The artistic director’s departure caps a 4-year period of extraordinary promise, crisis, and controversy, while the festival seeks help with its next steps.
3 years after shutdown, despite some encouraging signs, most U.S. theatres are struggling to get audiences to commit.
JCA Arts Marketing’s study showed declines in seats sold and revenue per performance, driven in part by last year’s omicron surge.
Many theatregoers in the region say they’d be more likely to attend if masks were required.
53 percent of theatregoers are not in favor of ending the mask requirement on April 30, and 77 percent are very negative about eliminating the vaccination requirement.
The $2.1 million in expedited arts funding includes $1.6 million for Chicago small arts organizations and $576,000 for general operating renewal grants.
The Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account, which tracks the annual economic impact of U.S. arts and cultural production, has recorded areas of loss and growth during the pandemic.
The last 2 years forced us to face fundamental uncertainty and loss, and that’s a gift that will keep on giving.
How Lloyd Suh’s ‘The Chinese Lady’ made it through 2 years of pandemic, protest, and anti-Asian hate to emerge as the nation’s most-produced and possibly most essential play.
The work of understudies, standbys, and swings is always exhausting and show-saving, but it took a pandemic to get most audiences and even the industry to recognize their value.