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City Stage Co., Inc.

 539 Tremont Street
 Boston, MA 02116
[P] (617) 542-2291
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www.citystage.org
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INCORPORATED: 1974
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EIN 51-0147180

LAST UPDATED: 01/30/2015
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

City Stage Co.’s mission is to provide opportunities for urban children and families to participate in the performing arts so they can make discoveries about themselves and the world.  For nearly 40 years, the Company has created hands-on exhibits, participatory touring productions for under-served audiences throughout Eastern Massachusetts in libraries, schools, and community centers.  For 35 years, City Stage Company has brought free intensive, multi-session theater education programs to the Boston Public Schools, currently working with three schools to serve over 500 students, 84% of whom are considered low-income.  In 2000, City Stage initiated a new after school program for elementary and middle school students that has since expanded to provide programming for teens and emerging adult artists.   


 

Mission Statement

City Stage Co.’s mission is to provide opportunities for urban children and families to participate in the performing arts so they can make discoveries about themselves and the world.  For nearly 40 years, the Company has created hands-on exhibits, participatory touring productions for under-served audiences throughout Eastern Massachusetts in libraries, schools, and community centers.  For 35 years, City Stage Company has brought free intensive, multi-session theater education programs to the Boston Public Schools, currently working with three schools to serve over 500 students, 84% of whom are considered low-income.  In 2000, City Stage initiated a new after school program for elementary and middle school students that has since expanded to provide programming for teens and emerging adult artists.   


 


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2010 to Aug 31, 2011
Projected Income $287,300.00
Projected Expense $257,358.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Artist-in-Residence School Programs
  • Out-of-School Programs
  • Touring Productions

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Overview

Mission Statement

City Stage Co.’s mission is to provide opportunities for urban children and families to participate in the performing arts so they can make discoveries about themselves and the world.  For nearly 40 years, the Company has created hands-on exhibits, participatory touring productions for under-served audiences throughout Eastern Massachusetts in libraries, schools, and community centers.  For 35 years, City Stage Company has brought free intensive, multi-session theater education programs to the Boston Public Schools, currently working with three schools to serve over 500 students, 84% of whom are considered low-income.  In 2000, City Stage initiated a new after school program for elementary and middle school students that has since expanded to provide programming for teens and emerging adult artists.   


 


Background Statement

Founded in 1974, City Stage Company created a unique brand of original interactive theater productions that invite audiences to join the actors on stage and play roles.  By creating age-appropriate opportunities for the audience to participate in the performance, City Stage creates a dynamic experience for audiences ages three to young adult.  By carefully constructing experiential learning opportunities, children and youth are highly engaged and construct meaning through the theatre arts process.

 

Our in-school programs provide students from kindergarten through 8th grade the opportunity to experience the arts in the classroom at a time when there is increased emphasis on testing and core subjects.  These programs give students access to high-level language environments not generally found at home or in other classrooms, making sophisticated texts accessible by giving students the opportunity to recreate these stories using their own personal experience.  In putting public school students “on stage” through classroom-based theater arts activities, our primary goal is to provide students with new ways to become sophisticated readers and critical thinkers, to build self-knowledge and esteem, to express creativity, and to succeed in the language and dramatic arts.  City Stage artists and teachers co-lead each class.  The artist leads theater activities with support form the teacher and the teacher leads text-based work with support from the artist.  Both are engaged throughout each in-class session.

 

Out-of-school we offer free touring shows that introduce children to live theater; theater game tournaments that give children a taste of what it means to participate in theater activities; and after school programs that build performance skills and launch children into a continuum of opportunities for theater arts instruction.  This continuum culminates in our Stage Door Troupe, which trains older teens to deliver our touring shows that introduce children in the community to live theater.  

 

Over the years, City Stage has consistently received recognition of the Company’s work:

 

·       Received an American Association of Museums MUSE Award for interactive video about children and racism featured at the Smithsonian and museums nationwide.

