Mixed season outlook for central Ohio arts groups, with some returning to stages and others waiting until 2021

Posted on: September 16, 2020

In Ohio, the state’s audience restriction for performing arts presenters is “the lesser of 15% of capacity or 300 people,” writes Ken Gordon in Sunday’s (9/13) Columbus Dispatch (OH). “The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts, which owns the city’s major theaters … relies on ticket sales and venue-rental income for 90% of its budget. CAPA President Chad Whittington said national touring companies are not coming to Columbus—or any other city—unless theaters are allowed to be 75 to 100% full. He said CAPA has laid off 45 full-time staffers…. CAPA provides back-office management support to several area arts groups, including CATCO [theater company], the Columbus Symphony and Opera Columbus.… The Columbus Symphony … managed to maintain a balanced budget in the 2019-20 fiscal year… It has organized a series of outdoor concerts, also is one of the very few groups that will perform in front of a live audience in CAPA-owned theaters this fall…. It has helped that the level of giving from patrons has remained strong…. ProMusica Chamber Orchestra has stayed busy as well, recently completing a series of seven outdoor shows. Most other groups are planning a 2021 return to live shows.”