American Theatre: “How Theatre Work Adds Up”


“I reached out to five full-time freelance theatre artists, and one administrator, from around the U.S. to talk in detail about their income and expenses for one year. I compared the living costs where they live (for a single individual; figures courtesy of the Living Wage Calculator, created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Then I asked them to describe the realities of what they’ve had to do, and not do, to work in the theatre as their full-time profession. Finally, I asked them how they think the field could or should change to become a place that can sustain and retain talented people. Their answers depict a field that relies—perhaps over-relies—on its workers’ resourcefulness and determination to keep at it, almost no matter the odds.” —Read the full story at American Theatre.

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