Today’s LA Times featured a story acknowledging four IWF members who are revamping some of the foremost performing arts venues in the U.S. The review, titled “Can 2016 really be called the year of the woman? Look to the arts world, and the answer is yes,” focuses on how women leaders are re-imagining theater, opera and symphony arts with their unique visions for success.
The members, Debora L. Spar, first female President of the Lincoln Center in New York, Deborah Rutter, President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, Francesca Zambello, Artistic Director of the Washington National Opera Center and Jenny Bilfield, Washington Performing Arts‘ fourth President and CEO, are each bringing their formidable talents to bear on these landmark institutions.
A 2015 study from the League of Resident Theatres (LOTR) showed that women’s representation in theater leadership was around 25 percent. The study cited that there are an abundance of women on the pathway to leadership in these fields, but many face the barrier of implicit bias.
These IWF members are changing the trends from the top, demonstrating that at the upper echelon of the arts world, women are leading and vitalizing some of the most notable institutions today.
Photo cr. Colin Knowles