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Brio Integrated Theatre

 PO Box 29
 Winchester, MA 01890
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LAST UPDATED: 05/30/2018
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No


Mission StatementMORE »

Brio Integrated Theatre has a mission to create and perform integrated theatre through the collaboration of artists with and without disabilities. We believe that all individuals have the ability to create and that there are diverse perspectives and ways to express creativity.
Brio teaches awareness of disabilities and the infinite potential that is imaginable through integrative workshops, productions, educational programs and community outreach.
We use the arts as a means to educate and advocate for people of all abilities.

Mission Statement

Brio Integrated Theatre has a mission to create and perform integrated theatre through the collaboration of artists with and without disabilities. We believe that all individuals have the ability to create and that there are diverse perspectives and ways to express creativity.
Brio teaches awareness of disabilities and the infinite potential that is imaginable through integrative workshops, productions, educational programs and community outreach.
We use the arts as a means to educate and advocate for people of all abilities.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year June 01, 2012 to May 31, 2013
Projected Income $90,000.00
Projected Expense $50,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Bully Prevention Program
  • Community Workshops
  • Mattapan Adult Day Health Program
  • Theatre for All
  • Transition program for students with special needs from Winchester High School

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Mission Statement

Brio Integrated Theatre has a mission to create and perform integrated theatre through the collaboration of artists with and without disabilities. We believe that all individuals have the ability to create and that there are diverse perspectives and ways to express creativity.
Brio teaches awareness of disabilities and the infinite potential that is imaginable through integrative workshops, productions, educational programs and community outreach.
We use the arts as a means to educate and advocate for people of all abilities.

Background Statement


In January of 2008 the organization started as a local initiative with a theatrical workshop with local students from the public schools. The workshops were a tremendous success and were the impetus for Theatre For All, a program that continues until the present time. In 2009, the organization was registered as a 501 (c)(3) and was successful in organizing its first major event which was a pilot program with Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and their Creative Arts in Learning Department. This initiative was a collaborative project with AMICI Dance Theatre of London, a leader in integrated theatre as well the Threshold Program at Lesley University; a program that integrates students with disabilities into a college curriculum based on their needs. As part of the collaboration with AMICI, Brio also conducted a one day workshop at the Harvard Graduate School of Education which was a program funded by Phi Delta Kappa at Harvard. Since its inception in 2008, Brio Integrated Theatre has been successful serving people with disabilities in Winchester, MA and its neighboring communities. The programs expanded by including people of all abilities in all aspects of production such as filming, recording and creating. This opened the door to employment and training opportunities for people with special needs. Programs also have been conducted statewide. Based on success, Brio was invited to Beckley, West Virginia, where a program was developed for local Beckley youth. This program was funded through local community grants. Due to the success of the program Brio was invited once again to Beckley West Virginia to do a workshop series and a performance with local Beckley youth. This program was funded by the Beckley Youth Museum and a local area grant. Since its inception Brio Integrated Theatre has produced four productions featuring artists with and without disabilities. This important component of our programming helps break the myth regarding people with disabilities. Also as part of Brio Integrated Theatre’s mission for outreach, we have expanded our workshops to underserved communities in the greater Boston area. Brio Integrated Theatre continues to conduct community workshops in Winchester and we are continuously working to extend our outreach further to spread the word about integrated theatre and the infinite possibilities that are available to people of all abilities through the arts.

Impact Statement

Past year:

*Brio Integrated Theatre has increased its outreach programs free of charge to under-served communities in Mattapan, Roslindale, and Roxbury

 * A fully integrated production entitled "Ode to Dr. G" which included original music and performances by Brio performers and guest artists of different ages and abilities at Springstep in Medford, MA.

* The implementation of a bully -prevention program done in collaboration with The Transformative Arts from Maine, a leader in expressive arts education
*Secured private donors for the hiring of a part-time executive director beginning June of 2013 as an essential step for the development and structure of the organization

 *Implementation of a pilot program which included the training of three paid interns with special needs in workshop preparation and administrative skills

Goals for this year:
 *Planning, development, implementation and documentation of a full paid internship program consisting of 20 special needs students who are transitioning from Winchester High school into the community and the workforce
* The development, coordination and implementation of a bully-prevention program which uses dance and music to educate students regarding bullying. This program will be done in collaboration with the Burlington Public Schools
*Creating a full length integrated production with original music and performances by artists of all abilities. This production will be co-produced and co-managed by three interns from Brio Integrated Theatre
* Structural change to Brio Integrated Theatre by adding two new board members and employing a part-time Executive Director
*Increasing community workshops free of charge in under-served communities in the Boston area with a specific emphasis on adults with developmental disabilities and alzheimer's disease 

