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Feasibility Studies

The Institute offers professional consulting and advisory services for theatres, government agencies, groups and individuals to assist in every phase of planning and producing outdoor theatre.  It frequently provides both on-the-spot and long-term assistance on a wide variety of subjects. In addition, experienced professionals from across the country, including playwrights, architects, managers, directors and designers work with the Institute to assist with such areas as:

  • Short- and Long-Term Strategic Planning
  • Script Evaluations
  • Board Retreats
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing/Promotion
  • Production and Management Reviews
  • Facility Design and Renovations

Inquire about a Feasibility Study or other consulting services for your organization.

Feasibility Studies

We look forward to hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to get to know new theatres. Our formal consultations and Feasibility Studies are usually only done for our member organizations or theatres who wish to become members. Summaries of our studies as well as our research archives are available to non-members.

Starting a new theatre is a complex series of tasks involving critical legal, logistical, artistic and managerial decisions. Likewise, building a new physical theatre requires expert advice on architecture, acoustics, customer services and backstage design. Over the past fifty years, the Institute of Outdoor Theatre has worked with scores of communities to prepare detailed and comprehensive feasibility studies prepared by teams of professional consultants in each of these areas:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Identifying and Developing Appropriate Storylines
  • Building Community Support
  • Fundraising and Marketing Plans
  • Attendance Projections
  • Preparation of Capital and Operating Budgets
  • Personnel Searches for Playwrights, Composers, Managers and Directors
  • Theatre Site Selection and Design

Inquire about a theatre planning consultancy for your organization.

Feasibility Studies

We look forward to hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to get to know new theatres. Our formal consultations and Feasibility Studies are usually only done for our member organizations or theatres who wish to become members. Summaries of our studies as well as our research archives are available to non-members.

The Institute maintains a significant historical collection of documents, photographs, recordings, scripts, scores and records pertaining to outdoor theatre. The archives are often used by members of the profession, scholars, students and media representatives for research and information.  Materials in the collection include:

  • Play Scripts and Music
  • Souvenir Programs, Production Photographs, Color Slides, Marketing Samples, Video Tapes
  • Architectural Amphitheatre Plans and Photos
  • Financial Information, Budgets and Annual Reports
  • Organizational Charters, Bylaws and Contractual Agreements
  • Theses, Dissertations, Broadcast and Print Media Coverage

Starting a new outdoor theatre

Watch a video about other outdoor theatres and how they began
How our feasibility studies work