All I have to say so far is... WTF?
Wait, no, that's not true. I do have a little bit more to say.
In my "cliff's notes" to How Theatre Failed America I wroteabout a point Daisey was making, and that he makes again in his essay The Empty Spaces that there is an emphasis in non-profits on a corporate idea of growth heavily tied into building campaigns, and this emphasis comes at a cost of staff and sustainability.
If you doubted that this was going on, assuming the letter ecotheater published is on the level etc. we have a little microcosm of that right here. Again, according to Ecotheater:
What may be most confusing about all of this is NYTW’s seemingly unabated plans to build new scene and costume shop facilities according to LEED standards that were to be up and running sometime next year. What’s the point of having such facilities if there is no production manager, no technical director, and no costume shop manager? “The ground breaking ceremony for our LEED certified scenic/costume shop is slated for May 14th, though now there is no staff to run it,” Casselli said. “We might have to have some sort of protest about that. It is a huge slap in the face.”
This is less confusing, however, if one keeps in mind that in the move towards institutionalization, Non-profits stop investing in staff like they invest in buildings. So here we have a perfect example: NYTW is literally creating an empty space, a brand new state of the art LEED certified shop with no permanent staff to operate it. Wow. Theaters really are the pioneers of outsourcing. Can we come up with a new term for it? Maybe Artsourcing?