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SpeakEasy Stage, Inc.

 539 Tremont Street
 Boston, MA 02116
[P] (617) 482-3279
[F] (617) 482-3280
http://www.speakeasystage.com
info@speakeasystage.com
Jeff Kubiatowicz
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INCORPORATED: 1992
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EIN 22-3230841

LAST UPDATED: 11/03/2015
Organization DBA SpeakEasy Stage Company
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

SpeakEasy Stage Company's mission is to stage Boston premieres and champion local talent. We connect Boston audiences and artists by producing relevant, intimate and surprising theatre. SpeakEasy leads a courageous, compassionate and open-hearted theatre community that develops local talent and reflects the vibrance and diversity of our city.

Mission Statement

SpeakEasy Stage Company's mission is to stage Boston premieres and champion local talent. We connect Boston audiences and artists by producing relevant, intimate and surprising theatre. SpeakEasy leads a courageous, compassionate and open-hearted theatre community that develops local talent and reflects the vibrance and diversity of our city.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2015 to June 30, 2016
Projected Income $1,743,314.00
Projected Expense $1,729,797.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Boston Premieres of Plays and Musicals

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Overview

Mission Statement

SpeakEasy Stage Company's mission is to stage Boston premieres and champion local talent. We connect Boston audiences and artists by producing relevant, intimate and surprising theatre. SpeakEasy leads a courageous, compassionate and open-hearted theatre community that develops local talent and reflects the vibrance and diversity of our city.


Background Statement

SpeakEasy Stage Company was founded in 1992 by current Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault in order to fill the need for fresh and innovative programming in the Boston’s theatre community and to provide greater opportunities for Boston-area artists.

Since 1996, SpeakEasy has been a Resident Theatre Company at the Boston Center for the Arts, recognized as such by the BCA for our "outstanding artistic quality, growth and extensive community service." Since 2007, SpeakEasy has been the Pavilion Resident Theatre Company at the BCA, honored for "providing an essential source of stable income as the anchor tenant of the Roberts Studio Theatre." We are also the recipient of the 2008 Theatre Hero Award from StageSource, the Greater Boston theatre alliance organization. We received this award for our “dedication to nurturing and supporting Boston area theatre artists” and for our “leadership and inspiration to the theatre community of Greater Boston.”

Last season SpeakEasy was named Best Theater Company in Boston for 2014 by The Improper Bostonian Magazine. Currently celebrating its 24th season, SpeakEasy continues to produce high-quality, successful programming while nurturing Boston artists, administrators, and audiences. We look forward to continued success as we prepare for our 25th season of Boston premieres.


Impact Statement

We work to fulfill our mission through three principal programs: producing a mainstage season of Boston and world premieres, providing professional development opportunities for students and early career professionals, and audience engagement activities. Through these programs, we make Boston's South End neighborhood an artistic and cultural destination, keep vibrant, high-quality theatre thriving in Greater Boston, and provide jobs for hundreds of locally-based artists, actors, designers, directors, and technicians annually.

Needs Statement

Individual Donations

Corporate Sponsorships

Dedicated Volunteers

Off-site production storage and project space

 

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.
Massachusetts-All Regions
Boston, South End, 02116, Greater Boston Area, Massachusetts, New England

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Theater
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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

Boston Premieres of Plays and Musicals

SpeakEasy’s season runs September through June.

peakEasy's season runs September through June and includes five mainstage productions, each playing five to eight weeks. Performances are staged at the Nancy and Edward Roberts Studio Theater and the Virginia Wimberly Theater in the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts in Boston's South End and serves an audience of 31,072 patrons annually.
Our mainstage shows this season are:
appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, playing from 9/12/2015 - 10/10/2015; New England Premiere
Casa Valentina by Harvey Firestein, playing from 10/24/2015 - 11/28/2015; New England Premiere
Violet by Brian Crawley & Jeanine Tesori, playing from 1/9/2016 - 2/6/2016; Return/New England Premiere
Bootycandy by Robert O'Hara, playing from 3/12/2016 - 4/9/2016; New England Premiere
Dogfight by Benj Pask, Justin Paul & Peter Duchan, playing from 5/7/2016 - 6/4/2016; Boston Professional Premiere
Additionally, we also serve our mission through audience engagement activities, professional internships and fellowships, a new initiative in new works that reflect the vibrance of our city called The Boston Project, and our Student Matinee Series.

