Advancement Grant: People's Light

People's Light

2016
$500,000

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Melanye Finister, Ruffin Prentiss, Michael Genet, and Margaret Ivey in All My Sons (2015). Photo by Mark Garvin.

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From left to right: Teri Lamm, Brian Huynh, Carla Belver, Julianna Zinkel, and Jesse Pennington in Auctioning the Ainsleys (2015). Photo by Mark Garvin.

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Christopher Patrick Mullen and Susan McKey in Arthur and the Tale of the Red Dragon (2014). Photo by Mark Garvin.

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Pete Pryor in Richard III (2016). Photo by Paola Nogueras.

People's Light will conduct an in-depth market analysis and develop the company's approach to diversifying its programs, attracting new audiences, and deepening relationships with existing audiences. With a 7-acre suburban campus, which includes soon-to-be expanded catering and restaurant facilities, People's Light seeks to position itself as a vibrant cultural and civic center for its region, with theater at its core. Research will investigate the area's unmet demand for a variety of programming—concerts, musical theater, speaker series, among others—that would appeal to multigenerational audiences and complement the company's primary season of main-stage theatrical productions and year-round education programs. People's Light will also develop new marketing and communications strategies to support its new programmatic offerings and will enhance customer service by establishing a department of patron and guest services that will foster sustained relationships with the public.