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Cumberland County Playhouse

The Cumberland County Playhouse has a rich history, and is now the only major non-profit professional performing arts resource in rural Tennessee, and one of the 10 largest professional theaters in rural America.

Combining a resident professional company and a staff of 16 with more than 100 visiting professionals and a large volunteer corps, the Cumberland County Playhouse draws professionals from across the country and volunteers from a dozen Tennessee counties. Over 50% of all revenues are expended for professional artist compensation.

The Playhouse has been managed and directed by two generations of the Crabtree family since 1965.

With an annual budget of over $1,800,000, the Playhouse is among Tennessee's most sufficient arts institutions. Since its opening in 1965, 78 - 85% of all revenues have been from earned income, including funding of the construction of the original facility.

Bryce McDonald, CEO, is your host for this tour and gives you the history of the Playhouse and then literally takes you behind the scenes and explains everything that goes into making a production.

Special Instructions: This tour is limited to 15 people.

Bryce McDonald talking about costumes in the wardrobe room.