The GAP (Gender And Performance) Salon is a London, UK based group which meets monthly in person and constantly online.
The GAP Salon Facebook group facilitates member-to-member conversation and information sharing, and is a platform for organising in-person events.
We’re also on Twitter @GAPsalon and our website offers meeting notes, industry data, connections to other organisation, articles, and inspiration.
We hope for a theatre that recognises the full spectrum of humanity’s potential.
We hope for a theatre that encourages voices not yet heard to come to the fore.
We hope for a theatre that is a fair and fearless place for many kinds of artists to make their work.
We hope for conversation, inspiration, and action.
The Salon is an informal space where artists and advocates can meet, exchange ideas, and support each other. Many organisations and individual artists are advocating for better gender representation in theatre, out in the world every day doing important work. But are we aware of the vastness of our own movement? How much stronger could we be if we knew our allies? We hope to help organisations to find enthusiastic new members, and empower individuals to initiate new actions.
The Salon is open to all!
Wherever you land on the gender spectrum; whatever your age, ethnicity, or orientation; whether you’ve just graduated from drama school or just transferred a show to the West End; whether you’re fiercely feminist or equality-curious: you are welcome.
If you are interested in the intersection of gender and theatre — the balance of women and men onstage and behind the scenes; the cultural gatekeepers who decide what stories we put onstage; gender-conscious casting; the shockingly low percentage of new plays by women; the presence and visibility of artists who identify outside of a male/female binary; gender dynamics from the rehearsal room to the boardroom; challenges faced by artist parents; career advancement opportunities and mentorship for women entering the field; or any related issues you’d like to bring up — then come and join the conversation.