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Actors Shakespeare Project

 191 Highland Avenue, Suite 2B
 Somerville, MA 02143
[P] (617) 776-2200 x 225
[F] (617) 629-3895
www.actorsshakespeareproject.org
info@actorsshakespeareproject.org
Kim Dawson
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INCORPORATED: 2004
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EIN 20-0815685

LAST UPDATED: 09/14/2015
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The Actors Shakespeare Project presents Shakespeare as a playwright urgently relevant to our own times, whose plays are essential to the cultural life of any great city. We bring these plays to the audiences of greater Boston through intimate, site-specific, fully professional productions and educational programs that celebrate the relationship between actor, audience and text.

Mission Statement

The Actors Shakespeare Project presents Shakespeare as a playwright urgently relevant to our own times, whose plays are essential to the cultural life of any great city. We bring these plays to the audiences of greater Boston through intimate, site-specific, fully professional productions and educational programs that celebrate the relationship between actor, audience and text.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Aug 01, 2015 to July 31, 2016
Projected Income $1,855,870.00
Projected Expense $1,848,723.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • ASP Neighborhood Projects
  • ASP Teacher Training
  • Productions
  • Shakespeare in the Schools & Artist Residencies
  • Shakespeare Inside and Out

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Overview

Mission Statement

The Actors Shakespeare Project presents Shakespeare as a playwright urgently relevant to our own times, whose plays are essential to the cultural life of any great city. We bring these plays to the audiences of greater Boston through intimate, site-specific, fully professional productions and educational programs that celebrate the relationship between actor, audience and text.

Background Statement

ASP was founded in 2004 by a group of collaborative colleagues made up of Boston's finest actors and teaching artists.  ASP was created in the belief that vibrant, resonant, text-based, actor-based Shakespeare productions should be a part of the lives of Boston's diverse citizens.  Since 2004, ASP has produced 48 plays in over 20 unconventional venues throughout metro Boston; developed a strong roster of education and youth programs of the highest caliber; garnered outstanding reviews and awards, and grown its budget from $300,000 to $1.8 million and its subscriber base from zero to 800.  ASP has established itself as an artistic and educational force, building community within and between Boston's neighborhoods and schools, and become a distinct and valued cultural resource.

Impact Statement

Actors' Shakespeare Project works as a resident acting company, focusing on Shakespeare's resonant plays, text, mastery of verse, honesty, raw vulnerability, depth of emotion, and breadth of thought. We work in a variety of Boston area neighborhoods and strive to have major impact on the diverse citizens who live here through our productions, education and youth development work.  We work to have a significant presence and create rich, meaningful, personal experiences with Shakespeare as we work with audiences, program participants, and these communities.  ASP is a home for actors to develop as artists, a haven for meaningful artistic and education work based on Shakespeare, and a resource and partner in strengthening Boston communities.  Our work with youth is a cornerstone of our programming and includes work with the Department of Youth Services, Boston Public Schools and a wide array of partners across Eastern Massachusetts.  Our resident acting company provides a home for exceptional Boston-based artists who work on stage and in classrooms throughout the area.

Needs Statement

1. Performance Space (as an itinerant company, we are always looking!); 2. Phase 2 of ASPirations Fund for Cash Reserves;  3. Increased organizational capacity through staff growth in Development Department by 2016-2017.  4.  Strategic Plan Support to take us through Season 15; 5.  Youth Leadership program support (funding, internships and mentorships).

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Greater Boston Region-All Neighborhoods
Greater Boston, including Dorchester, Roxbury, Downtown Boston, Ft. Point Channel, Somerville, Cambridge, and surrounding area

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Theater
  2. Education - Secondary & High Schools
  3. Youth Development -

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Under Development

Programs

ASP Neighborhood Projects

ASP holds residencies and events in Boston-area neighborhoods around our productions, including Open Rehearsals, Community Night performances, workshops and adult classes (no theater experience required), student matinees, and post-show discussions.
Budget  $11,426.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theatrical Performances Presenting
Population Served Families Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults
Program Short-Term Success  Increased audiences. Increased neighborhood relationships and partnerships.
Program Long-Term Success  Increased audiences.  Increased neighborhood relationships and partnerships.
Program Success Monitored By  Audience and partner feedback; attendance; surveys.
Examples of Program Success  ASP has a track record of sold-out Open Rehearsals and high attendance for community events.

