Stage managers are critical participants in an industry that generated almost $1.5 billion in revenue in Australia in 2015, according to Live Performance Australia. Available census data, however, indicates that this industry is being serviced by a disproportionately young, female workforce.
This panel consisted of current and former professional female stage managers who have worked within Australia’s peak performing arts companies (AMPAG 2016) and leading entertainment organisations.
In recent times there has been a renewed focus on mental health and well-being of those working within the Australian arts and entertainment sectors. Globally, the Entertainment Industry has also been buffeted as result of the #metoo and #timesup movements. Systemic issues of gender discrimination and harassment have been uncovered and the discussion has turned to the experiences of those previously unheard voices.
This panel gave a forum to some of those voices and will explore the issues contributing to a disproportionate workforce and premature exits from the profession.
Panel: Eloise Grace, Rex Rees, Julie Amos, Tanya Malouf, Ashlee Hints
Moderator: Carly O’Neill