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(TORONTO, ON – February 18, 2015) Equity in Theatre (EIT), in partnership with theatre companies and organizations throughout Canada, are proud to announce the upcoming Equity Hackathon in celebration of International Women’s Day.

On March 8, 2015, EIT and its partners will hold targeted “hackathons” throughout the nation to increase the online visibility of Canadian women in theatre. A quick online search of Canadian women in theatre demonstrates their comparative absence in the virtual world. There are fewer sites and “wikipages” designated to Canadian women’s work compared to male and American counterparts; consequently, there is less easily-accessible information, less notoriety, and less research available, which may result in lower levels of support, resources and funding. In response to the lack of substantial information online about Canadian women in theatre this International Women’s Day theatre companies and practitioners will join forces to add online pages to wiki-sites on diverse women in the Canadian theatre industry. The purpose of the event is to increase the amount of information online for Canadian women in theatre.

Our partners and hosts include, but are not limited to: Gwaandak Theatre (White Horse, Yukon); Intrepid Theatre (Victoria, BC); Playwrights Guild of Canada (Toronto, Ontario); Playwrights Theatre Centre (Vancouver, BC); Prairie Theatre Exchange (Winnipeg, Manitoba); and the Women’s Work
Festival (St. John’s, Newfoundland). Those who are unable to attend a host event in person are invited to register through our website and join us virtually.

For more information on the event, its objectives and host locations, please visit our website:
http://www.equityhack.wordpress.com

Media Contact: Rebecca Burton or Jennie Egerdie
PH: 416-703-0201 FAX: 416-703-0059
Email: equityintheatre@gmail.com
Website (coming soon): www.eit.playwrightsguild.ca

Posted by: Equity in Theatre
For more information: http://www.equityhack.wordpress.com

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