Theatre Facts

TCG has published Theatre Facts—the only in-depth report examining the attendance, performance, and overall fiscal state of the U.S. professional not-for-profit theatre field—for nearly four decades. Based on data from the annual TCG Fiscal Survey, and available to both TCG Member Theatres and the general public, Theatre Facts is a vital resource for theatre professionals, trustees, funders, policy makers, researchers, educators, students, and journalists.

For inquiries about Theatre Facts, including obtaining reports from prior to 2000, please email Ilana B. Rose, associate director of research & collective action.

Theatre Facts 2016

Based on TCG Fiscal Survey 2016, which captured data from the fiscal year that theatres completed anytime between October 31, 2015 and September 30, 2016, Theatre Facts 2016 provides three lenses through which to view the not-for-profit theatre field’s attendance, performance, and fiscal health: A broad overview of the estimated 1,850 U.S. professional not-for-profit theatres (the "Universe"); a longitudinal analysis of the 131 theatres that completed the Fiscal Survey each year since 2012 ("Trend Theatres"), with a side-note offering a 10-year view, based on a subset of 94 theatres that participated each year since 2007; and a detailed examination of all 182 theatres that completed Fiscal Survey 2016 ("Profiled Theatres"), broken out into six budget categories.

Download the full Theatre Facts 2016 report (PDF).
(Please note that this is a large file, best opened with Adobe Reader versions 4.0 and higher.)

American Theatre Articles

A feature story about Theatre Facts that includes interviews with leaders from a diverse group of theatres across the country is published annually in the November issue of American Theatre magazine.

"Theatre Facts 2015: Rising Up and Reaching Out."

Theatre Facts 2015 finds theatres adapting to a changing world and connecting with their communities. Devon Smith’s story on Theatre Facts 2015—TCG's annual analysis of the fiscal state of the U.S. professional not-for-profit theatre field—was featured in the November 2016 issue of American Theatre and is currently available on the American Theatre website.

"Theatre Facts 2014: Clear-Eyed Optimists."

Theatre Facts 2014 finds companies in better health since the recession from playing it smart and building support. Stuart Miller's story on Theatre Facts 2014—TCG's annual analysis of the fiscal state of the U.S. professional not-for-profit theatre field—was featured in the November 2015 issue of American Theatre and is currently available on the American Theatre website.

"Theatre Facts 2013: Finding Ways to Firmer Ground." (pdf)

Theatre Facts 2013 shows companies are taking smart steps to regain their economic footing after the Great Recession. Celia Wren's story on Theatre Facts 2013—TCG's annual analysis of the fiscal state of the American not-for-profit theatre—was featured in the November 2014 issue of American Theatre.

"Theatre Facts 2012: Expect the Unexpected." (pdf)

With the worst of the recession behind them, theatre leaders must lay plans for an unpredictable future. Sarah Hart's story on Theatre Facts 2012—TCG's annual analysis of the fiscal state of the American not-for-profit theatre—was featured in the November 2013 issue of American Theatre.

"Theatre Facts 2011: Get Smart, Hold Tight." (pdf)

Sarah Hart's story on Theatre Facts 2011—TCG's annual analysis of the fiscal state of the American not-for-profit theatre—shows how theatres are deftly negotiating the bumps and curves of an economy in flux. This article was featured in the November 2012 issue of American Theatre.

"Theatre Facts 2010: Contending with the New Normal." (pdf)

Ingenuity and Flexibility are Theatres' Aces in the Hole for Maneuvering a Distressed Economy. Sarah Hart's story on Theatre Facts 2010—TCG's annual analysis of the fiscal state of the American not-for-profit theatre—shows how the theatre field is adjusting to life in a new landscape, one that increasingly demands austerity, but one that also engenders imagination and ingenuity. This article was featured in the November 2011 issue of American Theatre.

"Theatre Facts 2009: Lean and Mean, But True to Vision." (pdf)

U.S. Theatres Stave Off Crises With Clever Strategies and Strong Programming. Featured in the November 2010 issue of American Theatre, Sarah Hart's story on Theatre Facts 2009—TCG's annual analysis of the fiscal state of the American not-for-profit theatre—shows how many theatres turned the enormous challenges of the economic recession into an opportunity to refocus and find clarity in mission statements, branding, financial practices, and staffing structures.

"Theatre Facts 2008: Agility Under Pressure." (pdf)

It's impossible not to look for harbingers of economic crises to come in Theatre Facts 2008—TCG's annual analysis of the fiscal state of the American not-for-profit theatre. This full article was featured in the November 2009 issue of American Theatre.

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