On Sept. 28, the Professional Non-Profit Theater Coalition (PNTC) will present an in-person briefing about the state of nonprofit theater in America. Three-time Tony Award winner and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, two-time Tony winner Phylicia Rashad and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar will speak about their experiences and the value of theater to American culture and the economy at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.
Also at the event, PNTC will introduce the Support Theater and Generating Economic Activity Act of 2023 (STAGE Act). The act proposes a new program that would provide $500 million annually in federal funding to support professional nonprofit theater industry.
According to Jess Slaught, artistic associate for the Public Theater (a member organization of PNTC), approximately 250 government staffers and leaders — including senior staff from the House of Representatives and the Senate Appropriations Committee — are expected to attend.