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Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

New Repertory Theatre produces plays that speak powerfully to the vital ideas of our time.

What we do:

  • Through the passion and electricity of live theater performed to the highest standards of excellence, New Rep seeks to spark community conversations on crucial contemporary issues.
  • Our work expands and challenges the human spirit of both artists and audiences. We present world premieres, contemporary plays and classic works in several intimate settings. Our productions are designed to be accessible to all. We are committed to education and enrichment for learners of all ages, with a special dedication to the creation of innovative in-school programming and outreach to underserved audiences. We embrace theatre as the basis for enduring connections with our community and as a springboard for meaningful civic engagement.
  • New Rep is an active advocate for the arts and a major voice in the national dialogue defining the role of theater in our culture.

Mission Statement

New Repertory Theatre produces plays that speak powerfully to the vital ideas of our time.

What we do:

  • Through the passion and electricity of live theater performed to the highest standards of excellence, New Rep seeks to spark community conversations on crucial contemporary issues.
  • Our work expands and challenges the human spirit of both artists and audiences. We present world premieres, contemporary plays and classic works in several intimate settings. Our productions are designed to be accessible to all. We are committed to education and enrichment for learners of all ages, with a special dedication to the creation of innovative in-school programming and outreach to underserved audiences. We embrace theatre as the basis for enduring connections with our community and as a springboard for meaningful civic engagement.
  • New Rep is an active advocate for the arts and a major voice in the national dialogue defining the role of theater in our culture.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Aug 01, 2017 to July 31, 2018
Projected Income $1,650,000.00
Projected Expense $1,650,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Classic Repertory Company
  • Insider Experiences
  • New Voices
  • Page To Stage
  • Spotlight Symposiums

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Overview

Mission Statement

New Repertory Theatre produces plays that speak powerfully to the vital ideas of our time.

What we do:

  • Through the passion and electricity of live theater performed to the highest standards of excellence, New Rep seeks to spark community conversations on crucial contemporary issues.
  • Our work expands and challenges the human spirit of both artists and audiences. We present world premieres, contemporary plays and classic works in several intimate settings. Our productions are designed to be accessible to all. We are committed to education and enrichment for learners of all ages, with a special dedication to the creation of innovative in-school programming and outreach to underserved audiences. We embrace theatre as the basis for enduring connections with our community and as a springboard for meaningful civic engagement.
  • New Rep is an active advocate for the arts and a major voice in the national dialogue defining the role of theater in our culture.

Background Statement

Now in its fourth decade, New Repertory Theatre has established itself as one of the Boston area’s premiere theatre companies. Celebrated for electrifying, compelling, and poignant productions, New Rep plays reflect our world and community, and regularly explore ideas that have vital resonance in our lives, here and now. New Rep shows are provocative, intelligent, and entertaining.

Historically, New Rep’s most successful productions have been probing, thought-provoking shows centered on big ideas. Examples include Imagining Madoff, The Whipping Man, The Kite Runner, Cherry Docs, Opus, The Pillowman, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, Topdog/Underdog, Quills, and No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs. Other successful shows have included some of the most beloved and popular productions such as Fiddler on the Roof, The King of Second Avenue, Assassins, Camelot, Amadeus, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Speed-the-Plow, According to Tip, The Clean House, Ragtime, Into the Woods, The Threepenny Opera, Sweeney Todd, and Waiting for Godot. New Rep’s programming has been awarded many Boston area theatre awards including 24 Elliot Norton Awards and 48 Independent Reviewers of New England Awards.

New Repertory Theatre is committed to bringing new works to the stage. Since 1984, New Rep has produced 73 East Coast, New England, Boston, or World Premieres, including works by Robert Brustein, Ronan Noone, Zayd Dohrn, Walt McGough, Deb Margolin, Matthew Lopez, Theresa Rebeck, Sarah Ruhl, Thomas Gibbons, Athol Fugard, Suzan-Lori Parks, Michael Weller, Dael Orlandersmith, J.T. Rogers, Joyce Van Dyke, Doug Wright, and Steve Yockey. New Rep is a core member in the National New Play Network (NNPN), an alliance of not-for-profit professional theatres that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays for the American theatre.

Since 2005, New Repertory Theatre has been the professional theatre company in residence at the Mosesian Center for the Arts (formerly the Arsenal Center for the Arts) in Watertown, Massachusetts. Complete with two performance spaces, the 340-seat Mainstage Theater and the 90-seat Black Box Theater, the MCA has allowed New Rep to expand and enhance its programming.

