Friday, January 30, 2015

Information Regarding Actors Theatre of Phoenix Closing

After careful, and very emotional, consideration, the Actors Theatre Board of Directors announced on December 19 it had unanimously voted to cease operations and liquidate the professional theatre company. January 30 will be the final day of operations.

The simple truth is that the company is out of money.

This was not the result of a single event, but a combination of factors, primarily based on the fact that revenues - both earned and contributed - did not meet expectations and we found ourselves in a cash-flow crisis.

Over the past two years, the company made great strides and many changes and we heard from a broad base of individuals that Actors Theatre is important.

Unfortunately, while we agree with those opinions, they did not translate into the revenue necessary to sustain the organization and we were unable to significantly improve our financial position.

As we prepared to produce our next scheduled production, we looked at the situation to determine how best to move forward. We recognized the landscape has changed significantly and the environment is much different than it used to be.

We recognized what Actors Theatre does and, most importantly, the way we do it is not sustainable in our community at this time. Among our strongest guiding principles is to pay everyone - and that includes artists and arts workers - a living wage.

The economic dignity of all of our artists and arts workers is one of our highest values, but our donor base and individual and season ticket sales were not substantial enough to provide the financial resources to support the cost structure of professional artists to the degree it needed to be.

We are incredibly proud of Actors Theatre's legacy over nearly 30 years bringing thought-provoking, often edgy, but incredibly compelling theatre to the Valley. We know that many patrons left most of our productions affected by and talking about what they saw on stage.

Perhaps we will again see those or similar productions and the high professional quality of what went on both on and behind the stage.

In the meantime, and in spite of our deep, deep sadness at this time, we do know that there are many great arts and cultural opportunities in the Valley. Perhaps we will be part of them again sometime in the future.

We are grateful to all the artists and arts workers for 30 years of important work. We are grateful to the community for 30 years of support.

Our permanent records will live at the Arizona Historical Society.

Actors Theatre is no longer an organization that exists in the present but rather one that exists only in reflection.

Matthew Wiener, Producing Artistic Director
Erica Black, Managing Director
Board of Directors

Friday, January 23, 2015

Information regarding exchanging Actors Theatre tickets for tickets

We are happy to share six Valley theatre companies have agreed to exchange Actors Theatre tickets for tickets to productions at their own theatres.

We are grateful to these companies for helping take care of our patrons.

If you have tickets for any cancelled Actors Theatre production, please note the following:

To exchange tickets please contact the respective theatre company box offices at:

222 E Monroe, Phoenix, 602.256.6995

7701 West Paradise Lane, Peoria 623.765.8400

700 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe 480.921.5710

100 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix 602.254.2151

132 E 6th St, Tempe, 480.227.1766

8355 W. Peoria Ave, Peoria 623.815.7930

The schedule for each company is available on their website and the exchange process will vary company to company so please contact each theatre's box office directly to check availability of seats for exchanges. When calling each box office please immediately identify yourself as an "Actors Theatre Patron." (This is very important.) This exchange offer is good through June 30, 2015.

Each company has a list of ticket holders. You do NOT have to bring your Actors Theatre tickets when picking up your new tickets.

Any unused tickets will be turned into a charitable tax-deduction to Actors Theatre on June 30, 2015. At that time we will issue a charitable tax deduction letter for 2015.

If you do not wish to take advantage of this ticket exchange or receive a charitable tax deduction in 2015, please notify us in writing to: Refunds, Actors Theatre, PO Box 1924, Phoenix, AZ 85001. Your request for a refund will be added to the list of general unsecured creditors and payments, if any, will be made on a prorate basis at some point in the future.

This act of generosity on the part of these six theatre companies speaks volumes about our arts and culture community. And we are confident you will have many wonderful experiences at the theatre.

Matthew Wiener, Producing Artistic Director
Erica Black, Managing Director
Board of Directors