Needs Statement

Brio Integrated Theatre's pressing needs are:
* The increase and expansion of outreach programs to include more communities, schools and collaborative organizations state wide and nation wide to provide a broader experience for our local community. We need to continue the collaboration with AMICI Dance Theatre in London, a pioneer in integrative theater, in order to bring their expertise to the local community.
*The need to establish a permanent office and workshop space for Brio Integrated Theatre. This is critical for the Organizations growth and sustainability. Brio's workspace would offer a permanent residence for training. Continuity is a critical component to success.This will require $15,000 per year at the current stage of Brio's development.
* Strengthening the Organization by employing the Executive Director and further developing the board by adding new board members. With the increase of programming, we need to continue recruiting volunteers and to achieve these needs, we have to increase visibility through marketing, promotion and training which would cost the Organization an estimated $5000 per year.
* In order to fulfill Brio's program needs, it requires hiring specialized teaching artists and professionals which we estimate to be an additional  $6000/year 

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement

Brio Integrated Theatre has been successful in its mission of using the arts to educate the public regarding people with disabilities. For the past four years Brio has been successfully conducting community workshops free of charge with special consideration given to people in under served communities. Brio has also been successful working with schools and other organizations to implement programming that teaches both children and adults about disabilities through the arts. In 2013, Brio implemented a paid pilot internship program which creates training and job opportunities for people with special needs. For years, people with disabilities have fought negative stereotypes and have been denied equal opportunity within their communities; for this reason, Brio Integrated Theatre was created. The founding Board Members of Brio Integrated Theatre are passionate and dedicated to fulfilling Brio’s organizational goals.

As the founder of Brio Integrated Theatre, I have a deep passion and commitment to people with special needs. After teaching in special education in the United States, I moved to Egypt where I became the Executive Director of a large nonprofit, The Right to Live Association, an educational and advocacy program for children and adults with special needs. In Egypt, where services are extremely limited, I learned how education and awareness can have such a tremendous impact and can lead to significant change. In Egypt I implemented the first program for siblings of people with disabilities and started a family counseling program which continues until today. I also implemented an arts program which allowed people of all abilities to use the arts as a mode of expression. The program became a success and students from the Organization got national press coverage and were performing and displaying their work in popular venues in Cairo. In 1996, I was approached by the British Council in Cairo for a collaborative project with AMICI Dance Theatre , an integrated theatre in London, to do a program in Egypt. This program consisted of 75 people of all ages and abilities, from different parts of Egypt, mostly under served areas, in a 6 week performing arts program that would culminate with a performance. The performance took place at the small hall of the Cairo Opera House which seats 450 people. The performance was a tremendous success with standing room only. As the performers took a bow to a standing ovation that lasted five minutes, I realized the impact the arts had on both the public and the performers. The following year, I moved back home to the United States with a motivation to make the arts available to all people of all abilities. This commitment to the arts as a mode of change motivated me to study and I enrolled in a doctoral program in Expressive Arts Therapy and registered Brio Integrated Theatre as a non profit.
As a  growing organization, we do face some challenges. Brio has been operated on a volunteer basis and the organization needs to move toward a structural management model as outlined in our strategic plan by having as an initial step a part-time Executive Director and permanent office and work space. To assure sustainability of the Organization and its programs, we need to increase grants and develop more private donors.

Geographic Area Served


Organization Categories

  1. Education - Alliances & Advocacy
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Theater
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Bully Prevention Program

In 2012, Brio collaborated with the Transformative Arts in a bully prevention program to teach students of all abilities to face down bullies. The goal of the Bully Prevention program is to provide students with strategies to prevent bullying. The program included 35 participants from Metro Boston and was again repeated due to demand in 2013.  Ten U.S. studies have been conducted on the connection between bullying and developmental disabilities and all found that children with disabilities were two to three times more likely to be bullied. (Pacer 2012) Due to the significant numbers of bullying incidents in schools, we can address this issue through the arts for students of all abilities. In September 2013 Brio will collaborate with Stage One productions to implement a bully prevention program by creating a “flash mob”  in a school cafeteria.The program will be implemented in collaboration with Burlington Public Schools.

