Open Stage 


Closing the gender gap backstage

Our Mission

Open Stage Project’s mission is to close the gender gap in backstage and offscreen careers.


WE SERVE: Public high school women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming* students passionate about behind-the-scenes careers.

*We use an inclusive definition of "girls," “women,” and “female,” and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people. We believe in supporting the many intersections of our members’ identities, such as but not limited to race, sexual orientation, gender expression, socioeconomic class, and immigrant/indigenous status.


Program Overview

Open Stage Project teaches job-readiness with an eye toward workforce development in our Act 1, Act 2, and Act 3 programs. We focus on resume-building and job training to close the gender gap backstage. Our events include performances, career conversation, studio tours, panels, and mentorship opportunities.


Student Testimonials

Act 2 Student


"Open Stage Project taught me how to network, which translated through to school as well. It’s important to build the skills to reach out and to not be afraid.”

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There are so many skill sets that make live theater possible. Learn about what we are doing to help achieve gender parity in the arts, hear from theater professionals, and learn about what they do.