A study of compensation for managerial and administrative staff in the nonprofit theatre industry
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Within the American theatre arts community there are very few people earning a living wage as defined by John A. Ryan as compensation that is relative to experience, education, and the area’s acceptable standard of living. Designers, technicians, marketers, and administrators all suffer, as do actors, from being under paid. Even high level leadership positions, such as General Management or Artistic Direction, often come with a limited compensation package. The purpose of this project is to consider the related literature about human resources within the not-for-profit sector and explore how these ideas relate to the wages and benefits for managerial/administrative staff in two local, not-for-profit theatre groups in Eugene, Oregon and/or similar sized communities. The study includes a literature review and four interviews of staff in the Lord Leebrick Theatre Company and the Willamette Repertory Theatre, as well as a final paper to be published in the University of Oregon Arts Administration Program Occasional Paper Series.