Budget  $6,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

The short term success or immediate results will be the visible impact of the “flash mob” on the students, especially that this performance has an element of surprise; taking place in the cafeteria where bullying often occurs. The immediate discussion with the students after the performance will give students the opportunity to understand the negative impact of bullying and learn possible strategies for prevention.

Program Long-Term Success 

With concentrated efforts on bully prevention we can stop bullying in schools. Current researchers advocate for school-wide prevention programs that promote a positive school and community climate. Such programs require the participation and commitment of students, parents, and educators.  Children need to be provided with strategies to understand the bullying cycle. The ultimate success would teach children and adults that bullying requires a change in school culture and community and requires that we focus on prevention. Since bullying behavior is something that is developed over time, we need to go to the sources which are the students themselves and their environment. By focusing on developing positive cultures in school, where every child gets a chance to gain the social/emotional learning and character development they need to not only function in school, but succeed in life, we are taking steps to build an environment where bullying isn't tolerated.

Program Success Monitored By 

·         *The program will be documented on video from beginning to end which will be a useful educational and assessment tool

·        * Interviews with participating students will be conducted before and after the program

·         *Assessments will be conducted by Burlington school administration and teaching staff

·         *Assessments will be conducted by Bro Integrated Theatre staff

Examples of Program Success 

The bully prevention pilot programs by Brio Integrated Theatre and The Transformative Arts conducted to date demonstrated the importance and effectiveness of providing an educational and accessible program that addresses bullying. The integration of the arts in the programs allowed participants to understand the issue while actively participating and enjoying the experience.

Community Workshops

The community workshops are an opportunity for people of all abilities in a given community to participate in a process that incorporates physical and verbal elements for expression. However, it is not just movement, but it includes elements of character, narrative, relationships and interaction between performers. The workshops enhance individual creativity and allow the participants to be creators.

The community workshops are integrated because we work with performers of all abilities and because we integrate various art forms to express and understand thoughts and feelings. Our workshops are meant to accommodate people of all abilities and the fact that the workshops are free of charge makes the program more inclusive.

Budget  $5,000.00
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Civil Rights
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Program Short-Term Success 

The immediate outcomes of the community workshops are positive effects on the participants. According to research, engaging in community activities facilitates the intellectual, physical and social growth of people with disabilities and contributes to building friendships and relationships. (Washington, 2007) Past research has shown that people with disabilities cannot participate in society because of institutional inequality, physical barriers and discriminatory social policies, attitudes and behaviors.(Hammel, 2006) The community workshops have been successful because they break these societal inequities and give a fair and equal opportunity for participation in a community event with their peers. Success is also apparent because these workshops involve families, teachers, professional and local artists that enthusiastically participate in community workshops because they have had an immediate impact on them.

Program Long-Term Success 

A major change that will result from a community workshop is community integration for people with disabilities. This occurs through the participation in activities in the participants respective communities and when assimilated with their able-bodied peers. Community workshops are fully integrative because people of all abilities are actively participating with others in the group. Finally, community integration is a human right according to the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights. “ensure(s) that the disabled child has effective… recreation opportunities in a manner conducive to the child’s achieving the fullest possible social integration and individual development, including his or her cultural and spiritual development” (U.N. High Commission for Human Rights,1997) These workshops will permeate to the local community. It is through the local community that these barriers and inequities will be addressed.

Program Success Monitored By 

The community workshops are all filmed and documented. These videos are used for educational purposes and are a useful tool for teaching artists and staff. After each community workshop we interview participants and all stake-holders in the event so that we know what worked for a particular group and what may be needed for a future workshop.

The Brio website is also a valuable tool for measuring success. The website spreads the word about Brio activities, has an archive of photos and videos and is a platform for discussion and inquiries. The e-newsletter which goes out to our mailing list is also available each month on the website giving people the latest news about Brio. Through the website there has been a 30% increase in the number of subscribers to the e-newsletter. 

Examples of Program Success 

*In 2009, Brio Integrated Theatre was invited to do a community workshop at the Margaret Shea Adult health program in Mattapan which is a program that works with adults with developmental disorders and Alzheimer's disease. Since then, Brio has conducted workshops on a regular basis at the center and has developed a separate program for this population due to the success of the initial community workshops.

*The number of participants in community workshops has increased and we reach full capacity for workshops.

*The number of community workshops from 2011 to 2012 has increased from 6 to 12 community workshops per year.

