She Persisted Study

The She Persisted Study, a research study looking into the role of women in a broad spectrum of theatre situations, began in the Fall of 2017 at Carroll College.

The idea for the She Persisted study was conceived by Kim Shire, Assistant Professor of Theatre of Carroll College, when she was preparing for a lecture in Carroll’s Theatre Appreciation class in the Fall of 2015. At that time, her goal was to find out if the needle was moving on gender equality in theatre. She found a few studies, but none of them had published longitudinal data, and none of them addressed trends in academic or community theatre.

With the assistance of her Women in Theatre class of theatre majors in the fall of 2017 (April Kortz, Mitchel Wheeler, Brenna Kinsey, Bailey Osborne, Meghan Hanrahan, and Savannah Rey Christiansen), and with the guidance of Dr. Amanda Francis, Dr. Jodi Fasteen, and Dr. Dawn Gallinger, she designed a study and began to gather data. For the purposes of this study, the initial study year included plays that had at least one performance during the time frame of September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017.

Our data gathering will continue every other year. The second dataset was gathered with the help of the Women in Theatre class at Carroll in the Fall of 2019. Our intention is to continue gathering data every other year, and, as time allows, to go back and gather data for past years with the goal of gaining a better picture of whether progress is being made.

The dataset is available upon request. Send an email to Asst. Prof. Kim Shire with your request.