Underrepresented Plays & Artists

Does this map depress you? Then let’s start producing more artists of color and artists who identify as women, trans, and gender non-conforming! Below you’ll find lots of resources to get started.

 2018 Map of  The Count , a study funded by The Lilly Awards and The Dramatist Guild

2018 Map of The Count, a study funded by The Lilly Awards and The Dramatist Guild

Note: If you would like to suggest organizations or resources to add to this list, please contact us at info@stateraarts.org. Thank you.

Play Directories

The Kilroys List

The list includes the results of our annual industry survey of excellent new plays by female and trans playwrights. It is a tool for producers committed to ending the systemic underrepresentation of female and trans playwrights in the American theater.

The Mix

Steppenwolf Theatre Company has announced the release of a new play resource called The Mix, which is a list comprised of new and underproduced plays that feature casts of intersectional and intersecting social identities and come with the recommendation of professionals in the field. The goal of this project is to assist in the collective effort to move toward a holistic, nuanced and equitable approach to diversity in the theatre.

New Play Exchange

The world's largest digital library of scripts by living writers.

Artist Directories

Asian American Stage Directors 

Google Sheet; Self-populated. Send additions or corrections to Peter J. Kuo (contact info inside).

Black Female Theatre Directors 

Created by Jocelyn Bioh. Google Sheet; Self-populated.

Black Women Directors 

List and profiles of Black women and non-binary filmmakers. Created by Danielle A. Scruggs. Website.

Deaf Talent Directory 

Created/moderated by Tyrone Giordano. Google Sheet; View-only.

Deaf Theatre Artists and ASL Interpreters 

Google Sheet; Self-populated.

Diverse Dramaturgs: Racially, Ethnically, Culturally 

Google Sheet; View-only.

Indigenous Direction 

For companies and artists who want to create accurate work about, for, and with Indigenous Peoples. Created/ran by Larissa FastHorse and Ty Defoe.

Indigenous Artist Network 

Native American, Alaskan Native, First Nations, Indigenous, and Aboriginal individuals in theatre. Google Sheet; View-only.

Latinx Theater Directors 

Lists only active directors with at least 2 fully-realized productions in the past five years, or recent experience in new or devised work. Google Sheet; View-only.

Latinx Designers 

Working, self-identified Latina/o/x Designers compiled by Latina/o Theatre Commons. Also available at www.latinaotheatrecommons.com

Latinx Theatre Scholars 

Google Sheet from Form responses; View-only

Latinx Stage Managers 

Google Sheet from Form responses; View-only

Latinx Stage Artistic Personnel 

Google Sheet from Form responses; View-only

Maia Directors 

For organizations and artists engaging with stories from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia (MENASA). Includes a performer database. Created/ran by Kareem Fahmy, Evren Odcikin, Megan Sandberg-Zakian, and Pirronne Yousefzadeh.

The No Excuses List 

Women/Non-Binary/Two Spirit Dramaturgs of Color. Google Sheet; View-only.

Ring of Keys

Ring of Keys is a national network of queer women+, trans, and gender non-conforming professional artists working on and offstage in musical theatre. Their extensive Member Directory is a hiring resource for those looking to work with artists who self-identify as queer, bi, trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, lesbian, and the diversity of genders that queerness contains. The database is created and maintained by Ring of Keys Members. 

South Asian Theater Artists 

Theatre artists from the South Asian diaspora. Google Sheet; self-populated. Includes "Other resources!" tab curated by Roger Tang.

Theatre Designers and Technicians of Color 

Created and curated by Megan Sandberg-Zakian. Google Sheet; Self-populated. Includes "Other Lists and Links" tab curated by Megan Sandberg-Zakian

The T List 

Transgender Professionals in Theatre, Film, Television, Music, and New Media. Created by Shakina Nayfack. Google Sheet; Self-populated.

Trans Theater Makers List 

Trans, gender non-conforming, and gender variant theater professionals. Created by Calvin Anderson. Google Sheet; Self-populated.

WE EXIST 

Female and/or trans playwrights. Google Sheet; Self-populated.

The Women & Transgender Artist Database

This database is created and maintained by Parity Productions.

Women+ in Theatre Network

Created and curated by Administrators of the Women+ in Theatre Facebook Page. Google Sheet; Self-populated.

Women Who Draw

Women Who Draw is a directory of illustrators, cartoonists, and artists who identify as women. The site was created to increase the visibility of female artists with an emphasis on artists of color, LBGTQ+, and other minority groups.