experience in which a small audience explores a dreamscape where every alcove, corner, and corridor has been transformed into a lushly designed world. Inspired by the life and writings of Lewis Carroll, it offers an Alice-like experience for the audience. Audience members can explore the rooms, often by themselves, in order to discover hidden scenes, encounter performers one-on-one, unearth clues that illuminate a shrouded history, use skeleton keys to gain access to guarded secrets, and imbibe elixirs custom designed by one of NYC’s foremost mixologists.


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Through puppets and soaring music, this heartfelt and comic musical for families explores disability, kindness, and resilience.

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As Uno, a child with autism, faces the challenge of competing in his school's math competition, his friends with varying disabilities—ADHD, vision, hearing, and physical impairment—rally in support. Told with 'Avenue Q'-style puppets and heartfelt songs, it's an inspiring journey about the values of kindness, differences, and big dreams. Individuals with disabilities are so unseen and unheard across media, especially children's media. 'Addy & Uno' is giving a voice to kids who are different, and inspiring a new generation of kinder people. Based on the Realabilities Educational Comic Book Curriculum.


Harlem Rep presents Lorraine Hansberry's classic play about a working-class African-American family that faces financial salvation or personal ruin after receiving a substantial insurance payment.

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Set in Chicago's South Side, 'A Raisin in the Sun' revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis and matriarch Lena, called Mama. When her deceased husband’s money comes through, Mama dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama.


Inspired by the film of the same name, the Broadway musical 'Waitress' features songs by Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles.

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Jenna is a waitress and expert pie maker in a small town who dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life. Directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus.


MCC Theater's buoyant and biting hit comedy returns to New York. An exploration of the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe. How far would you go to be queen bee?

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Paulina, the reigning Queen Bee at Ghana's most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But the mid-year arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter – and Paulina’s hive-minded friends. Directed by Tony-winner Rebecca Taichman ('Indecent.')


For years a certain boy wizard went to Wizard School. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs...who just happened to be there too. A play for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.

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'Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic' is a Potter-inspired comedy for anyone who has ever felt like a secondary character in someone else’s story. The play gives you a fresh look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three new heroes just trying to make it through magic school. Alongside them are the Puffs, a group of well-meaning, loyal rejects with a thing for badgers. Their epic journey takes the classic story to new places and reimagines what a boy wizard hero can be.


A new musical that tells the story of African-American women through Top-40 music from the '30s through the '90s, including hits like "Oh, Happy Day," "Mama Said" and "I Will Survive."

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After a matriarch's death, the women in the family clean Grandma's attic and find love and old memories packed away. In the process, they share their stories through hit tunes, from the trials of the 1930s through the Girl Groups of the 1960s to the empowerment of the 1990s.


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Inspired by events from her father’s life and (short-lived) basketball career, playwright Lauren Yee ('The Hatmaker’s Wife') makes her Atlantic debut with this new cross-cultural drama.

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San Francisco, spring 1989. Manford Lum, locally renowned on the sidewalk basketball courts of Chinatown, talks his way onto a college team, just before they travel to Beijing for a “friendship” game. When they arrive, China is in the throes of the post-Cultural Revolution era, and Manford must juggle international politics and his own personal history.


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Repertorio Español's 50th season kicks off with the U.S. premiere of this 17th-century Spanish comedy, a parody of the erotic myth of Don Juan.

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A comedy of honor, Ana Caro Mallén de Soto's play criticizes the social customs of her era, notably the position of women. The play is considered especially remarkable in its uncommon depiction of its heroine, Leonor. In defiance of popular tradition, Leonor doesn't require the aid of a man, and her happy ending is one of her own making. Performed in Spanish with English subtitles via Simultext® In-Seat Captioning System. By request for matinee performances.


Lincoln Center presents this provocative mashup of 'Waiting for Godot' and the Exodus saga, which exposes the unquestionable human spirit of young black men who dream about a promised land they've yet to find.

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In 'Pass Over' Moses and Kitch stand around on the corner - talking smack, passing the time, and hoping that today a miracle will come. The film version of 'Pass Over,' directed by Spike Lee, will premiere at this winter’s Sundance Film Festival. 


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This new, soul-searching drama from Parity Productions and New Perspectives Theatre Company transports you from the New York City streets to Freddie’s, a Kentucky dive bar.

