Ten Irish theatre organisations have agreed policies to enhance opportunities for women, including in some circumstances, a commitment to gender balance in programming and gender blind casting.

In response to the Waking the Feminists movement which began in 2015, the Abbey, Gate and Druid Theatres have all signed up to the policy statement, along with the Dublin Theatre Festival and Cork Midsummer Festival.

Theatre companies including Rough Magic and Fishamble were also involved in drawing up the measures, which include gender balance on boards and unconscious bias training for staff.

The organisations have agreed, in some cases, to gender blind readings for plays and gender blind casting - where directors consider casting women in roles traditionally performed by men.

Some have also committed to gender balance in programming within five years.

Artistic Director of Rough Magic Lynne Parker said theatre was leading the way for other art forms.

"Theatre is by definition a visible sector, and a great deal of focus had been given to incidents within specific organisations; we are pleased to use that visibility to take a lead in identifying a robust, clear and decent code of practice that has currency throughout theatre in Ireland," she said.

Each organisation has made specific commitments and these have been ratified by their respective boards.