Young actresses at work: an analysis of gender and power inequalities in the Italian theatrical sector


  • Emanuela Naclerio Università degli Studio di Torino

Paraules clau:

gender inequalities, cultural work, theatre actresses, Italy, performing arts


From the time the ban on women performing in theatrical plays was lifted in mid-1600s England to the communicative impact of the ongoing #MeToo campaign, the presence of actresses on stage has always had
the capacity to profoundly question and significantly reduce societal norms related to gender and cultural spaces. Using a qualitative methodology, this paper analyses young actresses’ experiences of work in the Italian performing arts sector, considering aesthetic and emotional aspects related to theatre work. The occupational environment, described through the sector’s specific datasets and surveys, appears to be characterised by marked power asymmetries in terms of age and gender which, in turn, is embedded in young actresses’ everyday bodily and emotional experiences of work.


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Biografia de l'autor/a

Emanuela Naclerio, Università degli Studio di Torino

Emanuela Naclerio is PhD candidate in Sociology and Methodology of Social Research at the University of Milan and University of Turin. The research topics she is interested in are the sociology of gender, work, and culture. Her doctoral thesis focuses on the working experiences of performing artists in Italy using qualitative research methods.


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Naclerio, E. (2022) “Young actresses at work: an analysis of gender and power inequalities in the Italian theatrical sector”, Debats. Revista de cultura, poder i societat, 7, pp. 31–48. Available at: (Accessed: 23 September 2023).