Since the benefits of the arts reach far beyond the walls of the theatre, New Rep has created educational programs to enrich and foster the spirit of creativity in students. New Rep’s Classic Repertory Company tours professional caliber productions throughout Massachusetts, with a special emphasis on bringing underserved communities affordable, or even free, performances. Annually, Classic Repertory Company reaches over 14,000 students.

Through our productions in both the Mainstage Theater and the Black Box Theater, our touring Classic Repertory Company and other special programming, New Rep has defined itself as a major organization contributing to the arts and cultural landscape of greater Boston.


Impact Statement

New Rep serves its more than 40,000 annual patrons (and more than 150 artists each season) with the highest quality artistic work. It operates with a budget of $1.6 million and a staff of 10 full-time employees. Each year, New Rep produces nine productions on two stages, two in-school productions at 50 schools, four staged readings to develop new plays, 1 World Premiere in partnership with the Boston Center for American Performance at Boston University and numerous community outreach programs to remove physical and socio-economic barriers so that all may participate in the arts. These efforts include strategic partnerships with other non-profit organizations, free performances and tickets for underserved members of the community, and American Sign Language and Audio Description services.

Our past has not only included a successful move to Watertown’s Mosesian Center for the Arts but also a dramatic growth in audience size and in mission-based programming, including a second stage series, a Summer Studio program, and a staged reading series for new plays. New Rep is recognized for its extraordinary level of artistic quality; the Boston Globe stated, “New Rep isn't just a small theater on steroids, but a legitimate midsize theater.” The Boston Theatre Critics Association have awarded New Rep and its artists with 24 Elliot Norton Awards. New Rep is a leader among theatres in Massachusetts and continues to serve a growing audience from a broad background, thanks to the artistic excellence of its productions and the success of its outreach programs.


Needs Statement

General Operating Support

 
Program support for
New Rep Productions
Classic Repertory Company - in-school, co-curriculum activities
New Voices @ New Rep - staged readings of new plays
Accessibility including performances for American Sign Language, Audio Description, upgrades to theater, and support of our T-Coil Loop System
LEAP (Lifelong Enrichment Arts Programs) - classes for adults and teens

CEO Statement

For four decades, New Rep has been dedicated to presenting works that will stimulate, inspire, and challenge our audiences and our artists. Now in our 33nd Season, we continue to achieve that goal, while providing Greater Boston with professional productions of the highest quality in one of the finest settings for theatre in the region, the Mosesian Center for the Arts, our home now for 12 years. 

The 2017-2018 Season includes shows such as Ideation, Oleanna, Man of La Mancha,The Bakelite Masterpiece, and Two Jews Walk Into A War. The plays, written by some of the greatest writers, remind us of the power of live theatre and the stories that impact our lives. We are proud of the critical praise we have received for these productions and that our artists are being recognized for their outstanding contributions. Providing our audience with quality productions of well told stories is our highest priority.

 


Board Chair Statement

New Rep's mission is to produce plays that speak powerfully to the vital ideas of our time. The work that New Rep produces is thought-provoking, intelligent, and entertaining, and reaches people ranging from those who have been subscribers for years to high school and middle school students that may have never before seen a live theatrical production.  New Rep is a testament to the strength  and vitality of the arts in our communities. 

Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Greater Boston Region-All Neighborhoods
METROWEST REGION, MA

New Rep serves audiences throughout New England and the US, but our primary audience hails from the Greater Boston area and Metrowest of Boston.

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Theater
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts Education
  3. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts Services

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

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Programs

Classic Repertory Company

New Rep's Classic Repertory Company is a proven, artistically successful outreach program that features the talents of some of the finest professional artists from the Boston area. Each season, these artists create two live theatrical touring productions of significant dramatic literature and bring them to Middle Schools and High Schools throughout Massachusetts. The program serves and develops diverse new audiences, many of whom are from underserved communities that have never seen, nor could afford to attend, a live theatrical production. Teachers have expressed excitement about the program’s achievements and how they’ve come to depend on the Tour. Before the program came along, they had been finding it increasingly difficult to provide their students with quality in-school experiences. Our program has had an enormous impact on the lives of these students and their teachers. This is New Rep’s flagship educational outreach program, and now in its 14th season, has been performed for over 88,000 students in 50 schools. The performances are supported with co-curricular activities, including study guides, workshops, and post-performance discussions. Titles for 2017-2018 are OTHELLO & TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.
Budget  $131,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theater
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  To increase the program's effectiveness, we have recently expanded in-classroom workshops at several underserved schools. These allow us to increase student engagement and provide context for the play in the lives of these students.
Program Long-Term Success 

New Rep On Tour continues to grow each season. In our first year, we reached 3500 students. Now we reach more than 15,000 students and seniors at 50 schools and community centers.