·       Produced M.L.K.: We Are the Dream, an original play about the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s that ran successfully at New York’s American Place Theater and was turned into an Emmy Award winning television special. 

·       In 2006, Susan Gassett was the recipient of the Theatre Hero Award, presented by StageSource, Boston’s alliance of theater artists and producers, for her outstanding vision, inspiration and service to the theatre community of Greater Boston.  

·       Awarded an Arts in Education Dissemination Grant from the Federal Department of Education 2004-2007.

·       Received a 2005 Elliot Norton Award from the Boston Theater Critics Association, for 30 years of inspiring children and their families to make discoveries about themselves through theater.

·       Awarded The Cloud Foundation’s Paris Grant in 2007 for Teen Stages to travel to France to meet and work with French teen performance groups and debut an original play.

 

As a learning organization, City Stage Co.’s underlying philosophy is that all children will benefit from participation in the arts, and that each program is flexible enough to accommodate all levels of experience and ability. 

 

“In drama I discovered a voice within myself.  I learned I can speak up, speak to a crowd, voice my opinion.  I let loose and let my personality talk.  No longer am I shy.” Dalisa, age 14

 


Impact Statement

City Stage Co. provides exceptional opportunities for urban youth to participate in the performing arts.  Company programs offer children and youth a combination of short-term, steppingstone opportunities that open the door to in-depth programs providing sequential and progressive instruction.  All programs are provided free.

 

For nearly 40 years, City Stage has sparked the imaginations of young audiences with 55 original works exploring literature, science, cultural heritage, and social issues.  Our dedicated and experienced staff are trained in our unique brand of theater, making it a participatory experience that gives children early opportunities to take the stage. 

 

Located in the South End/Lower Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, City Stage’s goals are to perform, educate and collaborate. 

 

·      We Make the Whole City Our Stage - sending original, participatory plays to family audiences in neighborhoods where they live and delivering performances daily as Artistic Director of the Carl & Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation KidStage at the Boston Children’s Museum, reaching 120,000+ annually. 

·      We Put City Youth on Stage - offering free, intensive performing arts education programs for over 2,000 urban kids annually, in and out of school. 

·      We Share the Spotlight - partnering with organizations to share resources, reach more kids and deepen the impact of this important work, including Blackstone Community Center, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston Ballet, Boston History & Innovations Collaborative, Boston Public Schools, Children’s Hospital Boston, and WGBH. Blackstone Community Center; Children’s Hospital Boston; WGBH; the Castle Square, Madison Park Village, and Mandela housing complexes; the Salvation Army; and the South End/Lower Roxbury Youth Workers Alliance.


 


Needs Statement

Research demonstrates the positive impacts of the arts on low-income neighborhoods - reducing criminal activity and lowering truancy rates.  City Stage’s out-of-school programs serve at-risk urban youth ages 9 to 18 from low-income neighborhoods in Boston.  While the South End of Boston has many cultural institutions, it is also home to 11 of the 25 pubic housing developments for families in all of Boston whose participation in the arts is severely limited.  City Stage is designed to work with this population.  Participants are predominantly low-income minorities and come from the South End and surrounding neighborhoods, including Dorchester, Chinatown, Mattapan and Roxbury.  


CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

Greater Boston Region-All Neighborhoods
City of Boston- Citywide (please select all areas as well)

City Stage serves Boston Public School students bused from neighborhoods throughout the city of Boston.  A full 84% of these students are considered low-income by the Boston Public Schools.  These are students facing multiple challenges - 84% are minorities, over 25% who speak English as a second language and 25% are special education students. 

 

Our out-of-school programs target children and youth living in the South End/Lower Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, which has the highest crime rate in the city.  A 2010 analysis of out-of-school program participants shows that we are reaching our target population, serving youth primarily from the South End/Lower Roxbury as well as some from Chinatown, Dorchester and Mattapan.  Many youth initially come to City Stage programs through our partnership with the Blackstone Community Center.  The Blackstone Elementary School serves a population of 570 students with 82% Latino, and 14% African American and 4% White or mixed race. Over 90% are considered low-income by the school.

