Age discrimination in theatre


Belkıs Ö., Akın B. A., Sevim Salman Y.

VIII-INTERNATIONAL EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, Rome, Italy, 13 - 15 July 2023, pp.1-2

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Rome
  • Country: Italy
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-2
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Age discrimination is defined as “discrimination based on the age of the person” and is the last

accepted form of discrimination among discrimination types. According to WHO's Global

Report on Ageism, Age is one of the first things we notice about other people. Age

discrimination is seen in different societies and cultures, from social relations to occupational

fields. Age discrimination is seen in theater, where body and performance are at the forefront,

noticed in both play texts and theater practices. The purpose of this paper is to research whether

those working in the field of theater in Turkey are exposed to this type of discrimination. This

study was designed with a mixed method aiming to collect qualitative and quantitative data as

descriptive research. 126 theater artists (actors, playwrights, directors, dramaturgs, designers)

participated in the research online with the snowball technique. The data were collected in

approximately 24 hours with a form consisting of three demographic, three qualitative and two

quantitative questions. The findings of the research show that 35% (f=44) of the theater artists

are exposed to discrimination because of their age. The fact that 61% (f=27) of these people are

women suggests that women are more exposed to age discrimination. Participants also stated

reasons such as the lack of role scales for different ages, being ignored due to their age, and

decreased physical competence as a form of prejudice and discrimination. This first research

conducted in Turkey also shows that age discrimination is an issue that needs to be emphasized

and studied with its various dimensions.