Open Book Theatre
We believe that financial transparency is key to igniting a conversation about the real-life cost and value of live theatre. Open Book makes our entire production budget available to you online! By doing this, you know exactly where your dollars are going; what your donation pays for and whom you are supporting. It is important to us that we encourage the ensemble part of our mission-- we pay all our artists equally and prioritize paying people over other costs.
How does this work?
Our Current Budget-- what we expect to pay for this production’s artist compensation and basic production costs only
Our Minimum Budget-- the cost of production if we pay everyone involved a Minimum Wage, according to the State of Missouri
Our Living Budget-- the cost of production if we pay everyone involved a Living Wage
How did you get these numbers?
Our Living Budget shows what would happen if we paid our collaborators a living wage (i.e. what it takes to actually pay all living expenses). We used the MIT Living Wage Calculator to estimate these totals.
Why do non-personnel costs also rise in the Living Wage budget?
As our payroll budgets rise for our collaborators, we also want to make more artistically possible for our designers. These amounts reflect an “ideal” production budget-- what it would take for an artist’s vision come to life in its entirety. Many times, in order to meet our lowest level budget, designers and directors may have to sacrifice portions of their ideal design in the name of minimum expenses.
Are these amounts concrete?
Yes and no. It is important to note that these budget amounts are all estimates. Once our production closes, we will upload a budget that reflects our actual expenses to show you how well we did (or did not do)!