ASP Teacher Training

The ASP Teacher Institute is run in partnership with Salem State University, working with middle school and high school teachers to give them the tools to bring Shakespeare alive for their students in the classroom. Teachers use theater and Shakespeare techniques to gain a deeper understanding of what they teach, and to develop new approaches to instruction and evaluation.
Budget  $32,938.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Education
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success  Increased enrollment in institutes and increased use of artistic techniques in classrooms.
Program Long-Term Success  Increased enrollment in institutes and increased use of artistic techniques in classrooms.
Program Success Monitored By  Teacher Institutes are evaluated in two ways. First, through teacher questionnaires and a reconvene session which encourages feedback.  Second, through a faculty debrief.
Examples of Program Success  ASP's Teacher Institutes have steadily grown in popularity since 2005, with enrollment growing from 10 to 22 teachers.  ASP is now funded by both the NEA and the Boston Public Schools to include public school teachers in this Institute.  Many teachers have returned to the Institute multiple times and report fundamental changes in their teaching as a result.

Productions

ASP produces 4-5 professional Shakespeare or classic productions per season. Productions are site-specific and have audience of approximately 10,000/yr
Budget  $900,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theatrical Performances
Population Served Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

Increased audience numbers and income.  Increased racial diversity in audiences.

Program Long-Term Success 

Increase earned income from 20% of budget to 30% of budget within 2 years.

Collect, analyze & use data to develop audiences.
 
Increase subscriber base.
 
Increase audience diversity. 
 
 
Program Success Monitored By  Reviews, sales, artist debriefs, student/school engagement, data collection and analysis.
Examples of Program Success  ASP hired consultant Will Chapman in 2014-2015 to analyze our data and make actionable recommendations to increase and build audiences using our data more strategically.  ASP was invited to be part of the Barr-Klarman Arts Boston Diversifying Audiences Initiative for 2015-2016.

Shakespeare in the Schools & Artist Residencies

ASP teaching artists work in classrooms throughout the year, both in one-day S.W.A.T. workshops and in long-term residencies.
 
Whether working in classrooms alongside English teachers or as guest artists directing a full-length production, ASP's goal is always to lift the play from the page and create a personal, visceral experience of Shakespeare for students. 
 
S.W.A.T - ASP teaching artists go into high schools for a day and work with students to explore the play which the students will be attending with ASP. Tickets for the matinees are subsidized through grant funding. ASP artists then reconvene with teachers after the performance to explore the impact of the performance with their students.
 
ASP also has year-round partnerships with Boston Arts Academy and Boston Day and Evening Academy, and is developing such partnerships with Brighton High School and Lilla G. Frederick Middle School.  ASP teaching artists help to integrate arts and theater techniques into the students' daily education. 
Budget  $35,414.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theatrical Performances
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Increased use of art and theater techniques in the classroom to engage students. Increased teacher capacity to use art and theater techniques for effective education outcomes. Longer and deeper partnerships between ASP and local schools and school systems.
Program Long-Term Success  Increased use of art and theater techniques in the classroom to engage students.  Increased teacher capacity to use art and theater techniques for effective education outcomes.  Longer and deeper partnerships between ASP and local schools and school systems.
Program Success Monitored By  ASP uses a Logic Model as well as school-based evaluation rubrics which are based on State Education Standards as well as National Arts Standards.  ASP evaluates its programs through student outcomes, student and teacher feedback, teaching artist feedback, and through performance based portfolios that include performances and talk-backs.
Examples of Program Success  ASP's programs in schools have grown since 2005 from one-off visits to several year-round, multi-year residencies with middle and high schools in Boston.  These include Boston Arts Academy, Boston Day & Evening Academy, Lilla G. Frederick School, Brighton High School and others.

