I have been wondering about the demographics of this group of young people, who usually number around 100 plus or minus (this year, it was 84). So I gathered together the resumes of the auditionees and started crunching numbers. What I found is interesting in a lot of ways. What follows is a snapshot.
- There are 100 counties in North Carolina; the auditionees come from 18 of them.
- Two counties -- Mecklenburg and Forsyth -- provide 61% of the auditionees.
- The median household income for NC in 1999 was $39,184; the median household income for Mecklenburg County was $60,608 (2nd in state), and the median household income for Forsyth County was $52,032 (8th in the state).
- The average median household income for the 18 counties who sent students was $51,514.
- Of the eighteen counties who sent students, only one was a county with a median household income below the median for NC; the two students from there attended a private college preparatory school.
- Five schools provided 52% of the auditionees; three of them are schools for the arts.
- 73% of the auditionees had some sort of arts training outside of high school; for the students who attended the arts schools, that figure rose to 91%.
- 20% of the auditionees were people of color; of those, 76% were from Mecklenburg or Forsyth Counties.
Read more at the Theatre Arts Curriculum Transformation blog: http://www.theatretactorg.