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September 27, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Look who else has a balanced arts budget

Last week we reported that the Seattle Rep finished the fiscal year in the black. This week, similar good news comes from Seattle Shakespeare Company.

Here’s an excerpt from a news release (in bold below) that we received today. Looks like Seattle Shakes did better at Intiman than … well … Intiman.

After finalizing the financial records for Seattle Shakespeare Company’s 20th anniversary season, Managing Director John Bradshaw announced today that the company finished its 10th year in a row with a balanced budget. “We take enormous pride in artistic work, but also I our ongoing fiscal responsibility, which is a tribute to our board, staff, and supporters,” said Bradshaw. Over the past eight years Seattle Shakespeare Company’s budget has more than tripled, and the company continues to operate debt free.

Last season’s production of Hamlet set new attendance and sales records for Seattle Shakespeare Company. The company took a risk by producing for the first time at the Intiman Playhouse, and that production of The Threepenny Opera broke the previous records during its three-week run. “Our season ticket sales are also on the rise again for the third year in a row,” said Bradshaw. “We fully expect this season’s subscription sales to surpass our goal.”

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