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Belinde Ruth Stieve. Photo: Steffi Henn


Belinde Ruth Stieve

independent Researcher. Expert on Diversity Change in Narrative and Society. Inventor of NEROPA.

When she reached 40, Hamburg born actress Belinde Ruth Stieve noticed less role offers coming in. In order to find an explanation for this she started systematically evaluating the casts of film productions and got the confirmation that the already existing gender imbalance for roles increases even more from the age of 40 onwards. Stieve decided to get to the bottom of this and in 2013 began analyzing and commenting on the situation of women and men in front of and behind the camera and its effects, blogging about it in SchspIN – An Actress’s Thoughts in German and English.

She was involved in the First Diversity Report 2010-13 of the German Directors’ Union BVR, is a regular consultant on panels and events of the industry. She is a member of EWA European Audiovisual Network and supports Women in Film and Television, Pro Quote Film and other initatives campaigning for change in film and television. Her statistical investigations and analyses enjoy a high reputation in the relevant groups of the film industry and for a long time were the only reliable comprehensive data available.

In 2016 Belinde Ruth Stieve invented the method NEROPA Neutral Roles Parity to reduce the gender imbalance in film casts and raise awareness, With it she is also showing other areas of society a way out of unequal situations and discriminatory mechanisms.

For statistical analysis of scripts and roles she uses, among others, DramaQueen, a software for script writers and authors.


Mail contact: SchspIN {at} posteo {dot} de