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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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.


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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.


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.


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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.


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.


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.


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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.


Writer and performer Eliza Bent uses a home movie as a jumping off point to lead audiences on a journey that grapples with personal history, legacy, and cultural appropriation.

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In 1996, a young Eliza Bent, along with a friend, created, directed, and starred in an amateur historical film for a school project. In it, Bent portrayed Hawaii’s last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani. 22 years later, Bent reexamines the movie in this solo exploration full of humorous cringe-inducing stories which chart a young Bostonian’s education in race and appropriation.


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This drama examines the patchwork families which were formed during the AIDS crisis, when friends and co-workers became brothers and mothers, stepping into the holes that their family members left.

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When Joan meets John, an unlikely friendship blossoms between them. Seeing he's alone, she invites him into her home. John has been abandoned by his partner and family--in addition to finding solace in Joan--he forms friendships with her daughter and Tom, the janitor at the hospital, as he races to finish a masterpiece and to heal the broken pieces of his heart before he dies.


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Soho Playhouse presents this raucous all-female comedy troupe, which offers an unflinching and outrageous look at America today.

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Broad Comedy has been producing snarky, provocative, and lovable comedy and musical-satire since 2001. Internationally touring, and with YouTube hits reaching in the millions, 'Broad Comedy' is intended for a mature audience — 18-and-over only. And you might not want to bring your conservative mother-in-law.


'Verzet Amsterdam' [Resistance Amsterdam] dramatizes the true story of the valiant Dutch artists in World War II occupied Amsterdam who banded together to resist fascism and protect Jews from death.

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They came from differing artistic careers, races, religions, and sexual identities. When their first efforts faced exposure, they decided on a more drastic and decisive action. Cellist Frieda Belinfante, poet Willi Arondeus, composer Jan Van Gilse, sculptor Gerrit Van Der Veen, museum curator Willem Sandberg and Surinamese Dutch activist Anton de Kom risked their lives to save their Jewish neighbors. 


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The great Baroque painters Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi confess their sins to a heavenly priest in purgatory.

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Gentileschi recounts her notorious rape and torture in order to reclaim her legacy and fully illuminate her brilliant life and art. Caravaggio, confused after his own brutal and untimely death, is searching for forgiveness -- or possibly something deeper.


Previews start Apr 24

Assembled Identity

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What makes a human authentic? Is it their genome sequence? Their life experience? Twin sisters discover they are clones and embark on an unexpected journey, confronting their own authenticity.

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Exploring ethnic ambiguity, race, and identity, as well as genomics and eugenics, this duet uses original and found text, live cinematography, and contemporary music to explore the science of identity formation and who has the authority to define it.


In Corbin Went's new drama, the Civil War is over, but the scabs it left still itch.

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A fox stalks the clearing behind the Auberts home, hunting chickens. A love triangle goes horribly wrong, and a family is destroyed. The pieces cannot be put back together: the survivors must build something new. In the absence of God, community, morality, on the edge of the woods that ring with the devil's whistle, two sisters must embrace the power of renouncing everything.


Previews start Apr 27

Danger Signals

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New Ohio Theatre and Built For Collapse present a searing exploration of traumatic brain injuries, the medical history of lobotomies, and western culture’s insatiable desire to control and colonize.

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A unique collaboration between the award-winning New York based theater company Built for Collapse, led by Iranian-American director Sanaz Ghajar, British playwright Nina Segal, and pop musician Jen Goma. A multi-disciplinary fantasia that questions the cost of ambition. 


This dramatic and sometimes humorous play centers around six colorful characters in the wake of an incident that changes all their lives forever.

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Embrace your past or your future will haunt you. Rainey Grander has just received news of a life changing event, and when old friendships and new relationships collide in the present day, the course of everyone's fate will be determined by their ability to confront their hopes, their fears, their dreams, and their secrets.


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A one-woman play composed from Rachel's own journals, letters, and emails—creating a portrait of a messy, articulate, young woman, who risked her life as an activist in the heart of Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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On March 16, 2003, Rachel Corrie, a twenty-three-year-old American, was crushed to death by an Israeli Army bulldozer in Gaza as she was trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home. The piece has been surrounded by both controversy and impassioned proponents, and it has raised an unprecedented call to support political work and the difficult discourse it creates.


Previews start Apr 21

I Am My Own Wife

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The Seeing Place presents this solo drama which tells the tale of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a real-life German transvestite who managed to survive both the Nazi onslaught and the repressive East German Communist regime.

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Based on a true story, and inspired by interviews conducted by the playwright over several years, 'I Am My Own Wife' was the winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize and the 2004 Tony Award for Best Play.