Program Success Monitored By  New Rep On Tour is overseen by our Artistic Director. Reporting and surveying is collected by our Education Associate. Reports are compiled provided to donors by our Development Manager.
Examples of Program Success  More than 43% of the 14,000 students last season had never seen a live theatrical production prior to New Rep On Tour. More than 25% of the students hail from low-income households. The Tour offers free performances to extremely underserved schools every season, based on funding levels.

Insider Experiences

New Rep invites theatergoers to catch special glimpses into the inner workings of professional theatre. The series allows insiders to explore various aspects of theatre including Post-Performance Discussions, Spotlight Symposiums, Page to Stage, First Rehearsals, and Sneak Peeks.
Budget  $1,500.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 
Short term succeess includes ticket sales, marketing support for the current show, and buzz about the next upcoming event.
Program Long-Term Success 
This program helps to expand and include the audience in the "behind the scenes" elements of New Rep.  By opening our doors to the audience, we incoude them in the process and expand our reach into our community.  Offering these free events includes all and anyone interested in the process of creating theatre.  Long term effects include future subscribers, Board Member cultivation and Donor Prospects.
Program Success Monitored By 
The number of people we reach per season and the impact the events have on their understanding of what we do at New Rep.
Examples of Program Success 
We have secured new donors, subscribers, supporters and audiences due to this program.

New Voices

For our 2017-2018 Season, New Rep has invited three playwrights to join Bridget Kathleen O’Leary, New Rep’s Associate Artistic Director, to be a part of our New Voices @ New Rep Playwrighting Fellows. For 9 months, these talented, up and coming, and local playwrights will collaborate with directors, actors, dramaturges and designers to shape and craft their plays. In June 2017, their plays will then be showcased at our New Voices Fesvital, a celebration of new work at the Mosesian
Center for the Arts. The plan for the festival is to have readings of the Fellows, followed by talkbacks with the artists involved. Following each performance attendees will also have the opportunity to listen to the playwrights discuss their plays with area designers to talk about what the world of the play would look like in a potential production. New Repertory Theatre has long championed new work, and this year we are very proud to have these local playwrights with us. It is our hope that this program can grow. In order to do that we would like to be able to charge admission to these events and also solicit funding support for future programs. However, our agreement with Actors Equity does not allow us to receive money or ask for donations unless we are paying our actors. It is also important to us that we are able to compensate people for their time and resources. We would like to opportunity to advertise this festival and create marketing materials to support it.

Budget  $2,500.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theater
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  New Rep will help fill the gap left by arts program budget cuts within schools systems thereby exposing students to the art of theatre that they otherwise would not have the chance to experience.
Program Long-Term Success  New Rep hopes to foster new works and develop playwrights to strengthen the reach and growth of theatre in our community, putting a spotlight on the vitality and importance of the art form.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  At The Learning School for the Deaf where we had visited for the very first time this season, we were able to get a certified ASL interpreter at a reduced rate because the school has such little access to arts programming. The performance we gave was free for the school due in part to the Foundation for MetroWest.  New Rep is proud to be able to offer Audio Description Services for free.  We were also very pleased that The Perkins School for the Blind had a successful fall performance of To Kill A Mockingbird (at a severely reduced fee).   Due to the popularity and the influence it had on the students, they were able to add a spring performance of Romeo and Juliet which enhanced our relationship with them and put in focus the importance of the arts on their student body.  

Page To Stage

New Rep invites true theatre enthusiasts to go beyond the insider experiences by exploring a play and all its components as it evolves from page to stage. With professional theatre artists, participants will delve into areas of storytelling, play context, creation of the design world (scenic, costume, sound, light), actors’ interpretation of dialogue, and audience criticism in this multi-session in-depth theatre survey. The 2017-2018 Season features two sessions: Fall 2017- playwright David Mamet and Spring 2018- The Bakelite Masterpiece.
Budget  $3,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success 

With New Rep Artistic Director Jim Petosa, Associate Artistic Director Bridget Kathleen O’Leary, and other New Rep teaching artists, participants will expand their understanding of the artistry involved within each element of the creative process, and gain a wider appreciation for the nuances of all components working together, leading up to a successful opening night.