 

We serve 125,000 children and families throughout Boston and Eastern Massachusetts with touring shows. 

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts Education
  2. 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

Artist-in-Residence School Programs

City Stage’s in-school programs provide opportunities to address needs largely unique to urban students: 1) Accessing the performing arts, which is otherwise either unavailable or at best limited; 2) Creating a community of learners among students who are bused from different neighborhoods of the city; 3) Accessing high-level language environments not generally found at home or in other classrooms; 4) Making required texts accessible by giving students the opportunity to recreate these stories using their own personal experience; 5) Tying academic achievement to emerging identity; and 6) Promoting imagination and self-regulatory behaviors that support academic work.

 

City Stage has been testing, refining and delivering the SpotLit program at the Rogers Middle School since 2003.  SpotLit infuses the dramatic arts into the school’s language arts curriculum to help teachers discover and use a variety of ways to investigate their language arts curriculum and teach students in the dramatic arts.  This innovative program model is based on the Performance Cycle created by the ArtsLiteracy Project at Brown University and was developed through a U.S. Department of Education grant.   SpotLit provides 200-250 urban middle school students classroom instruction, taking them through an attractive yet rigorous theater arts process to analyze, interpret and deeply experience poetry, memoirs, fiction or plays

 

City Stage’s Creative Drama elementary school program is modeled after our middle school SpotLit program.  Creative Drama uses the same framework to enable elementary school students to use theater to more deeply explore books and curriculum themes that are part of the curriculum, and to educate students in the dramatic arts.  The basic structure for each class is a quick check-in followed by a physical warm-up.  Students then engage in theater games that are tied to curriculum and learning goals.


 

Budget  $94,150
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Artists-in-Residence
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 

At the Rogers we use qualitative surveys and quantitative analysis of test scores, attendance, class participation, disciplinary actions and teachers’ classroom practice to assess the program’s success.  A recent qualitative survey asked students to comment on what discoveries they made about themselves duringSpotLit; howSpotLithelped them in English Language Arts; and whether it helped them be more engaged during class.  The survey showed:

 

  • 85% of students report being more engaged duringSpotLit. 
  • 95% of students report looking forward to havingSpotLit
  • 88% reportSpotLithelps to understand the text better.
  • “I wish we hadSpotLiteveryday – it makes it easier for me to learn.”  7thgrader
  • “I discovered that I like working as a class better than by myself-it helps me want to work.” 8thgrader

 

Teacher feedback is extremely positive and indicates we are achieving expected outcomes.

 

·     “City Stage is an important program for our students particularly because it focuses on teambuilding and social behaviors that are vital to the special needs of our students.”McKinley Elementary School teacher

·     “Often times children who feel timid or shy in other classroom situations seem to blossom during the whole group dramatic play.”  Tynan Elementary School Teachers referring to special education students

·     “SpotLit Students, and their families, are able to break through the stereotypes they have about their own limitations.  As a result, we see improved academic performance, which is the most important factor in preventing students from later dropping out in high school.” Andrew Bott, Rogers Middle School Principal

 

Program Long-Term Success 

Test scores show the program’s long term impact.  For example, at the Rogers,MCAS test scores in language arts have trended positive from the time the program was first implemented, with 32% of 8thgrade students scoring at the Advanced or Proficient levels before the program was implemented, and 66% following implementation. 

Program Success Monitored By 

For school programs, the following logic model framework outlines how success is measured:

 

Outcome

Indicators

Data Collected

Improved student performance

Increase homework completion; improved test scores

Classroom grades.

Improve classroom environment

Improved attendance, classroom behavior, participation

 

Engage students in group work

 

 

Students report classwork is fun/engaging.

Attendance rates, disciplinary action,

 

 

 

Meeting group production goals – narrative work, presentations, etc.  teacher data;

 

Verbal student feedback.

