Wow - USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism looked at genders of speaking actors in the top 100 films of 2009 and found 67.2% were male, 32.8% were female. More of their findings (including percentages of actors wearing swimwear and revealing clothing are in this LA Times article. I did a little more digging and found that Professor Stacy Smith has been looking at gender representation in film for over 5 years. More about her (incl. links to articles and info about other studies) are here.
I don't have a research grant or a major university behind me, I just have you. So, did you see, perform, design, stage manage, direct a show this month? If so, I wanna hear about it! Go here to get the short and simple Counting Actors form, and send it in!
And, if you don't open until December, send that too. I'll put it in next month's list. I'll publish Nov results between Dec 1st and 5th.