Theatre Profiles: Glossary

Artistic Leader's Statement

All artistic leaders were invited to submit a personal statement
describing the artistic philosophy governing their work and their
respective institutions. While all have been edited for style, every
attempt has been made to retain the individuality of each statement.

Actors' Equity Associate Contracts

The following AEA abbreviations are used:

For more information about AEA contracts, visit

Contact Information

The mailing address (and theatre address if different from mailing
address) of each organization is included. Telephone numbers are
listed and labeled as to their use. Email and website information
is also included. Website addresses are live links to theatres'


A facility is a building which houses one or more performance spaces
("venues"). Some theatres have several venues inside a single facility;
some theatres have more than one facility. When a facility only
has a single performance space, the facility and the venue may share
the same name. For touring productions, it is usually simpler to
add "On tour" as a facility (and also a venue), rather than list
out each space where a touring show performed.


Operating expenses are included to provide a general sense of the
overall size of each theatre's operation. Theatres' general operating
expenses will be used to identify their TCG Budget Group (listed

  • Group 1: $50,000-$499,999

  • Group 2: $500,000-$999,999

  • Group 3: $1,000,000-$2,999,999

  • Group 4: $3,000,000-$4,999,999

  • Group 5: $5,000,000-$9,999,999

  • Group 6: $10,000,000 and above

Founding Date and Founders

Founding date generally represents the beginning of public performances.
In a few cases, the founding date represents conceptual or legal
establishment of the organization. The names of all founders are
listed under the date.

League of Resident Theatre (LORT) Membership and Contracts

LORT contracts indicated by letters enclosed in parentheses following
the AEA contract abbreviations designate the size of theatre and
scale of payment. Also, not every theatre using a LORT contract
is a member of the League of Resident Theatres. We have indicated
which theatres are members. Please note that members of LORT also
operate under agreements with the Society of Stage Directors and
Choreographers (SSDC) and United Scenic Artists (USA), which are
referenced to the LORT/Equity contracts. For more specific information
on these contracts, please contact the unions or LORT directly.

Production Lists

Productions are listed by production date. Theatres' profiles will
list the current season with links to previous seasons back to September
of 1995. Production listings will include the play title followed
by the name of the playwright and, where applicable, the adapter,
translator, and/or source of literary adaptation if such information
was provided. In the case of musicals or plays with music, all composers,
librettists and lyricists are included. The director and set, lighting,
costume and sound designers follow. Choreographers are included
where applicable.

Production listings will also note when a production is a world
or American premiere, and whether or not it was a co-production.
In the case of co-productions, the co-producer will be listed.


Season information is included as a general guide to the annual
performance dates of each theatre. The months listed indicate the
opening and closing of each theatre's season. "Year-round" designates
companies that perform continuously throughout the year; "variable"
indicates irregular or varying schedules.

Special Interests

Theatre listings include special interests, which indicate the
nature of the work produced by the theatre. Any special interest
appearing in a theatre's listing indicates that the type of work
specified (e.g. musical theatre, African-American work of theatre
for young audiences) represents a minimum of 15% of the theatre's
programming over a three-year period.

Theatre Leadership

Each profile includes a theatre's artistic, managerial and board
leader. We have designed the database to accommodate theatres' unique
leadership styles that may include more than one person per position.


Venues are the theatre space(s) in which each company regularly
performs. Each venue is in a facility, but a facility may have more
than one venue. The seating capacity and type of stage are included
for each venue. The name of the space is provided if it differs
from the organization's name. The following terminology is used
in describing each venue.

  • Proscenium: The traditional, picture-window
    stage separated from the auditorium by a proscenium arch, so that
    the audience views the action from a single "fourth wall" perspective.

  • Thrust: All types of facilities wherein the
    stage juts into the audience and is thereby surrounded on three
    sides. A "modified thrust" or "modified proscenium" protrudes
    less, often utilizing a fan-shaped apron on which action can take

  • Arena: Also called "theatre-in-the-round."
    The audience completely surrounds the stage.

  • Flexible: All types of theatre space which
    can be altered or converted from one category to another. Black
    Box theatre spaces are a specific kind of flexible space.

  • Cabaret: A simple performance platform, with
    the audience usually seated at tables.