“Empathy is at the core of what we do as storytellers. …Every horror, every heartache, every ounce of viciousness, is caused by a lack of empathy—a lack of ability to see the person standing next to you as fully, beautifully, valuably human. You can talk about empathy all day long, but you put someone in the middle of someone else’s story, and you’ve created empathy much, much more effectively…Our entire culture is created out of stories, and stories create empathy.” (Melissa Hillman, 2015 Theatre Communications Group National Conference)
BETC’s impact on our community goes beyond wonderful and vibrant entertainment. Our work builds, nurtures, and strengthens empathy. We engage with our community through our productions and special programs. We bolster the economy. We hire local artists, technicians, and artisans, and administrators; in fact, nearly 50% of our budget goes to our artists and staff. We create revenue opportunities for other areas businesses, as 60% of our patrons visit local shops, cafes, and restaurants before/after seeing a BETC production.
This is what theatre can do. This is what BETC does. JOIN US.