Program Long-Term Success 

Audiences will learn what it takes to develop a written script into a professional theatrical production. Over five sessions, participants will learn full aspects of theatrical producing including story approach, the collaborative design process and creating the world of the play, character/story-telling between actor and director, incorporating technical elements including sound, lights, costumes, and how it all culminates in effectively connecting with audiences.

Program Success Monitored By 
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Examples of Program Success 
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Spotlight Symposiums

Theatre artists, area academics, and experts explore and discuss ideas related to the play and how they impact our world.
Budget  n/a
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theater
Population Served Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  To educate our audiences beyond what they see on stage that evening or afternoon.
Program Long-Term Success  To expand the educational components of the theatrical experience at New Rep.
Program Success Monitored By  Number of audience members and subscribers who are engaged by the symposiums along with the involvement of artists and academics.
Examples of Program Success  Patrons requesting to attend the theatre on days of the Symposiums.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Classic Repertory Company is a proven, artistically successful outreach program that features the talents of some of the finest artists in the Boston area and provides much-needed access to artistic excellence for thousands of our students in Massachusetts.Each season, CRC's artists create live theatrical touring productions of significant dramatic literature for Middle Schools and High Schools. The program serves and develops diverse new audiences, many of whom are from underserved communities and have never seen, nor could afford to attend, a live theatre production. Before the program came along, our community of teachers sought new ways to provide their students with quality in-school experiences, and they were finding it increasingly difficult to schedule these enrichment events outside of school. The program has made an enormous impact on the lives of these students and their teachers, and with individual support for the continuation of this program, I know there is much more that we can accomplish.  Over the past 5 years, we have also incorporated the senior citizen population into the program visiting several senior centers and stimulating conversations and meaningful experiences for all ages.
 
New Voices @ New Rep is an integral part of our mission, as it affords playwrights the opportunity to see their work read by professional actors for the first time. Staged readings are performed without any theatrical devices such as sets and costumes so that the audience and, more importantly, the playwright can focus on the script. Writers have the unique opportunity during readings to see their play performed so that they can return to it and develop it further. Each reading is followed by a talkback with the playwright where the audience offers feedback on the script, giving them a chance to help develop a new play.
 


 

 
 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Harriet Sheets
CEO Term Start Sept 2000
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Harriet Sheets joined New Repertory Theatre as Managing Director in Fall 2000, bringing with her experience in human resources, union contracts and negotiations, budgeting and cash flow management, as well as Marketing, Development and Special Events. During her tenure, Ms. Sheets has successfully managed the theatre’s increasing operational budget, while maintaining several years of positive net assets and moving the company from Newton Highlands to Watertown’s Arsenal Center for the Arts. Her management of the Marketing and Development departments has garnered increased growth in subscription and single ticket sales, as well as increased support for annual fundraising events and funding from corporate and foundation sources. Prior to her employment with New Rep, Ms. Sheets was the General Manager at Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT). Ms. Sheets was at MRT for nine years, where she worked as Stage Manager, Production Manager, Operations Manager, and finally General Manager. Ms. Sheets started her theatre career as an Equity Stage Manager and has worked for numerous theatres including The Opera Company with Sarah Caldwell, North Shore Music Theatre, The Wilbur, The Huntington Theatre Company, Worcester Foothills Theatre, Theatre by the Sea in Portsmouth, and the Ogunquit Playhouse. She holds a BFA from Arizona State University.

 

Co-CEO Jim Petosa
Co-CEO Term Start Aug 2012
Co-CEO Email [email protected]
Co-CEO Experience

Jim Petosa, an award-winning theater artist, educator, and leader, has been Director of the School of Theatre, College of Fine Arts, at Boston University since 2002 as well as Artistic Director of Maryland’s Olney Theatre Center for the Arts and its National Players educational touring company since 1994. He also serves as one of three Artistic Directors for the Potomac Theatre Project in Manhattan (originally in Washington, D.C.), dedicated to producing political works.

Throughout the Northeast, Petosa has directed countless plays for numerous institutions. For New Repertory Theatre, he directed The Gift Horse (2017)Brecht on Brecht (2017)Good (2016) Freud's Last Session (2016), Broken Glass (2015) Assassins (2014), On the Verge (2014), The Elephant Man (2013), Amadeus (2013) Three Viewings(2011),The Last Five Years(2011), and Opus(2010).

