What are the top ten things I should know about the B Street Theatre?
- Founded in 1986.
- The only professional children’s theatre in Northern California.
- We are a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Our tax ID is 95-4047805, under our founding name, Theatre for Children, Inc.
- 16 plays produced per year (7 B Street Mainstage, 4 Family Series, 4 B3 Series, 1 Special Engagement).
- More than 900 performances per year (over 330 B Street, 330 Family Series performances, 200 B3 Series, 50 Special Engagement).
- More than 10,000 Subscribers (7,311 B Street Mainstage and 2,174 Family Series, 551 B3….OK, OK….we actually have 10,036 subscribers if you want to be exact! This means 68% of available B Street seats are filled with subscribers; 71% for Family
- Total attendance per year is over 110,000 (75,000 B Street, 25,000 Family Series and 11,000 B3).
- We serve 200,000 kids PER YEAR in 12 counties through our long-standing outreach program, The B Street Theatre School Tour. In 2013 we served students in 23 counties throughout California.
- B Street Theatre is the second largest performing arts organization in Sacramento. This year’s budget is $2.2 million.
- All B Street actors are working professionals. The company casts from a small pool of local professionals as well as from professional, union actors residing in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. Each year, the Theatre spends over $900,000
on professional talent.
What is the future for B Street Theatre?
The organization will survive in today’s competitive entertainment environment by consistently producing top-quality work and maintaining a healthy balance sheet. B Street Theatre will also educate our community, especially youth, who are the artists, technicians and leaders of the future, about the power of collaboration and the importance of creativity.
What is B Street Theatre’s financial position?
The innovation and originality of our productions are backed by sound management. Operating in the black since 1997, our annual revenues now exceed $2.7 million—more than 75% from earned revenues with the remainder from philanthropic contributions and in-kind gifts.
Tell me more about the management of the theatre?
Our nonprofit B Street organization is governed by a community Board of Directors. Producing Artistic Director Buck Busfield continues his 22 years of leadership with hands-on artistic management and extraordinary vision. Our founding director Timothy Busfield is now working as a producer and director in Los Angeles.
Why the new theatre?
For more than 25 years it has been our dream to build a performing arts center that raises the quality of our facility to the quality of our productions. With a long history of steady growth, we are now poised for expansion with a new building to house our theatres, our educational programs and our staff. True to the B Street legacy, though, this isn’t going to be just any theatre. Our project represents a new, exciting and innovative public-private partnership model – with Sutter Medical Center providing the land and the City of Sacramento providing a community reinvestment grant for project development costs.
Will you still be called B Street Theatre if you are no longer on B Street?
Yes. Our roots began at B Street and our patrons know us by that name and brand. The facility itself is called Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts but affectionately called, The Sofia, Home of B Street!
What is the design of the new theatre?
The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts, home of B Street is a 40,000 square-foot performing arts complex, to house two theatres with a total of 615 seats, lobby bistro/cafe and theatre company space owned by B Street Theatre. This mixed-use project in a contemporary architectural style is consistent with B Street’s philosophy of orginality, creativity and community-building.
Where will the theatre be located?
The new theatre will be located on the corner of 27th and Capitol in Midtown Sacramento.
How did you get the land?
The land was generously donated by Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. Sutter is dedicated to creating a healthy Sacramento in more ways than just providing medical services. Sutter and B Street both feel that exposure and access to the arts is an important part of a healthy mind, body, and community.
Will the B Street Theatre stage productions for the children who are patients at the new Sutter Women & Children’s Center?
Yes, the theatre already has a working relationship with Sutter Medical Center Sacramento to bring the theatre to children who are hospitalized. This relationship will continue once the new Women’s & Children’s Center is built.
Do you rent the theatre spaces?