(TORONTO, ON – March 3, 2017) In partnership with theatre companies and organizations all across Canada, Equity in Theatre (EIT) is proud to announce its 3rd Annual Equity Hackathon in celebration of International Women’s Day, officially March 8th 2017.
Between March 8th and March 12th, EIT and its partners will hold targeted “hackathons” throughout the nation to increase the online visibility of Canadian women in the arts.
A quick online search of Canadian women creators demonstrates their comparative absence in the virtual world. There are fewer sites and “wikipages” dedicated to Canadian women’s work compared to male and American counterparts. Consequently, there is less easily-accessible information, less research available, and less notoriety, which may result in lower levels of support, resources, and funding. In response, this International Women’s Day theatre companies and practitioners are joining forces to add pages to online wiki-sites about women in theatre and the arts. The purpose of the event is to increase the amount of information and online exposure for women-identified artists.
Our partners and hosts include: Great Canadian Theatre Company (Ottawa, ON); Handsome Alice Theatre (Calgary, AB); Maggie Tree Theatre (Edmonton, AB); Persephone Theatre (Saskatoon, SK); Playwrights Guild of Canada (Toronto, ON); Playwright’s Theatre Centre (Vancouver, BC); Theatre New Brunswick (Fredericton, NB); University of Regina (Regina, SK); and the Women’s Work Festival (St. John’s, NL). Those who are unable to attend a host event in person are invited to register through our website and join us virtually for #EquityHack.
Date: March 8th - 12th, 2017
Location: Calgary, Edmonton, Fredericton, Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, St. John’s, Toronto, and Vancouver
Media Contact: Ainslee Beer
Equity in Theatre (EIT) is a multi-stakeholder initiative aiming to remedy existing gender and related inequities in the theatre industry. Through a multi-pronged and inclusive response that involves the community as a whole (artists, stakeholders, and audiences), we promote dialogue, generate greater awareness of and exposure to women theatre practitioners, and develop community-based action plans to help fix industry imbalances.