Walnut Street Theatre

Walnut Street TheatreNonprofits contribute dramatically to the vitality of a region, especially nonprofits focused on the arts. Ed Satell has remarked that “A city can be defined by its entertainment opportunities. Think New York, or Nashville, or LA.  Philadelphia is a great entertainment city, and part of that reputation is owned by the nation’s oldest continuously operating entertainment venue, the Walnut Street Theatre.  Progressive Business Publications is proud of its nonprofit partner, and delighted to sponsor the Spring Mainstage production for more than a decade!

Why the Walnut is so vital to the city?  It produces Broadway-quality shows in America’s oldest theater, right here in Philadelphia.  Supporting the Walnut is an investment in the region. According to the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the Walnut’s economic impact amounts to almost $60 million by bringing a large audience into Philadelphia for entertainment, restaurants, and more. Employing more local artists than any organization in the city, the Walnut is vital to the arts scene, making it possible for the talented professionals who enrich our lives to live and work in Philadelphia.

Walnut Street Theatre’s commitment to the regional community goes beyond the stage and into the schools, with education programs that tackle critical issues to students such as bullying, nutrition and civil rights. Its award-winning Outreach Programs are eagerly anticipated each year.  The various productions improve school performance and morale, build confidence and self-esteem, and bring the experience of theater to 120,000 underserved students and families all over the Greater Philadelphia region.Les Miserables

The Walnut has also played a key role in revitalizing the city – the entire entertainment industry.  25 years ago, the Walnut was the only major self-producing theater in the city.  Knowing that new perspectives would help to build a thriving arts community, the Walnut began renting studio space to small and upcoming organizations without a space of their own. These partnerships helped to jumpstart the industry and gave many companies the support they needed to eventually establish spaces of their own, most notably the Arden Theatre Company. To this day, the Walnut subsidizes rental space to ensure a vibrant and diverse arts community.