A member of Actors’ Equity Association, Petosa has served on the executive board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Catalyst Theatre, and the advisory board Playwrights Forum. Petosa studied drama, theatre history, and criticism both as an undergrad and graduate student at Catholic University of America.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mr. Rick Lombardo Mar 1997 Feb 2009
Mr. Larry Lane Aug 1984 July 1996

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Susan Hepler Director of Development Susan joined New Rep in the spring of 2017. Prior to working at New Rep, Sue was the Director of Mission Advancement for Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School in Lawrence, MA. She has been a fundraiser for more than twenty years and has worked for a variety of non-profit organizations and educational institutions. She has experience in annual giving programs, major gifts, donor centric special events and grant writing. She earned her B.S. in Human Development and Family Relations from the University of Connecticut and received a Certificate in Fundraising from Boston University’s School of Continuing Education. She currently resides in Tewksbury, MA with her husband, Bryson and son, Ethan.
Ms. Bridget Kathleen O'Leary Associate Artistic Director Bridget is in her fifth season at New Rep as Artistic and Education Associate. Most recently, she has directed New Rep’s productions of DollHouse(Elliot Norton Nomination, Best Production, 2011),boom,Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, andFool for Love. Other directing credits include:  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, for Summer Festival Theatre, Roxbury Latin;Aunt Dan and Lemon, for Whistler in the Dark; The Boys of Winter (IRNE Nomination, Best New Play, 2008) for BKS productions; The Devil’s Teacup (IRNE Nomination, Best New Play, 2007) at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre; and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are DeadThe American Clock,Much Ado About NothingCurse of the Starving ClassDancing at Lughnasa, and Sarah Kane’sCrave and 4.48 Psychosis, all at Boston University. In 2007, she assisted Artistic Director Wendy C. Goldberg at the National Playwrights’ Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and worked as an assistant on new plays by Rebecca Gilman and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Before moving to Boston, Bridget worked in Washington, D.C. with the Olney Theatre Center, Theater Alliance, Cherry Red Productions, Charter Theater, Studio Theatre Second Stage, and Phoenix Theatre DC, of which she was a founding member. Selected D.C. directing credits include: IndependenceParallel Lives, and the creations ofUnwrapped and Lulu Fabulous by area playwrights. Bridget received her MFA in directing at Boston University.  She lives in Watertown with her husband Chris.
Mr. Michael Duncan Smith Marketing/PR Director Michael Duncan Smith (Marketing & PR Director) joined New Rep in early 2014 after working as the Senior Marketing Manager at the Boston Center for the Arts and seven seasons as Marketing Coordinator at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre at Boston University. Mike received an MS in Arts Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management from Boston University in 2011. An avid American Revolutionary War reenactor, Mike can be seen each April on Lexington Green as a member of the Lexington Minute Men Company. A native New Englander, Mike currently lives in Lexington with his wife and daughter.

