Tired of the fact that Shakespeare plays have so very few female characters? We are, too. We know girls weren’t allowed on stage in the Elizabethan age. So what? That’s not the case, anymore. Wait…. According to the Huffington Post, only 28.3 percent of characters in family films, 30.8 percent of characters in children’s shows, and 38.9 percent of characters on prime time television are women. And according to Lauren Gunderson, it’s not any better in theatre: only 1 out of 3 characters is female. Don’t even get us started on the percentage of female playwrights. (Okay, fine. It’s 20%.) Gah! Our modern entertainment still has limited female representation!
Here at ImprovEd Shakespeare, part of the improvements we make involves changing the sex of the characters. (Hey, we even had a female Hamlet. (Should we have called her ‘Hamlette?’)) But we’re taking it one step further with our Girl ImprovEd Project. In order to change the future, you have to change the present. Rather than focusing on acting (of which we feel 90% of the young performers are female), we are nurturing a bevy of girls to develop their skills as Writers, Producers and Directors.
This Project has taken on a life on it’s own. You can visit the Girl Improved website for more information.