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Theatre Philadelphia COVID-19 Impact Survey Results: Theatre Organizations and Artists

Mar 24, 2020

This past week, Theatre Philadelphia released two surveys to understand the impact of COVID-19 on artists and organizations. While these situations are continuing to develop and change on an hourly basis, we have decided to publish our results now to encourage public awareness and advocacy for our theatre community. We will continue to update this aggregated data based on the responses we receive. Please contact katherine@theatrephiladelphia.org with any questions.

You may also view or take our surveys here:
Theatre Philadelphia's COVID-19 Impact Survey for theatres
Theatre Philadelphia's COVID-19 Impact Survey for artists/individuals

More information:
View Theatre Philadelphia's COVID-19 Statement and Resource Center
View Theatre Philadelphia's COVID-19 Performance Updates in the Greater Philadelphia Region

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Theatre Philadelphia COVID-19 THEATRE ORGANIZATION SURVEY
Survey Released Friday, 2/13 at 4:00pm
Updated 3/30
68 Responses

Have you canceled or postponed any performances due to Coronavirus?
68 Responses

Yes - 88.2%
No - 11.8%

Compared to normal or your budget estimates, have you lost revenue due to a decrease in ticket sales, cancelations, or other factors directly due to COVID-19?
64 Responses

Yes - 90.6%
No - 9.4%

If yes, please provide a numerical estimate of the current financial impact. We understand that this is an estimate at this time.
41 Numeric Responses

Total Numeric Response: $4.7 million

On a Scale of 1-10: In addition to the income that you know you have lost as of today, how strongly do you believe that you will lose projected income as the situation progresses?
67 responses

10 (Strongly Believe)- 59.7%
7 - 9 - 28.3%
4 - 6 - 9%
Less than 4 (No Strong Belief) - 3 %

What impact will cancelations have on your staff, company, or organization?
64 responses

10.9% - Layoffs
21.9% - Reduced Hours for Staff
12.5% - None
54.7% - TBD

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Theatre Philadelphia COVID-19 ARTIST SURVEY
Survey Released Monday, 2/16 at 4:45pm
Results Updated 3/30
96 Responses

Has your ability to work been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak?
96 Responses

Yes - 97.9%
No - 2.1%

Have you lost confirmed or contracted work due to the COVID-19 Outbreak?
96 Responses

Yes - 96.9%
No - 3.1%

Based on your plans for March through May (2 months), what is the estimated PERCENTAGE of income that you have lost?
96 Responses

Loss of 90%-100% - 31.3%

Loss of 80%-90% - 9.4%

Loss of  70%-80% - 18.8%

Loss of 60%-70% - 6.3%

Loss of 50%-60% - 6.3%

Loss of 40%-50% - 3.1%

Loss of 30%-40% - 7.3%

Loss of 20%-30% - 8.3%

Loss of 10%-20% - 9.4%

Based on your plans for March through May (2 months), what is the estimated AMOUNT of income that you have lost?
94 Responses

Average Answer - $4,191

Total Sum - $393,971

On a scale of 1 (not strongly) to 10 (Very strongly) In addition to the income that you know you have lost as of today, how strongly do you believe that you will lose projected income as the situation progresses?
96 Responses

10 out of 10 (Very Strongly) - 56.3%

7 - 9 - 35.4% 

4-6 - 5.2%

1-3 (Not Strongly) - 3%

What type of work do you do?
89 Responses. Please note that some responses contained multiple answers.

Admin - 12%
Choreography - 3%
Design - 14%
Direct - 11%
Music - 5%
Perform - 57%
Service Industry - 6%
Stage Management - 10%
Teaching Artist - 23%
Writer - 4%
Front of House / Box Office / House Management - 6%
Production Management - 4%
Other - 5%

Please provide any other insights.
Common responses include:

  • Revenue from 2nd jobs lost to restaurant, service, or teaching work

  • Losing qualifications to receive health insurance

  • Uncertainty about status of future work for summer and fall due to overall theatre revenue loss

  • Overall difficulty making financial payments

This is an ongoing effort by Theatre Philadelphia. We will continue to update these results on a regular basis.