Contemporary American Theater Festival “industry leader”

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American for the Arts has released a survey showing that the Contemporary American Theater Festival contributes about $5 million yearly to the region’s economy during its summer theater festival.

Audiences to the annual event contribute $1.25 million to the local economy, the survey shows. Also, the festival supports 88 full-time jobs, the survey reports. The festival generates $2.6 million that goes to local residents, and another $1.09 million in local and state taxes.

“This economic impact study sends a strong signal that when we support the Contemporary American Theater Festival,” a statement from American for the Arts said, “we not only enhance our quality of life, but we also invest in the region’s economic wellbeing.”

Peggy Mckowen is the associate producer for the Contemporary American Theatre Festival. Mckowen plans to use information from the survey for future festivals.

“We’ve learned so much from this survey,” Mckowen said. “We’ll be able to use it for the future to learn more about improving the experience for audiences.”

The festival has yet to release what plays will be featured in its 2019 July festival. For more information and news, please visit