In attempting to understand Boston’s new play scene, it’s helpful to learn about the underlying supports for the development and production of new plays. This creative ecosystem is essentially the soil in which we plant the seeds of our dramatic work. The past ten years have seen a strong increase in the amount of resources and energy put towards nurturing new work and writers, even though there’s plenty of room for more.
The organization with the broadest impact on theatre in Boston, and in New England, is StageSource, a regional arts service organization that focuses on theatre. Founded in 1985, it now serves more than 1,700 individual artists and 220 organizational members. With a budget of only $300,000 and two full-time staff members, much of StageSource’s programming is handled by volunteers. Most of the budget comes from membership dues and program fees for workshops and regional auditions. Only 2% of the budget comes from state and local government. Programming from StageSource includes auditions, a weekly newsletter, workshops, and ticket discounts.
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