Mattapan Adult Day Health Program

In 2009, Brio Integrated Theatre conducted a community workshop for adults with developmental disabilities and dementia at the Margaret Shea Adult Day Health Program in Mattapan, MA. The Executive Director felt that their clients needed more programs that would initiate participation in a given activity and create a sense of community for the group. Brio conducted the workshop and it was a tremendous success. The following month Brio was asked to do another workshop at the Center. Brio conducted three more workshops that year. Due to the demand for the program, Brio developed a program specifically for the Mattapan Adult Day Health Program where Brio conducts one workshop per month and teaches staff at the Center how to lead a workshop. The workshops help clients socialize and express their feelings which for most them is not an independent skill. Activities are most successful when based on an individual's skills, interests, physical abilities, level of socialization and therapeutic benefits. The arts have a special place in maximizing cognition in dementia, with people continuing to respond aesthetically and imaginatively even as other abilities decline. The program provides a socially accessible intervention; a normal activity that the client and their support staff can do together and that adds to the quality of both their lives.

Budget  $4,000.00
Category  Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other Alzheimer Disease
Population Served Adults Elderly and/or Disabled
Program Short-Term Success 

The immediate outcomes of the program are directly reflected in the clients at the center. Since the beginning of arts integration in the program, support staff and families have noticed changes in behavior and desire from the clients to participate in other community activities. The staff at the Center has reported that after a workshop session they feel their client’s sense of confidence is boosted and they are generally happier. Findings in recent research suggest that cognitive stimulation has a beneficial effect on the memory and thinking of people with dementia and that they were reported to communicate and interact better than previously. (Woods, et. al. 2011)

Program Long-Term Success 

A major change that will result from this program is the increase in awareness and a change in mindset of support staff and people in the local community of the clients. The goal is to challenge people with dementia, help them lead a fulfilled and social life as long as possible, help them get their sense of dignity and identity back through the integration of arts in their daily lives.

Program Success Monitored By 

Unlike other workshops, these are not filmed in order to assure the client’s privacy. After each workshop the support staff is asked to write a report on what they observed in their clients behaviors and interactions after the training. We also interview clients to ask if they enjoyed the workshops and what they would like for future workshops. In our experience, the client interviews have been extremely helpful because we have learned that in at least 60% of the time, clients remember the workshops and ask for specific activities that they have enjoyed and want to repeat.

Examples of Program Success 

·        * The program is doing well because Brio was asked to increase the number of workshops and staff training

·      * Each workshop the clients are eager to participate and ask when the next one will be

·        * Exercises during the workshops spark memories for clients and they reflect on past achievements, skills and events in their lives

·         *Clients who were not willing to participate in earlier workshops decided to engage as they became more familiar with the program

·         *Support staff at the center are also engaged in the workshops and continue with similar activities independently

Theatre for All

The overall purpose of this program is to confront myths and stereotypes regarding people of different abilities through the arts. Theatre for All consists of four integrated theatrical workshops and a final community performance. Although this program is led by qualified teaching artists and performers, the participants of the program take part in all aspects of production such as filming, music, lighting, scenery, costumes and the creation of performance pieces. Theatre for All participants are given every opportunity to explore how they can become part of the creative process. The goal of this program is to make a joint collaboration between the participants and the artist leaders in order to produce a truly integrated, inclusive and entertaining performance.

Budget  $5,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theatrical Performances
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 

The immediate short-term success and impact of this program is the response from participants, teaching artists and the audience. The 2012 Theatre for All performance, Ode to Dr. "G” had an audience of 130 people. Since the last performance, the registration for community workshops has increased by 50% and registration for Theatre for All in 2013 has nearly reached capacity.

Program Long-Term Success 

As a result of this program, residents of the community as well as participants will have a changed outlook regarding disabilities. Theatre for All will continue to have an enormous impact on the community through the participation and inclusion of people of all abilities in a major community event. It is an invaluable educational opportunity for students, educators and residents to explore their own creativity and learn about disabilities as well. More importantly, it will empower people of all abilities and help create a community that is representative of all.

Program Success Monitored By 

Throughout the process of production, Theatre for All is filmed. These videos are used to review how the pre-performance workshops were conducted and are a valuable tool to review the process from beginning to end. Also, during the workshops we ask teaching artists to monitor and record their process so it can be reviewed post-program. This helps us to evaluate strengths and weaknesses. Each participant is asked to either answer a questionnaire or do an interview so we can have a comprehensive picture of their personal experiences. We also ask our audiences randomly to fill out a survey of the final performances with comments and recommendations.