 

Budget  $1,729,797.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theater
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 
SpeakEasy is now celebrating its 24th season and continues to produce high-quality, successful programming while nurturing our artists, administrators, and audiences. SpeakEasy has been the largest producer of theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts and in the South End community for over a decade and now serves more than 32,000 audience members with 27-30 weeks of programming each season. We continue produce socially relevant shows that incite conversation and enrich the lives of those who attend, making us one of the most prominent theater companies in the Greater Boston area. SpeakEasy is committed to hiring and retaining top Boston talent, thereby building an artistic home and ensuring Boston is a cultural hub.  
Program Long-Term Success  SpeakEasy is the only theater company in Boston dedicated to presenting premieres of new musicals and plays to Boston audiences, most of whom would not otherwise be able see these new works. Our new play development program is putting us on the map nationally as we gain recognition and partnerships with talented playwrights whose work we hope to send on to future success at other theatre companies. This season has grown to include six mainstage productions and features two world premieres written by Boston playwrights, three New England premieres and one Boston premiere. Other notable premieres from the past decade include the New England premieres of “Red,” “Next to Normal,” “Tribes,” “The History Boys,” “Clybourne Park,” and ‘Bat Boy: the Musical.”
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Examples of Program Success 
SpeakEasy’s artistic success has garnered us front-page press, television visibility, and numerous theater awards over the past two decades. Last season, were nominated for six Elliot Norton Awards and won two for “Tribes” (Outstanding Actress and Oustanding Production by a Midsize Theater). We were also nominated for 20 IRNE Awards and won four. In the past two seasons, SpeakEasy has won dozens of Elliot Norton Awards and Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards including the 2014 Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence which was presented to Producing Artistic Director, Paul Daigneault. We take this as a strong endorsement of our artistic integrity and our relationship with our patrons, artists, and supporters.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director M Paul Daigneault
CEO Term Start July 1992
CEO Email pauldaigneault@speakeasystage.com
CEO Experience

Paul Daigneault is the Producing Artistic Director and founder of SpeakEasy Stage Company. He received his BA in English and Theatre from Boston College in 1987. He subsequently studied directing with Bob Moss, founder of Off-Broadway's Playwright's Horizons. While in New York City, Paul worked as the Education Coordinator and Asst. Production Manager at Second Stage Theater. It was Second Stage’s intimate setting that inspired Paul’s vision for SpeakEasy.

This season, Paul will direct SpeakEasy’s productions of Next to Normal and Xanadu. His directing highlights from the past two seasons at SpeakEasy include: Nine; Body Awareness; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; [title of show]; and The Savannah Disputation. Paul’s work at The Boston Conservatory includes teaching Junior Musical Theater and the Senior Directing Emphasis. In 2007, Paul was honored with the Boston College Arts Council’s Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement, and this season, Paul is back at Boston College serving as the 2011-2012 Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J., Professor in Theatre Arts.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. Jeff Kubiatowicz Director of Development --
Mr. Paul Melone General Manager/Production Manager --
Mr. Jim Torres Director of Marketing, Press, and Public Relations --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Best Theater Company Improper Bostonian 2014
Boston's Best Production--"Next to Normal" Improper Bostonian 2012
Outstanding Musical Production--Small/Midsize Theater: "The Drowsy Chaperone" Boston Critics Association Elliot Norton Awards 2012
Outstanding Production--Midsize Theater: "Red" Boston Critics Association Elliot Norton Awards 2012
Outstanding Design--Midsize, Small, or Fringe Company: "Adding Machine: A Musical" Boston Critics Association Elliot Norton Awards 2010
Outstanding Musical Production--Small/Midsize Theater: "Adding Machine: A Musical" Boston Critics Association Elliot Norton Awards 2010
Outstanding Production--Midsize Theater: "The Savannah Disputation" Boston Critics Association Elliot Norton Awards 2010
Boston Theatre Hero Award StageSource 2008
Boston's Best Fringe Theatre Improper Bostonian 2005
Boston's Best Fringe Theatre Improper Bostonian 2004

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
Actor's Equity Association --
Boston Center for the Arts --
Theatre Communications Groups - Constituent Theatre --
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

Please refer to our program description.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Paul Daigneault's official title is Producing Artistic Director, not CEO/Executive Director.

