San Diego Theatres (SDT) is a 501C-3 non-profit arts organization that successfully operates the Civic and Balboa Theatres in downtown San Diego. With an annual budget of approximately $8.1M, it serves over 415,000 patrons annually through arts and entertainment presentations. SDT‘s revenues come primarily from ticket sales, rental fees, ticketing and professional services fees, and donations.
The mission of San Diego Theatres is to enrich the region through exceptional performing arts and education experiences, to foster collaboration in the arts community, and to be a catalyst for economic development downtown in the arts district.
San Diego Theatres envisions San Diego as an entertainment destination providing world-class performing arts in venues with vitality and energy valued throughout the region.
The values of San Diego Theatres leadership and staff are:
San Diego Theatres’ business model has two equally-critical core elements:
INFRASTRUCTURAL SUPPORT: SDT is uniquely dedicated to operating theatres for the benefit of the community. It provides a home for non-profit arts groups, commercial presenters, and diverse community users. In 2015 there were 235 events. From opera, dance, orchestras, and recitalists to Broadway theater, concerts and comedians, the diversity of offerings exceeds all other regional performing arts venues. SDT extended $405,000 in nonprofit discounts in 2015, with nearly 50% of available time used by local nonprofits.
SDT has invested millions in capital improvements to the public venues it operates, and plans more for the future. But beyond physical capital, SDT provides human capital through a skilled staff of arts professionals. These include year-round stagehands, artisans, ushers, engineers, and ticket office staff who perform critical tasks on all performances. These also include senior managers in Programming and Client Services; Production and Facilities; Ticketing and Patron Cultivation; Engineering; and Operations who assist in managing logistics, honing costs, developing audiences, and strategizing successful event fulfillment.
COMMUNITY-BUILDING: SDT has a history of curating and presenting diverse shows. From major stars like John Legend and Lily Tomlin to international dance troupes, foodies, cinema, and journalistic blogger shows, SDT curates a season of diverse offerings aimed at empowering, enriching, and entertaining its community. In addition to this work, SDT has engaged in dialogue with its regional and national community to surface new partnerships with artists and audience, evolving its charitable priorities. These include audience development; collaborative artistic creation; adult and youth education; advocacy for a state-designated downtown cultural district; and neighborhood renewal efforts.