More from the Ballet Beat

Throughout the past couple of weeks, I’ve sort of just found my way onto the ballet beat. I wrote one story about the Texas Ballet Theater, then continued to follow the stories that came from it. The latest story I wrote, which ran in today’s paper, is about the theater needing to raise $1 million to $1.5 million in 60 days. If the theater doesn’t raise the money, it will go bankrupt. Click here to read the story:

Threatened by bankruptcy, the Texas Ballet Theater must raise $1 million to $1.5 million within the next 60 days or it will be forced to close.

Suzanne Charriere, president of the board of directors, says the theater currently owes about $800,000 for bills and has been unable to pay the costs needed to stay in business. It is three months overdue on rent, for instance, and owes $150,000 to Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth where the company regularly performs.

“Everything just kind of snowballed,” Ms. Charriere says. “We’re just living from one payroll to the next and not getting enough money.”

Ms. Charriere cites several reasons for the company’s financial woes. One of the Texas Ballet Theater’s longtime donors who gave $1 million to the company each year, she says, stopped donating two years ago because of personal reasons. The company has also been without a development director after eliminating the position three years ago. To help raise money, the company is organizing a “Save the Ballet” campaign, the details of which are still being discussed.


Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at

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