ERIC Number: ED207116
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Eliminating Sexism from Children's Theatre Productions.
Johnston, Kaarin S.
To help reduce sexism in children's theatre productions, directors should make a conscious effort to eliminate negative patterns from scripts. They should give attention to the roles of the characters, since female characters are often relegated to the roles of waiting for a male, a supportive parent or sister, or a passive admirer of a male. Character traits also should be carefully examined and broken down into categories. While it is possible for a director to add positive physical actions for the female characters without altering the tone of the play, it is the actions set out by the plot of the play that are often sexist. Sexist dialogue also can be changed without altering the play to any extent. Directors and actors must guard against asking for a "little girl" or a"little boy" in the audience to participate in the production when what they really need is a child. The entire process of creating a nonsexist children's theatre production is complex and requires a determined group effort. However, if the director does not have a nonsexist production as a final goal, there is only a slim chance that the production will be free of sex bias. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Directors (Theater)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Theatre Association (Dallas, TX, August 9-12, 1981).