Charles Dillingham has been managing the finances and overseeing the marketing and administration of the Center Theater Group for nearly 20 years but this month he is stepping down. During his tenure as CTG’s managing director, he has presided over the renovations of the Ahmanson Theater and the Mark Taper Forum and the building and opening of the Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City. Like other arts organization CTG has had to cope with budgetary constraints and last year laid-off a tenth of its full-time staff of 120 employees. With tickets sales slumping for some shows and donations taking a hit, Dillingham admits that these are tough economic times for performing arts organizations but he is optimistic about the future of CTG. How are arts organizations responding to bleak economic times? What does a veteran manager of the arts have to tell us about the state of the performing arts in Southern California?
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