Shaw Festival Theatre Annual Report - Shaw Festival Theatre

Annual Report

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Our Revenue Sources
Earned revenue 38%
Fundraising 33%
Government Grants – Operating 6%
Government Grants – Covid-19 Related 23%

Attendance for the 2022 Season

783 live performances of 17 productions were delivered to 170,803 attendees.
28 other performances had to be cancelled or altered to concert versions due to Covid.
In addition, 3943 Education and Outreach activities, classes and events were given to approximately 60,903 attendees.

Total 2022 attendance at all Shaw activities was 231,706

Economic Impact
The Shaw Festival is Niagara’s largest cultural charity and one Niagara’s 20 largest employers. The Shaw is a driving force of the regional tourism ecology, normally leveraging $220+ million per annum to Ontario’s cultural and tourism economy, or an average of $7+ in local and regional spend for every dollar spent with the theatre. Shaw Festival patrons visit the area for several days (on average), spending significantly on local accommodations, dining, winery visits, retail and many other tourism-related experiences.

Fast Facts

Annual Operating Budget
With a normative total operating budget of approximately $35 million per year, and over 600 employees, the Shaw Festival is one of North America’s largest charitable theatres and Canada’s second largest theatre company. In 2022, operating revenues were $35.7 million.

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