Recent teaching work has gotten me thinking about how I talk about and model gender parity while wearing my teaching artist hat.
This is still evolving, but here are a few thoughts:
1) if a girl brings in a monologue for a male character, a boy brings in a monologue for a female character - no judgement. If they've read and understand the circumstances of the monologue and the play it's from, and the language speaks to them - do it & work on it - understand that this may not fly elsewhere, but the boy who brought in Tilly from Gamma Rays and the girl who brought Charlie from Perks of Being a Wallflower - go! (although technically I said bring in monologues from plays not movies)
2) when I'm assigning scenes or monologues - check myself on writer gender parity. For a program that ended with students doing 2 and 3 person scenes from published plays, I notice that for 8 scenes, I have 3 female writers, 6 male writers (one of the pieces was co-written by two women). So I need to do better on this one - continue to educate myself on the women writers out there, so that I can assign, share, promote women writers.
What are other ways that we can bring gender parity to our teaching work?
And, if anyone's got suggestions for plays for teens by women writers, throw those into the comments section too!
Side note: Bay Area folks, if you don't already know about it, I strongly encourage you to check out worksbywomensf.wordpress.com, like Works by Women SF on facebook, and/or join the Works by Women SF group on meetup.com - we've got a few great outings planned to attend shows and support women making theater in the region - it'd be great to see you there, Bay Area.