*Written for MSPS by Ally Kwun*

*Eighty-three percent of of all (Broadway) tickets were purchased by Caucasian theatregoers.*

Bam.

What do you think of that?

That statistic is part of The Broadway League’s annual report on demographics of their audience from mid-2010 to mid-2011. There were many other interesting points that they made, such as that 65% of theatregoers were female, that 62% were tourists, and for those over 25 years old, 78% of them had completed college and 39% had a graduate degree.

So we know that the majority of Broadway theatregoers are white, female, not from NYC (booo) and well-educated.

What are the implications of *that*?

(Those are just the things *I *thought tickled my brain. Here’s the report so you can pick and choose your own: http://www.broadwayleague.com/

I think this all comes down to WHY IS DIVERSITY IMPORTANT IN THEATRE? Is it necessary? Is it the same issue as diversity in general? Is diversity in theatre *possible*?

All important questions I have no idea how to answer. And like all things I don’t know what to do with, I google it.

Here is what I found:

The Greater-White-Than-Ever Way

Sh*t White Theatremakers Say

More Sh*t White Theatremakers Say

Okay, then. Let’s Really Talk About It.

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