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 7
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 43
Number of Contract Staff 125
Staff Retention Rate % 83%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 8
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 6
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Alex Baker
Board Chair Company Affiliation John Snow, Inc.
Board Chair Term July 2013 - June 2016
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Alex Baker Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Pat Cogan Accounting Management Solutions, Inc. Voting
Mr. Paul Daigneault SpeakEasy Stage Company Voting
Ms. Kerry A. Dowling WS Development Voting
Mr. Mark Haddad Haddad Hakansson LLC Voting
Mr. Mark Hickey Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Will Korman Rudolph Friedmann LLP Voting
Ms. Melissa Langa Bove & Langa, PC Voting
Mr. Erik Ramanathan Public Health Foundation Enterprises Voting
Ms. Nancy Roberts Lesley University Voting
Mr. Stephen Root Prelude Software Voting
Mr. Barnet Weinstein Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Clea Winneg Community Volunteer 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
Jack Aber Boston University NonVoting
Michael Appell Brandeis University International Business School NonVoting
Gene Bauer Community Volunteer NonVoting
Jon Borus Partners Healthcare NonVoting
Gregory Bulger Gregory Bulger Foundation NonVoting
Randi Bussin Community Volunteer NonVoting
Joseph Castellana -- NonVoting
Bob Chabot Volunteer NonVoting
Chris Constas Boston College NonVoting
Stacey Constas Standex International NonVoting
Richard Dix Gregory Bulger Foundation NonVoting
Glenn Doerr Volunteer --
Zach Durant-Emmons -- NonVoting
Willis Emmons Harvard Business School NonVoting
Emily Gainor lawyer NonVoting
Betty Goldstein Community Volunteer NonVoting
Ken Hirschkind Iona Technologies NonVoting
Barry Hume Community Volunteer NonVoting
Imtiyaz Hussein Bridgespan Group NonVoting
William Kelly Nixon Peabody LLP NonVoting
Jay LeClaire Euler Hermes NonVoting
Keith MacDonald Impact Advisors NonVoting
Jeffrey Mello Rector, St. Paul's Episcopal Church NonVoting
Jackie Pascucci Drumlin Farm NonVoting
Robert Pascucci Boston Children's Hospital NonVoting
Ellen Piccioli Community Volunteer NonVoting
Brian Robinson -- NonVoting
Miguel Rodriguez Boston Baroque NonVoting
Stephen Root Prelude Software NonVoting
Steve Rosenblum -- NonVoting
James Seligman Seligman Dental Designs NonVoting
Ellen Shortell Community Volunteer NonVoting
Cornell Stinson New Profit Inc --
Michael Wartofsky Berklee College of Music NonVoting
Thomas Webber -- NonVoting
Sandra Weinstein -- NonVoting
Neal Winneg Community Volunteer NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 13
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): Other
Gender Female: 4
Male: 9
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 67%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Board Governance
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Nominating

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2015 to June 30, 2016
Projected Income $1,743,314.00
Projected Expense $1,729,797.00
Form 990s

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

2008 990

Audit Documents

2014 Audited Financials

2013 Audited Financials

2012 Audited Financials

2011 Audited Financials

2010 Audited Financials

2009 Audited Financials

2008 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $1,521,410 $1,633,914 $1,536,408
Total Expenses $1,624,145 $1,554,381 $1,419,174

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$99,677 $76,597 $75,009
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $139,827 $166,415 $124,396
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $1,144,356 $1,238,639 $1,163,997
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $136,422 $151,226 $171,793
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $1,128 $1,037 $1,213

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $1,167,156 $1,115,570 $954,619
Administration Expense $319,739 $314,345 $317,205
Fundraising Expense $137,250 $124,466 $147,350
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.94 1.05 1.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses 72% 72% 67%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 37% 32% 40%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $357,917 $212,395 $132,862
Current Assets $307,674 $206,213 $105,101
Long-Term Liabilities -- $0 $0
Current Liabilities $248,257 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $109,660 $212,395 $132,862

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
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 Income Only
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 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 1.24 -- --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
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 for fiscal years 2013 and 2014 data is per the nonprofit's IRS Form 990, with the breakout of Foundation & Corporation funding per the audit.
 
Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above for fiscal year 2012 per the organization's audited financials.

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