The Board of Trustees of the Depot Theatre is calling the organization’s 36th season “an unquestionable success”, noting that the Theatre ended the fiscal year in the black for the first time in four years. Organizers cite higher attendance and contributions from donors and volunteers.
“It might come as a surprise to some that ticket sales cover only a small portion of the expense involved in running a professional theatre,” board treasurer John Klipper said in a statement issued to the press. “Earned revenue must be augmented with contributed revenue. We’re excited that our revenue goals were not only met, but surpassed!”
According to a press release the Depot Theatre management followed the advice of the New York Council on Non-Profits and a newly-formed Advisory Council of former trustees and friends, by implementing a recovery plan that adjusted the length of the season and experimented with a seasonal staffing model that included a full-summer interim producing director and essential part-time staff. In 2014, all of the actors and stage managers were engaged on Actors’ Equity contracts and received pension and health contributions from the Depot.
“Producing professional theatre in a small, rural community, while challenging, provides cultural and economic benefits to the entire region,” said David Howson, board president. “The board is committed to honing a mission-driven program that balances revenue and expenses along with a sustainable staffing model to ensure the long-term viability of the theater.”
“We’re tremendously grateful to the community, its generous donors and volunteers for the amount of support they have given to secure the future of this theatre – the only theatre company in the Adirondacks that operates under an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association,” Howson said.
The Depot Theatre is currently conducting a staffing search and plans to announce next year’s season lineup in early 2015. For updates and more information, visit www.depottheatre.org.