Examples of Program Success 

Since the inception of the program, requests for the implementation of Theatre for All have increased. The program went to Beckley, West Virginia through collaboration with the Beckley Youth Museum in 2009 and was requested to do another program in 2010 which was made possible through a $10,000 area grant.

Also in 2010, Brio collaborated with the Boston Public Schools in a Theatre for All production entitled "Freedom is Humanity" done in collaboration with The Old South Meeting House and funded through the museum's "Partners through Public Dialogue" series. In 2011, the program took place in Winchester, MA at the Next Door Theatre and was funded by local community grants. In 2012 Theatre for All took place at Springstep in Medford, MA with students from Berklee school of Music and performers of all ages and abilities from the greater Boston Area. 

Transition program for students with special needs from Winchester High School

Young adults with disabilities need help in today's competitive job market where they are competing for  jobs with experienced job-seekers with college degrees. High school transition planning includes exploring post-secondary opportunities and employment options which we at Brio  will offer. Brio will implement a three year internship program for students with special needs from Winchester high School. The program will give students an opportunity to learn and explore skills that are required to find work.  Finding the right job is not easy and doing so is even more difficult for those who lack adequate training or face special challenges.  Many of these young adults are unprepared for adult life and need assistance finding work, socializing and accessing community resources. With proper training, young adults with disabilities will be equipped with the right skills to enter the workforce. Brio will implement this program in collaboration with Winchester High school in September 2013.

Budget  $90,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Vocational Education
Population Served Other Health/Disability Elderly and/or Disabled College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Since September of 2012, Brio Integrated Theatre has been training three students with special needs at different skills depending on the students’ abilities and preferences. These students are part of a paid internship pilot program and work 4-6 hours a week while attending classes at the high school. This small pilot program has been working tremendously well. For September of 2013, Brio has agreed with Winchester High School to train five students who are transitioning from high school each for a three month paid internship. Brio will work with Winchester High School as part of the vocational assessment team of the student. By the end of September of 2014, we will pay and train 20 special needs students in job skills.  We believe that this program will prepare students for post-secondary opportunities, career training options, economically viable careers, and healthy, productive lives.

Program Long-Term Success  Schools rely on special education teachers to implement transition planning services; however due to increased workloads and inadequate training, this does not always happen. The goals are to increase the number of training and work opportunities for students transitioning from high school. The active inclusion of students in their own transition planning with their schools, will give students with disabilities “the opportunity to reach their full potential and to lead lives as participants in the political and social life of the Commonwealth and as contributors to its economy” (G.L. c.69) Ultimately, schools need to prepare students for the workforce by giving students the knowledge and skills needed to find and maintain a job. A successful school to work transition program includes a vocational assessment that integrates a variety of school and community agency personnel into the assessment process.
Program Success Monitored By 

The tools used to measure the success of the program include:

* Interviews and questionnaires from the interns themselves

*Assessment reports from each intern’s respective job coach

*Assessment reports from school staff that is part of the student’s transition team

* Follow-up with potential employers and success rate

 *Evaluation will be completed for the program from September 2013 to September 2014  in order to improve efficiency for the following year

Examples of Program Success 

·         The high school transition team is in constant contact with Brio awaiting space in the program for new training opportunities

·         The interns in the pilot program are successful and have a strong incentive  to continue training

·         Each of the interns in the pilot program has succeeded in creating and developing new skills that will help them when looking for work

·         Reports from the intern’s teachers, job coaches, families and others in the community have all been extremely positive

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Funding is the major challenge facing Brio. Brio Integrated Theatre’s desire is to expand the number, breadth and depth of the programs offered. In order to achieve this, we would need to increase funding. Also, since Brio’s inception, we have offered community programs free of charge making them inclusive and accessible to all. We have spent time training and researching as a Board to develop private donors and to increase our awareness of grant opportunities. Other opportunities include the collaboration with larger organizations and entities that have the ability to help fund our programs. Each year we increase our collaborations and it has been a successful approach to program funding.