Shakespeare Inside and Out

Shakespeare Inside and Out programs work with a variety of partners including DYS and the Boston Public Schools.  These programs use theater techniques and Shakespeare texts as tools for creative youth development.
 
Each youth ensemble - whether in residency at a DYS facility, in a school, or in ASP's Forest of Arden Studio at Charlestown Working Theater - explores the text and characters of Shakespeare through one or more lenses: a full Shakespeare play; devised work through a collective creation process; specific skill sessions, such as monologues or playwriting; and multi-media compilations. 
 
Emphasis is placed on ensemble building and youth leadership, with young people taking on roles not just as actors but as directors, designers, and producers as well.
 
Budget  $130,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theater Arts Instruction
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
Our long term goals are also our short-term goals:
Increased artistic, literacy, social and pre-professional skills in youth. Increased civic engagement and workforce development in youth.
Development of youth-driven programming and assessment over time to grow ASP's programming.
 
Program Long-Term Success 
Increased artistic, literacy, social and pre-professional skills in youth. Increased civic engagement and workforce development in youth.
Development of youth-driven programming and assessment over time to grow ASP's programming. 
Program Success Monitored By  ASP's youth programs are tracked and assessed using our Logic Model which was originally developed in consultation with H. Mark Smith of the MCC's YouthReach program, and has since been refined through a collaborative, youth-arts sector-wide project led by the BPS Arts Expansion staff in partnership with the Barr-Klarman Midsized Arts Co-hort.  ASP also uses youth contracts which include group and individual goal setting and reflection as part of our programming.  ASP holds regular debriefing sessions with participating youth, teaching artists and partners.
Examples of Program Success  ASP's programs have been assessed also by outside evaluator Barbara S. Powell who found that over 80% of participants demonstrated increased artistic, literacy, social and professional skills after ASP program participation.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

ASP's powerful education projects use Shakespeare's works to engage our communities, build connections between people of all ages and backgrounds, and to help youth develop crucial literacy, social, pre-professional and artistic skills.  We approach each Shakespeare play as the centerpiece of an extensive project set in the host community.  ASP's production anchors a series of outreach programs for both youth and adults, informed by the production.  We work in-depth with local schools, after-school programs, and with teens under the care of the Dept of Youth Services and Dept. of Social Services.  Through long-term residencies and shorter-term projects, ASP projects work with teachers and students in these settings on text, ensemble, voice, movement, writing, culminating in a performance of Shakespeare's words and their own.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms Kimberly Dawson
CEO Term Start June 2015
CEO Email kim@actorsshakespeareproject.org
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Ms Sara Stackhouse Aug 2004 July

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Allyn Burrows Artistic Director --
Ms. Mara Sidmore Director of Education Programs, Projects & Partnerships --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Best Production; Best Actress Elliot Norton Awards 2015
Best Costume Design, Henry VIII IRNE Award Committee 2014
Shakespeare in American Communities Grant Program National Endowment for the Arts 2014
Shakespeare in American Communities Grant Program National Endowment for the Arts 2013
Best Lighting Design, The Hotel Nepenthe/Jeff Adelberg, Designer IRNE Award Committee 2012
Best New Play, The Hotel Nepenthe IRNE Award Committee 2012
Finalist - National Youth Arts & Humanities Award President's Commission 2012
National Theatre Company Grant Recipient American Theatre Wing 2012
Outstanding Design (Fringe, Small, Medium Theater) for Twelfth Night Elliot Norton Award Committee 2012
Outstanding Production (Small Theater), Twelfth Night Elliot Norton Award Committee 2012
Shakespeare in American Communities Grant Program National Endowment for the Arts 2012
Best Ensemble & Best New Script for The Hotel Nepenthe Elliot Norton Award Committee 2011
Best Theater In Boston Improper Bostonian 2011
Shakespeare in American Communities Grant Program National Endowment for the Arts 2011
Best in Boston Boston Phoenix 2010
Best in Boston Boston Phoenix 2010
Margaret Steward Lindsay Inspiration Award for Leadership Margaret Stewart Lindsay 2010
Shakespeare in American Communities Grant Program National Endowment for the Arts 2010
Best in Boston Boston Phoenix 2009
Shakespeare in American Communities Grant Program National Endowment for the Arts 2009
Shakespeare in American Communities Grant Program National Endowment for the Arts 2008
Best Director Elliot Norton Award Committee 2007
Best Production Elliot Norton Award Committee 2007
NFI All-Star Award NFI 2007
Social Innovation Forum Award Social Innovation Forum 2007
Best Actor Elliot Norton Award Committee 2006
Gold Star Award Massachusetts Cultural Council 2006
Best Actor Elliot Norton Award Committee 2005

