Foothill Theatre isn’t ‘quality’ enough? |

Foothill Theatre isn’t ‘quality’ enough?

A recent writer suggests there is no “quality theater company” in Grass Valley and asks for donations to start one. However, there is a professional theater in the area. It’s called The Foothill Theatre Company, and we’ve been here for over 25 years.

Perhaps the writer thinks we’re not professional enough. We have contracts with major theater unions, we employ a large full-time staff, and our audience numbers 60,000 in Nevada City, Lake Tahoe, and Grass Valley. Our budget is $805,000, we receive funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and are well reviewed in the Sacramento media, including the Sacramento Bee, News and Review, and Capital Public Radio.

The California Arts Council has ranked us “4-” (only eight theatres received higher) – the same as San Francisco’s A.C.T. (The writer says “the performance level” of a “quality theater company” needs to be “equal to theatre companies in San Francisco.”)

We have an exchange with a theater in Russia and a new play program that has garnered us additional grants. A recent premiere features a documentary, expected to play at Sundance Festival.

So what is a “quality theater company”? We must not qualify, or the writer would surely have mentioned us.

Philip Charles Sneed

Artistic Director

The Foothill Theatre


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