Document Type

Case Study

Publication Date

2019

Interviewee

Kurt Beattie, Karen Bystrom

Editor

Susan Kunimatsu

Abstract

Two non-profit theater companies, ACT Theatre and the Empty Space had grown and prospered for over three decades in Seattle. In the 2000s, both confronted fiscal crises that threatened their survival. The Empty Space closed in 2006, but ACT remains in operation. This case study examines the history of each organization and the similarities and differences in their responses to fiscal instability. It focuses on four key areas of operation: facilities, capital campaigns and fundraising; cash flow; boards and leadership; and staff turnover. Success or failure in one area doesn’t determine the final outcome; an organization’s survival hinges on how well it meets challenges in all four areas.

Organization or Event

Empty Space Theatre

Form of Entity

Nonprofit

Area of Activity

Arts Presenter/Distributor (any artistic discipline)

Artistic Discipline

Theatre

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