Spreading Out of Professional Theater
Implications in Growth of Regional Companies
Recent growth of what has come to be called regional theater denotes not only a geographical redistribution of theatrical activity in the United States. It marks also a significant change in the character of the over-all effort of the American theater. The regional theater is, by and large, non-commercial, while the Broadway theater—once the theater in the United States—is “operated primarily as a profit venture.”1 The spreading out of theatrical endeavor to other parts of the country therefore enlarges the opportunities for originality and experimentation in the staging of live drama. The regional theater is important in another way; it wants to cultivate new playwrights, new actors, and new directors. Perhaps its greatest achievement will ...