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Best New Play Pattern of Life IRNE Award 2015
Best Scenic Design, Janie Howland, The Whipping Man IRNE AWARD 2015
Best Sound Design, Edward Young, Pattern of Life IRNE AWARD 2015
Promising Performance By A Young Actor, Wil Moser, The Little Prince IRNE AWARD 2015
Best Actor in a Musical, Benjamin Evett, Camelot IRNE Award 2014
Best Actor in a Play, Jeremiah Kissel, Imagining Madoff Elliot Norton Award 2014
Best Actress in a Musical, Erica Spyres, Camelot IRNE Award 2014
Best Solo Performance, Colin Hamel, Jimmy Titanic IRNE Award 2014
Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, Roberty D. Murphy, Camelot IRNE Award 2014
Best Actor in a Play, Will Lyman Long Day's Journey Into Night Elliot Norton Award 2013
Best Solo Performance, Georgia Lyman Chesapeake IRNE Award 2013
Outstanding Solo Performance, Georgia Lyman Chesapeake Elliot Norton Award 2013
Best Actress in a Play, Bobbie Steinbach, Collected Stories IRNE AWARD 2012
Best Lighting Design, David Remedios, afterlife:A Ghoststory IRNE AWARD 2012
Outstanding New Script, Stephen Sachs, Bakersfield Mist Elliot Norton Award 2012
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS, MIDSIZE COMPANY Anne Gottlieb, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune Elliot Norton Award 2011
Best Actress (Drama), Small Theater Anne Gottlieb, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune IRNE Award 2010
Best Choreography, Small Theater Kelli Edwards, Hot Mikado IRNE Award 2010
Best Actor (Drama), Small Theater Robert Pemberton, Speed-the-Plow IRNE Award 2009
Best Supporting Actor (Drama), Small Theater Gabriel Kuttner, Speed-the-Plow IRNE Award 2009
OUTSTANDING ACTOR, SMALL/MIDSIZE COMPANY Will Lyman, Exits and Entrances Elliot Norton Award 2009
OUTSTANDING DESIGN, SMALL/MIDSIZE COMPANY Janie Howland (set), Eurydice Elliot Norton Award 2009
Rick Lombardo, outgoing Producing Artistic Director, was the recipient of the Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence Elliot Norton Award 2009
Best Lighting Design, Small Theater Karen Perlow, The Lieutenant of Inishmore IRNE Award 2008
Best New Play, Small Theater According to Tip IRNE Award 2008
Best Solo Performance, Small Theater Ken Howard, According to Tip IRNE Award 2008
Best Supporting Actor (Drama), Small Theater Karl Baker Olson, The Lieutenant of Inishmore IRNE Award 2008
Outstanding Actor, Small/Midsize Company Maurice E. Parent, The Wild Party Elliot Norton Award 2008
Outstanding Actress, Small/Midsize Company Rachel Harker, A Streetcar Named Desire and A Pinter Duet Elliot Norton Award 2008
Outstanding Design, Small/Midsize Company Cristina Todesco (set), Deb Sullivan (lighting), Jamie Whoolery (projection), The Clean House Elliot Norton Award 2008
Outstanding Production, Midsize Company The Clean House Elliot Norton Award 2008
Best Actress (Drama), Small Theater Rachel Harker, A Streetcar Named Desire IRNE Award 2007
Best Director (Drama), Small Theater Rick Lombardo, A Streetcar Named Desire IRNE Award 2007
Best Drama, Small Theater A Streetcar Named Desire IRNE Award 2007
Best Ensemble, Small Theater The Wild Party IRNE Award 2007
Best Set Design, Small Theater Janie E. Howland, A Streetcar Named Desire IRNE Award 2007
Best Sound, Small Theater Haddon Kime, A Streetcar Named Desire IRNE Award 2007
Outstanding Musical Performance Leigh Barrett, Ragtime Elliot Norton Award 2007
Supporting Actor (Drama), Small Theater Bates Wilder, A Streetcar Named Desire IRNE Award 2007
Supporting Actress (Musical), Small Theater Sarah Corey, The Wild Party IRNE Award 2007
Best Actor (Drama or Comedy), Small Theater Bates Wilder, Frozen IRNE Award 2006
Best Director of a Musical, Small Theater Rick Lombardo, Ragtime IRNE Award 2006
Best Music Director of a Musical, Small Theater Todd C. Gordon, Ragtime IRNE Award 2006
Best Musical, Small Theater Ragtime IRNE Award 2006
Outstanding Design Janie E. Howland (set), True West Elliot Norton Award 2006
Best Actor in a Play, Small Theater Todd Alan Johnson, True West, and Joe Wilson, Jr., Topdog/Underdog IRNE Award 2005
Best Actress in a Musical, Small Theater Leigh Barrett, Into the Woods IRNE Award 2005
Best Costume Design, Small Theater Nancy Leary, Into the Woods IRNE Award 2005
Best Music Director, Small Theater Todd Gordon, Into the Woods IRNE Award 2005
Best Set Design, Small Theater Eugene Lee, Topdog/Underdog IRNE Award 2005
Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, Small Theater Todd Alan Johnson, Into the Woods IRNE Award 2005
Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, Small Theater Veronica J. Kuehn, Into the Woods IRNE Award 2005
Outstanding Actor, Small Company Benjamin Evett, Permanent Collection and Quills Elliot Norton Award 2005
Outstanding Director, Small Company Adam Zahler, Permanent Collection Elliot Norton Award 2005
Outstanding Actress, Small Company Leigh Barrett, Sweeney Todd and The Threepenny Opera Elliot Norton Award 2004
Outstanding Director, Small Company Rick Lombardo, Sweeney Todd Elliot Norton Award 2004
Outstanding Musical Production by a Small Resident Company Sweeney Todd Elliot Norton Award 2004
Best Actress—Musical, Small Theater Nancy E. Carroll, Sweeney Todd IRNE Award 2003
Best Costume Design, Small Theater Frances Nelson McSherry and Christine Alger, Sweeney Todd IRNE Award 2003
Best Director—Musical, Small Theater Rick Lombardo, Sweeney Todd IRNE Award 2003
Best Lighting Design, Small Theater Franklin Meissner, Jr., Sweeney Todd IRNE Award 2003
Best Musical Direction, Small Theater Janet Roma, Sweeney Todd IRNE Award 2003
Best Production—Drama, Small Theater Waiting for Godot IRNE Award 2003
Best Production—Musical, Small Theater Sweeney Todd IRNE Award 2003
Best Sound Design, Small Theater Haddon Kime, A Girl’s War IRNE Award 2003
Best Supporting Actress—Drama, Small Theater Bobbie Steinbach, A Girl’s War IRNE Award 2003
Best Supporting Actress—Musical, Small Theater Leigh Barrett, Sweeney Todd IRNE Award 2003
Best Costume Design, Small Theater Emily Dunn, Tartuffe IRNE Award 2002
Special Citation Eliza Rose Fichter, One Flea Spare Elliot Norton Award 2002
Best Drama, Small Theater The Weir IRNE Award 2001
Best Ensemble, Small Theater The Weir IRNE Award 2001
Best Lighting Design, Small Theater Franklin Meissner, Jr., Moby Dick, an American Opera IRNE Award 2001
Best Scenic Design, Small Theater Kristen Loeffler, Moby Dick, an American Opera IRNE Award 2001
Best Solo, Small Theater Lucille Patton, Rose IRNE Award 2001
Best Supporting Actor, Small Theater Billy Meleady, The Weir IRNE Award 2001
Outstanding Actress, Small Company Bobbie Steinbach, Stonewall Jackson’s House Elliot Norton Award 2001
Outstanding Production by a Small Resident Company Stonewall Jackson's House Elliot Norton Award 2001
Outstanding Director, Small Company Rick Lombardo, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead Elliot Norton Award 2000
Outstanding Actress, Small Company Dee Nelson, Scarlet Letter Elliot Norton Award 1997
Outstanding Designer, Small Company Janie E. Howland (set), Scarlet Letter and American Buffalo Elliot Norton Award 1997