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Pull up a stool, and grab a drink. It's Nickel Beer Night at Freddie's Place. Ken has come to drown his sorrows, but no amount of alcohol can wash away the pain of his broken relationship with Levi, nor the secrets of his past.


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In INTAR Theatre's new drama, a New Orleans teacher must confront the clash between the life she has created with her long-term girlfriend and her career as a devoted teacher in a repressive Catholic school.

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As Abigail struggles to reconcile the two, she receives pressure from the school's shape-shifting, personified public address system and guidance from the figures of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Roosevelt's devoted friend and lover, Lorena Hickok.


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The Pocket Universe presents a new staging of the Jacobean revenge drama, set in present-day Hollywood.

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The production reimagines the tragedy as a story of two sisters - a now-female Melantius, film producer, and Evadne , actress - whose different attitudes about sex, fame, and honor collide in the wake of their studio-king's misconduct. Careers are jeopardized and lives are threatened, as everyone contends with one question: when the person in power robs you of yours, how far will you go to get it back?


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'The Inferno Project: Lust & Gluttony' is a two-part production with 8 new one-act plays on the themes of "lust" and "gluttony" inspired by Danté's 'Inferno.'

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'Gluttony' features the following short plays: 'Two and A Half Times' by Cate Allen, 'Hunger Shame' by Lori Goodman, 'Infinit-E' by Bill Leavengood, and 'Consumption' by Ed Valentine. 'Gluttony' will be performed in repertory with 'Lust.'


Project Y presents a world premiere drama about sexual violence, rape culture, and what it means to listen.  

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Jenna and Kate are best friends, until one drunken night when Kate ends up in the bathroom with Derek, the guy Jenna has a crush on. Afterwards, Kate says she was raped, while Derek claims it was consensual. Part of Project Y's 3rd annual Women in Theater Festival.


Ends Jun 24

Lust

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'The Inferno Project: Lust & Gluttony' is a two-part production with 8 new one-act plays on the themes of "lust" and "gluttony" inspired by Danté's 'Inferno.'

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'Lust' features the following short plays: 'You Too?' by Jan Jalenak, 'Palace of Secrets' by Jon Fraser, 'Wing Woman' by Emily Tetzlaff, Kimmarie Bowens, and Candice Owens, and '##Me/You' by C.P. Goutman. 'Lust' will be performed in repertory with 'Gluttony.'


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Set in Brooklyn in the post-Depression era, this new drama tells the story of an old Native woman, Nelly and her house, where she is surrounded by the detritus of the generations who came before her.

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At the time there was a thriving Native American community in the Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill neighborhoods. The area was home to ironworkers from Kahnawake (Mohawk Nation) who came to build the Manhattan’s skyscrapers, as well as fine artists and performers seeking opportunities after the collapse of the once-popular Wild West Shows and rodeos. People from the community moved freely from home to home, visiting, sharing food, and telling stories from their particular Nations. 'Fear of Oatmeal' explores the belief in prophecy and the way that the displacement of working class communities changes neighborhoods.


Previews start Jun 29

Straight White Men

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Obie Award winner Young Jean Lee takes her comic and ruthless look at the classic American father-son drama to Broadway, in a new production starring Armie Hammer and Tom Skerritt.

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It’s Christmas Eve, and Ed has gathered his three adult sons to celebrate with matching pajamas, trash-talking, and Chinese takeout. But when a question they can’t answer interrupts their holiday cheer, they are forced to confront their own identities. This is one white Christmas like you’ve never seen before. Directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro.


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This new play invites you to Mermaidland, Florida, the only place on earth where mermaids are real.

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An afternoon special starring Mermaid Bee, Mermaid Vana, and the newest princess of the deep, Mermaid Marie. Reawaken your childhood fantasies. Revel in the death-defying underwater dances. Soak in the impossible beauty. And please disregard the alligators. There is nothing to worry about. 

Part of the second annual Corkscrew Festival of new work.


Previews start Jul 12

The Blue Room

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The Bridge Production Group presents an intimate staging of David Hare's loose adaptation of 'La Ronde' - a series of vignettes that show how chance sexual encounters travel throughout class and power in society.

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The Bridge is transforming The WhiteBox Art Space on the Lower East Side, creating an immersive visual art instillation that will house performance salons – only forty audience members per performance.