Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, recently spoke as part of #NewPlay Convening at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. He made some comments about how we should look at the supply of theatre vs the demand. Pretty simple enough. But his statements riled a few people up.
On the official blog of the National Endowment for the Arts, he offers a few clarifications:
Last week, as part of a new work convening at Arena Stage, I was able to finally spark a conversation that I have been wanting to have for over a year now.
Diane Ragsdale and I discussed the intersection of the commercial and not-for-profit theaters. We talked about the original impulse behind the resident theater movement in this country, the increasing role of commercial investment in shaping not-for-profit theaters’ seasons, and the too limited definition of success in use by many theaters today (attendance + revenue + national attention).
Another topic arose, one that is central to all of us who care about the arts: the mismatch that currently exists in supply and demand for not-for-profit arts organizations in our country.
The rest of the article can be found here at this link.