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
Americans for the Arts 2008
National New Play Network - Constituent Theatre 2004
National Endowment for the Arts 2001
Theatre Communications Groups - Constituent Theatre 1997
Actor's Equity Association 1984
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

Community Partners
Mosesian Center for the Arts
ArtsBoston
Boston University
Brandeis University
Emerson College
Harvard University / HILR
MassCreative
Northeastern University
Watertown / Belmont Chamber of Commerce
Watertown Children’s Theatre
WBUR
WGBH

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 10
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 200
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 11
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 7
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
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. Chip Phinney
Board Chair Company Affiliation Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Board Chair Term July 2015 - July 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Lillian Sober Ain Clinical Psychologist --
Ms. Ruth Budd Attorney --
Ms. Joan Gallos Wheelock College --
Mr. Jonathan Garlick Tufts --
Mr. Donald Giller Community Volunteer --
Ms. Miriam Gillitt Community Activist --
Mr. Jonathan Harris Budget and Purchasing Administrator at Town of Concord --
Mr. Stanley Kay Law Offices of Stanley B. Kay --
Mr. David Kluchman Community Activist --
Ms. Wendy Liebow Community Activist --
Ms Shari Malyn Artist --
Ms. Anita Meiklejohn Fish & Richardson PC --
Ms. Laurie Nash Community Activist --
Mr. A. W. Chip Phinney Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Voting
Ms. Pamela Taylor Community Activist --

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
Mr. James Bourdon Account Management Solutions, Inc. --
Mr. Gregory E. Bulger Philanthropist --
Ms. Judi Cantor Harvard University --
Ms. Marcy Crary -- --
Ms. Diane DiCarlo Philanthropist --
Mr. Richard Dix Philanthropist --
Ms. Jane Feigenson Clarks Companies --
Ms. C. Nancy Fisher -- --
Mr. Chris Flynn IBM --
Mr. Ralph Fuccillo Dentaquest Foundation --
Ms. BJ Krintzman Community Activist --
Mr. Ted Kurland Ted Kurland Associates --
Mr. Paul Levine -- --
Mr. Michael McCay Community Activist --
Mr. Fred Miller The Chatham Group --
Mr. Peter Nessen -- --
Mr. Daniel Newton -- --
Ms. Mary Rivet Arcadia Consulting and Social Innovation Forum --
Mr. Dan Salera Salera Consulting --
Mr. Richard Walker Federal Reserve Bank of Boston --
Mr. Curtis Whitney Whitney Real Estate & Insurance --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 14
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 9
Male: 6
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 69%
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 Yes

Standing Committees

  • Board Governance
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
  • Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

New Rep faces many of the same challenges in improving long-term financial strength as our counterparts in the region and throughout the country, as reported by Theatre Communications Group, a national service organization. While New Rep’s subscription base has remained loyal and consistent over the past three seasons, we have not shown growth in this category and even experienced a slight decline this current season. We are, however, seeing a dramatic decline in single ticket revenue. As a leading member of the Boston Arts Marketing Alliance and the Theater Arts Marketing Alliance, New Rep is consistently testing new ways to develop and retain audiences by creating added value (promotional and interview videos, using social media, sharing advance program notes, invitations to events) in order to the build on the experience of attending a production. Our current challenge is to determine the viability of our current business model and determine ways to sustain the organization’s mission-based activities.
 
