Angels in the American Theater
Patrons, Patronage and Philanthropy
2007, 304 pages. Southern Illinois University Press, 1915 University Press Drive, SIUC Mail Code 6806, Carbondale, IL 62901, 618-453-2281, www.siuc.edu
The American theater does not survive on the box office alone. Roughly one half of most theaters' income is attributed to box office revenue and the rest comes from philanthropic sources. This compilation of essays presents the history and current state of philan-thropy in the theater. The book documents the roles and influence of theater funders, their backgrounds, motivations, policies, limita-tions, successes, and failures. It presents a broad range of theater funders from individuals to corporations to foundations. Schanke and the sixteen contributing writers provide the background for anyone interested in the history, development, and future of the American theater, its funders, and the roles that they play.