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
National Endowment for the Arts 2008
Actor's Equity Association 2004
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Department of Youth Services, Charlestown Working Theater, Boston Public Schools, Salem State University, New England Area Theaters (NEAT), MassCreative, numerous cohorts & networks including The Boston Foundation Culture for Change Network, Barr-Klarman Midsize Arts Capacity Building Initiative, Hunt Alternatives ArtWorks for Kids Coalition, and others

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 11
Number of Part Time Staff 5
Number of Volunteers 95
Number of Contract Staff 76
Staff Retention Rate % 75%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 15
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 11
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. David Sandberg
Board Chair Company Affiliation Porter Square Books
Board Chair Term Aug 2015 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Allyn Burrows Company Member Voting
Mr. Austin Farnsworth de Besche Board Member Voting
G. Neil Harper Boston Architectural Center Voting
Denise Jillson No Affiliation Voting
Sarah Leaf-Herrmann No Affiliation Voting
Doug Lockwood Company Member Voting
Geoffrey Nunes No Affiliation Voting
Mr. David Sandberg Porter Square Books Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Board Governance
  • Community Outreach / Community Relations
  • Finance

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Fiscal Year Aug 01, 2015 to July 31, 2016
Projected Income $1,855,870.00
Projected Expense $1,848,723.00
Form 990s

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

2008 990

Audit Documents

2013 ASP Audit

2012 ASP Audit

2011 ASP Audit

2010 ASP Audit

2009 ASP Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Revenue $1,558,522 $1,266,855 $1,365,159
Total Expenses $1,272,824 $1,279,851 $1,211,829

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$350,000 $405,750 $317,500
Government Contributions $38,700 $54,500 $27,800
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $38,700 $54,500 $27,800
Individual Contributions $810,754 $377,450 $253,722
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $358,356 $345,509 $369,320
Investment Income, Net of Losses $712 $441 $300
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- $27,855 $12,745
Revenue In-Kind -- $20,000 $16,632
Other -- $35,350 $367,140

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $1,014,583 $1,037,893 $945,701
Administration Expense $191,250 $206,385 $231,805
Fundraising Expense $66,991 $35,573 $34,323
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.22 0.99 1.13
Program Expense/Total Expenses 80% 81% 78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 6% 4% 6%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets $610,703 $274,145 $349,011
Current Assets $576,846 $220,695 $345,068
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 --
Current Liabilities $152,279 $101,419 $163,289
Total Net Assets $458,424 $172,726 $185,722

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 3.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose ASP successfully ran the ASPirations Fund from 2011-2015. The aim was to provide support to our actors and to crucial initiatives including The Actors' Fund (for competitive actor salaries), The Education Initiative (innovative programs that engage youth in a powerful experience of Shakespeare), The Capacity Building Initiative (to keep ASP strong, strategic, and sustainable), The Reserve Fund (to ensure smooth operations in uncertain times), and The Special Projects Fund.
Campaign Goal $600,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates Aug 2010 - July 2015
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $600,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 3.79 2.18 2.11

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's audited financials.

Documents


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