ERIC Number: ED191103
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Women in Theatre Administration: A Dean's View.
Wills, J. Robert
Statistics reveal that only 11% of the 1,500 theatre administrators on United States college campuses are women. On the other hand, recent surveys have indicated that few women are actively seeking administrative positions. The situation is unfortunate since campus theatres and institutions of higher education need highly qualified, capable leaders--regardless of sex. For women who are seeking an administrative role and for others who might be induced to change their career goals to encompass academic administration, six points of advice might be helpful: women (1) should not lock themselves into doing only what they are doing currently, no matter how much they enjoy doing it; (2) should build faculty credentials and be prepared to travel the traditional route of academic advancement; (3) should insist that their own institutions adhere to the principles of affirmative action; (4) should make connections if they plan to look for employment elsewhere; (5) should decide how mobile they are; and (6) should be prepared to use their theatre education and experience as training grounds for academic administration, since both demand similar skills such as planning, managing resources, meeting deadlines, encouraging productivity, solving problems, and establishing leadership style. (FL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Theatre Association (44th, San Diego, CA, August 10-13, 1980).