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Susan Stroupe

Generational wealth is such a taboo subject in theater, despite being one of the biggest, most foundational factors in the direction the career of a theater maker will go. Salaries at this level are one huge reason why. Only a select elite level of young theater makers whose caretakers/parents have already and continue to support their life in so many other ways would be able to afford this in 2021, so it's just perpetuating an existing cycle of artists who are the recipients of generational wealth also being the ones who get the best opportunities to make the kinds of connections needed to jumpstart a successful career in the theater. Like many Northeast artistic institutions, the centuries of white supremacy embedded in the structures, practices, and attitudes about what constitutes a "worthy" apprentice is so clear in this position.

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