Skip to Content

Performating arts organizations struggle to keep financially afloat

DULUTH, MN -- Performing arts organizations around the world are suffering.

"The entire industry of live events, performing arts, culture, and museums, everyone has really taken a financial hit," said new NorShor Theatre Artistic Director Phillip Fazio.

For the NorShor Theatre in Downtown Duluth, the pandemic caused the curtain to close for what seems like a lifetime said Artistic Director of Family Theater, Amber Burns, "at the time we were like, okay maybe two weeks, and then it was summer and now it's past summer."

The NorShor Theatre has had to postpone nine shows.

Fazio said Wednesday he's hoping all of them can somehow make a comeback, "we are hopeful that when we are able to gather again that maybe we will be able to do the shows that we have originally planned."

Fazio adds the theatre is still shut down for the time being, "in order for us to pay for the productions we need to be able to gather in larger group size, so we need more people in our audience than what's currently allowed."

Theatre workers are now trying to come up with different ways to keep the business afloat.

"We've been strategizing about kind of rethinking what it means to be a performing arts organization at this time in our history," Fazio said.

So far, they've hosted summer theatre camps and plan to do more in the fall.

"When it is safe for us to meet again, we will and we will be back doing the shows that everybody loves to see," said Fazio.

If you would like to help click here.

Lyanne Valdez

Skip to content