This questionnaire invites an exploration the underlying structure of the play you are directing / producing / reading, from the perspective of how it presents male and female roles. The questions focus directly on binary gender categories of ‘male’ and female’ as the questions are specifically attempting to understand something about the way these traditional categories are represented in plays and on stage. If the play (also) represents non-binary gender, please use the text boxes under the questions to give details.
The questions are designed such that the questionnaire shouldn’t take very long – unless you find it helpful to fill out the optional sections in greater depth, for example if the questionnaire were being used by a director to help them understand the dramaturgical structure of the play in terms of gender. There is no judgement implied by the answers – the process of gathering these thoughts is to gain a sense of patterns across many plays, rather than to judge an individual play. The questions aim to uncover a nuanced picture of the representation of female characters, rather than imply that there could be a ‘right’ way of representing women. There are so many considerations at work in the process of programming that gender is never going to be the sole factor. Rather this is an attempt to understand better how plays represent women in general.
The questionnaire is available as a downloadable pdf.