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!


This new Broadway musical by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin is a love story for today…and always. Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

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"Hadestown" intertwines two mythic tales — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — as it invites you on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back with a story that pits industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love.


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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.


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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Repertorio Espanol presents this tale of a passionate love affair that ends in tragedy.

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Calisto, a young nobleman, enters the garden of Pleberio in pursuit of his falcon. There he sees Pleberio’s daughter, Melibea, and falls madly in love with her, and enlists “La Celestina” to help seduce her.


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In this new Broadway pop musical, the wives of Henry VIII take the mic to reclaim their identities—remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st century girl power.

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Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, SIX the wives of Henry VIII take the mic to reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse—remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st century girl power. The female cast is backed by an all-female band, the “Ladies in Waiting.” Songs from the studio album are streamed on average 300,000 per day making it the second highest streaming cast recording in the world.


Set in a secret bunker far in the fascist future, this new, immersive, queer nightclub musical explores a world where little more than sequins, reality television, and the complete works of Oscar Wilde have survived.

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"Oscar at the Crown" celebrates the rise and fall of one of history's most flamboyant characters. It goes without saying that it's also about the Real Housewives and a minor character from that show The O.C, and yes, it’s also about all of us here today: staring at our phones, wondering if our latest Instagram post is going to flop and if the bombs have started flying yet.


(On hiatus) Literally Alive revives its musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale about a young mermaid who falls for a prince and ventures onto land.

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Once upon a time there was a little mermaid who dreamed of the day when she would finally be old enough to explore the wonders of the world above the sea. When her turn comes, she is not disappointed. In fact she saves a young prince from drowning in a shipwreck and falls deeply in love with him. As her longing increases, she desires to become a mortal so she can marry her young prince; but, as with all dreams, there are sacrifices. There is a free family workshop one hour prior to every performance. Best for young children. 


Bated Breath Theatre Company invites you to experience the Belle Époque through the eyes of legendary post-impressionist painter Henri de Toulouse Lautrec in this immersive, environmental production.

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Rediscover the bohemian world of old Paris with legendary artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and the women he immortalized. Dive into the underbelly of old Paris and rub shoulders with the dancers, prostitutes and outcasts. Through imagery, text, and dance, "Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec" explores the ecstasy of creativity against the agony of the body.


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This premiere from Juilliard playwright Hilary Bettis (“The Americans”) follows a splintered family over 10 years of strength, struggle and love, as they face the profoundly personal drama of immigration.

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Seventy-two miles. That’s the space between Nogales, Mexico and Tucson, Arizona—and the world of distance that separates a mother at a shelter and her American-born husband and children.


Previews start Apr 25

The Bedwetter

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Based on the bestselling memoir of the same name, "The Bedwetter" is a world premiere musical by Sarah Silverman (“I Love You, America”), Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne), and Joshua Harmon ("Bad Jews").

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Meet Sarah. She’s funny. She’s dirty. She’s 10. And she’s got a secret that you’ll never guess (unless you read the title).


Previews start Apr 14

Birthday Candles

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Debra Messing returns to Broadway for the Roundabout in this new play that follows Ernestine Ashworth through her many years and many birthdays and asks: what makes a lifetime...into a life?

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Debra Messing (Will & Grace) returns to the stage as Ernestine Ashworth, who spends her 17th birthday agonizing over her insignificance in the universe.

Soon enough, it’s her 18th birthday. Even sooner, her 41st. Her 70th. Her 101st. Five generations, dozens of goldfish, an infinity of dreams, one cake baked over a century. What makes a lifetime…into a life?

A writer of "freewheeling ambition" (Charles Isherwood, The New York Times), Noah Haidle makes his Broadway debut with a poignant new play as fearless in scope as it is tremendous in heart.


A play-pageant-ritual-homegoing celebration in response to the physical and spiritual deaths of Black people as a result of racialized violence.

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Meant to disrupt the pervasiveness of anti-blackness and acknowledge the resilience of Black people throughout history, this theatrical work uses facilitated conversation, parody, song, and movement in a series of vignettes to create a space for catharsis, reflection, cleansing, and healing. Boundaries between performers and audiences blur as the audiences are asked to not only observe the performance, but participate in the ritual as well.


In Previews: Opens Apr 01

Boys Will Be Boys

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This US premiere satire from The Pond Theatre Company features cabaret music and an all-female cast skewering workplace sexism and all who enable it — regardless of their gender.

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Astrid Wentworth is at the top of her game. A superstar trader in the male-dominated world of banking and high finance. She is ruthless and relentless, but she’s always played by the boys’ rules to get to the top. So when Astrid takes on protégée Priya, she is the perfect person to help this ambitious young woman navigate the industry — as long as Priya’s willing to listen.



Previews start Apr 19

La Paloma Prisoner

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"La Paloma Prisoner" is a multi-disciplinary play about the reclamation of identity by women in the Colombian prison system.

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Based on the true story of a group of incarcerated women selected as beauty queen contestants at the Buen Pastor prison in Bogotá, this new play interweaves the ritualistic journey of a “parade of prisoners” within Colombia’s social, political, and spiritual history. The play centers on an infamous woman nicknamed “La Paloma” who transcendentally soars beyond physical and societal barriers to avenge the raped women of Bogotá. Her actions revolutionize the women’s lives, Bogotá’s prison society, and the world beyond its walls.


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Inspired by the real-life Bronx Defenders, this new work pays tribute to the sacrifices public servants make every day.

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Dragon Fruit! Black Beluga Lentils! Perfectly Soft-Boiled Eggs!

Seven public defenders seek meaning, belonging, and some semblance of order via their frenzied quest for the perfect lunch—while battling ACS, inequality, burnout, and a big ole serving of existential dread. 

Lunch Bunch, commissioned by Clubbed Thumb, was developed and first produced in their 2019 Winterworks and Summerworks series.




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A cast of farm animals perform a darkly comic fable for our times.