Theatre’s Facts-On-File, 2003 Edition

The American theatre community’s annual report on its health makes interesting reading. “In an economy that is seemingly in recovery — yet one in which the threat of uncertainty seems constant — the report is a curious mix of good news, not-so-good news, and plenty of well-considered spin. The announcement that the nonprofit theatre industry contributed a total of $1.4 billion to the U.S. economy, in the form of salaries, benefits, and payments for goods and services, is certainly a positive, yet this was also the figure cited in Theatre Facts 2002. Still, that figure is considerably more impressive than the $923 million figure cited in Theatre Facts 2001.”