Seattle’s ACT Theatre In Financial Trouble Again

Seattle’s ACT Theatre finds itself looking at a $450,000 deficit on a $5 million budget. “Over the next few weeks, we’ll be looking at belt-tightening possibilities,” said company manager Susan Trapnell. “One likely option is about a month of unpaid furlough for Kurt (artistic director Kurt Beattie) and me. Salary cuts for top staff are another possibility.” Two years ago, ACT was on the verge of bankruptcy but pulled away from the brink of extinction with emergency austerity and fund-raising tactics.