(Note: Part I: Making a living can be found here.
Let me just pause and say for the most part theater administrators are not particularly well paid. They might make more than the average artist, but I think it's important in having this conversation to try to walk away from the idea that administrators and artists are by necessity opposed to one another. In fact I think one of the virtues of Mike's piece is that it is not an attack on theater administrators, but rather on some of the choices they make and the system they help perpetuate.
The long-running practice of highly paid administrators sitting in new, multimillion-dollar facilities while actors are treated "like migrant farmworkers" has attracted some withering recent criticism from the monologuist Mike Daisey and others, who argue that status-obsessed regional theaters have failed their moral obligation to reflect their communities and provide their core artists with a living wage and a long-term commitment. Those who run theaters have responded that such an approach would limit artistic choices and does not reflect financial realities. (Emph. mine)