One of the primary challenges to attaining the highest levels of artistic quality is directly tied to artistic compensation. As a leader in the Boston theater community, New Rep has long sought to offer competitive pay in line with regional theatres throughout the US in order to attract the best actors, designers, directors, and technical staff available.  In order to improve artistic quality and provide artists with the tools they need, several capital improvements must be made to our home at the Arsenal Center for the Arts (ACA). During construction of the ACA, budget cuts sacrificed almost the entire lighting system in the 90-seat Black Box Theater and a reduction of lighting system capabilities in the 340-seat Charles Mosesian Theater. New Rep provided the lighting system from its old home in Newton to the ACA’s Black Box Theater as a stop-gap until the ACA could raise the funds for a new system. While currently raising funds in support of its original construction loan and its current programming, the ACA is unable to focus resources toward the purchase of new equipment. New Rep’s leadership, recognizing that new sound and lighting equipment is vital to the artistic quality of our work, has accelerated the implementation of key improvements, especially in the Black Box Theater, where old equipment is deteriorating quickly, and its failure is imminent. New Rep plans to strategically address additional capital challenges in stages, through several small capital campaigns. As an initial step toward funding the necessary improvements, we have received funding from the Cabot Family Charitable Trust, the George A. Ramlose Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Cultural Facilities Fund to begin work on lighting and sound issues.  We also received funding from The Smith Family Foundation along with the Massachusetts's Cultural Council Cultural Facilities Fund for our T-Coil Loop installment. More funding is needed to enhance these and future projects.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $1,514,666 $1,840,272 $1,637,620
Total Expenses $1,538,665 $1,762,229 $1,805,112

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$110,122 $129,483 $83,659
Government Contributions $45,200 $17,945 $14,700
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $45,200 $17,945 $14,700
Individual Contributions $351,276 $416,698 $346,551
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $865,189 $1,079,383 $1,062,281
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $95,811 $151,757 $116,605
Revenue In-Kind $47,068 $45,006 $13,824
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $1,231,973 $1,434,581 $1,461,629
Administration Expense $141,619 $154,547 $141,927
Fundraising Expense $165,073 $173,101 $201,556
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.98 1.04 0.91
Program Expense/Total Expenses 80% 81% 81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 27% 24% 36%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $776,898 $766,936 $819,389
Current Assets $230,937 $248,929 $285,717
Long-Term Liabilities $130,000 $46,750 $130,000
Current Liabilities $436,058 $485,347 $532,593
Total Net Assets $210,840 $234,839 $156,796

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
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 No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.53 0.51 0.54

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 17% 6% 16%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

As evidenced in the audited financials, New Repertory Theatre ended its fiscal year 2008 with a healthy surplus of $128,000, but we were not immune to the nation-wide economic downturn in fiscal year 2009. This challenge was coupled with a transition in artistic leadership and its associated costs, as well as the subsequent postponement of a major gifts campaign. The additional expenses and the reduction of budgeted revenue, both earned and contributed, forced New Rep to make very tough choices in FY09: Productions costs were reduced without sacrificing artistic quality; one full-time and one part-time position went unfilled last season; the entire staff engaged in cost-controls and tightened departmental budgets; and staff furloughs were implemented. As a result, we were able to end fiscal year 2009 with a -$63,000 end-of-year net assets. 

In fiscal year 2010, we continued our firm fiscal management with reduced expenses and conservative income projections, along with reestablishing our Major Gifts campaign. Our efforts are reflected in the fact that we ended the fiscal year with a small operating surplus which helped reduce the deficit. New Rep’s Board of Directors and staff are finalizing a strategic plan. The outcome of a renewed 3-Year Strategic Plan will address long term sustainability through debt-reduction, increased contributed income, and new sources of earned income in several areas, including: additional non-subscription programming, productions with potential future lives, and the continued growth of education programs.  

Foundation Comments

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

Documents


Other Documents

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Impact

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

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2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

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3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

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4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

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5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

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