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Sahar Ahmed
CEO Term Start Mar 2009
CEO Email
CEO Experience
Sahar's educational background is in psychology and education. Her undergraduate degree is in psychology and her M.A. is in counseling psychology. She is currently enrolled in a Ph.D program in Expressive Arts Therapy. She has completed her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Expressive Arts and is currently working on her thesis. Sahar also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management.
Sahar started her professional career  working as an assistant teacher for children with emotional disabilities at Mclean Hospital in Belmont and then  became a special education teacher for the Arlington Public Schools. Sahar then traveled to Cairo, Egypt where she became the Executive Director of The Right to Live Association; a large nonprofit that works in advocacy and education for children and adults with special needs. While in Egypt, sahar developed a family counseling program for families of children with disabilities and an integrated arts program which was done in collaboration with the British Council in Cairo. She also was part of a team of consultants who were asked to write a proposed educational plan for special needs students in Egypt's public schools. Sahar came back to the United States in 2004 where she worked as an educational consultant and in 2009 she founded and registered Brio Integrated Theatre as a nonprofit organization. 
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
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External Assessments and Accreditations

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Brio Integrated Theatre has been jointly working with schools, organizations and other entities that support its mission through collaborative programming. These collaborations help the Organization to grow due to a broader reach. Also, it helps Brio achieve its goal of educating different communities regarding disabilities and how we can use the arts as a medium for teaching and learning.


Winchester Public Schools

Boston Public Schools

Burlington Public Schools

British School of Boston

Beckley W.V. Public Schools

Lesley University

Harvard University School of Education

Berklee School of Music

Northshore Community College


Amici Dance Theattre of London

Transformative Arts of Maine

Beckley Youth Museum, W.V.

Old South Meeting House

Alianza Hispana

Margaret Shea Adult Day Health Program

Winchester Multicultural Network

Winchester Disability Access Commission
 NextDoor Theatre

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Brio Integrated Theatre implemented a strategic plan in March of 2011. Since then, the Organization has implemented many of the recommendations of the plan specifically in programming,collaboration with other entities and outreach activities. In 2013, the Board will review the strategic plan and make recommendations for 2014, when a revised strategic plan will be proposed along with a fundraising plan.

Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 10
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

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


Board Chair Ms. Sahar Ahmed
Board Chair Company Affiliation private consultant
Board Chair Term Feb 2009 - May 2013
Board Co-Chair Mr. Leon Awerbuch
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Leading Edge Technologies
Board Co-Chair Term May 2009 - May 2013

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
sahar Ahmed Brio Integrated Theatre Voting
Leon Awerbuch Leading Edge Technologies Voting
Enid Alexis Brooks Higher Journeys Voting
Adam Fahim Consultant Voting
Sawsan Galal The Ambrosia Inn Voting
Susan Walker Ladd The Carroll School Voting
Sonia Rollins Exit Real Estate Voting
Cecilia Saulnier Boston College Voting

Constituent Board Members

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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Derek Brooks Inside Cable, Inc. NonVoting
Fatma Elshobokshy IT consultant NonVoting
Dina Fahim Consultant NonVoting
Salwa Galal Consultant NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 4
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 6
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 90%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Brio Integrated Theatre since its inception has been a voluntary organization. Since the beginning, the Board of Directors have been a dedicated group working hard to secure the organization by giving it a solid structural foundation. In the past two years, Brio's programs have increased in number and in scope and there are multitudes of opportunities for collaboration with other organizations or entities with similar goals. It became apparent that with the increase in programming and outreach activities that the Organization could not expand functioning solely on a volunteer basis. In 2011, the Board voted unanimously to hire a part-time Executive Director. In 2012, the Board of Directors were able to secure funding for this position for three years. The role of the Executive Director is key in building organizational capacity and providing sustainability for the Organization.

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2010 (%)

Fiscal Year June 01, 2012 to May 31, 2013
Projected Income $90,000.00
Projected Expense $50,000.00
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Audit Documents

2012 Brio Balance Sheet

2011 Brio Balance Sheet

2010 Brio Balance Sheet

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Total Revenue $14,253 $15,900 $8,050
Total Expenses $14,823 $12,829 $9,725

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$3,500 $5,600 $3,050
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $10,753 $10,300 $5,000
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Program Expense $12,300 $11,000 $8,000
Administration Expense $2,023 $1,279 $1,325
Fundraising Expense $500 $550 $400
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.96 1.24 0.83
Program Expense/Total Expenses 83% 86% 82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 4% 3% 5%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Total Assets $26,097 $23,973 $17,598
Current Assets $26,097 $23,973 $17,598
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $26,097 $23,973 $17,598

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
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? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 2010
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

As of December of 2012, the total assets for Brio of $65,311.08 includes a contribution of $20,000 going toward the funding of a part-time Executive Director for three years.

Foundation Comments

The financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's Balance Sheets, also posted above for your reference. This nonprofit files a Form 990-N or Postcard per the IRS.


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