Changing teacher practice

Use of City Stage techniques in regular classroom sessions.

Teachers note use of techniques during Creative Drama program on non-City Stage days

 

Examples of Program Success 

Test scores show the program’s success.  At the Rogers,MCAS test scores in language arts have trended positive from the time the program was first implemented, with 32% of 8thgrade students scoring at the Advanced or Proficient levels before the program was implemented, and 66% following implementation. 


Out-of-School Programs

City Stage’s out-of-school programs are an engaging continuum of opportunities for youth ages 9 to 23 that emphasize acquisition of theatre arts skills through sequenced activities that culminate in year-end productions. After School with City Stage for 20 youth ages 9 to 13 is the first step in the continuum, meeting weekly throughout the school year to introduce children to live theater and engage them in the production of an original show. 

 

Youth can move on to Teen Stages, which serves 15-20 teens ages 14 to 18 year-round with weekly classes during the school year and two nights a week in the summer.  The program builds on the After School program and helps teens take on more responsibility, receiving and utilizing feedback and direction in a positive and constructive manner, and gaining exposure to culture by going to see plays and other performance events.  Teen Stages’ puts on original performances for the community that combine improv, scripted scenes, theater games, stage combat and choreographed dance. 

 

Our Teen Assistant Program offers an early apprenticeship opportunity for three to four high school teens to work in the After School program, thus gaining valuable teaching, leadership and theater arts skills. 

 

City Stage Co.’s Stage Door Troupe is a powerful program that serves 7-8 emerging artists who are ethnically and socio-economically diverse as they transition between high school and college level theatre training.  These professionals ages 18 to 23 reach young, low-income audiences of over 1,000 with local tours of community-based theater.  Venues for these free performances include South End community agencies, schools, museums, festivals and housing developments that enable City Stage to reach our target audience.

Budget  $102,121
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theater Arts Instruction
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 

In FY11, City Stage’s youth initiative reached 45 youth with in-depth programs that can change the course of their lives, and over 1,000 children and families through public performances staged by these youth.

 

Feedback from participants gives the best indication of our programs’ success.

 

“City Stage is so much fun!  I hope I get to be a teen assistant when I am old enough.”

           Christopher, 11 years old

 

“Afterschool helped give me confidence and be more comfortable acting-City Stage helped me get ready for the auditions to Boston Arts Academy and I got it!”

            Yani, 13 years old

 

Program Long-Term Success 

City Stage’s out-of-school youth initiatives have been recognized for both their quality and the accomplishments of participating teens.  In 2007, the Teen Stages program was awarded The Cloud Foundation’s Paris Grant, enabling the entire group to travel to France to meet and work with French teen performance groups and debut an original play.

 

In 2009, Travion "T.J." Williams receivedthe "Outstanding Student Leader Award" from the Hunt Alternatives Fund following six years with City Stage as a member of Teen Stages, a Teen Assistant and a Stage Door actor. 

 

To date the Stage Door Troupe has reached a total audience of 2,300 children and families, performing tours ofVisions of Sugar Plums,an original family-theater version of the traditional holiday tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann;Why Rat Came First,a traditional tale about Chinese New Year;A Kid-Summer Night’s Dreamin partnership with the Commonwealth Shakespeare Co. introducing highlights fromA Midsummer Night's Dream;andCharlie Tales – The Green Line, the first in a planned series of original productions focused on locations along Boston’s subway system that adapts well-known stories and gives them a Boston twist.   

 

Among our out-of-school program graduates, we have numerous college graduates and current students, as well as actors who were accepted to the Boston Arts Academy.  Noted one current participant:

 

In college, I now plan on taking up early childhood education and becoming a teacher - I never thought I'd want to do this until I realized how much I love helping young kids and how fun they are to be a role model for….City Stage has given me so much support and opportunities. 

Sharon – Stage Door Actor

Program Success Monitored By 

City Stage uses specific evaluation tools for each program.  TheAfter School with City StageandTeen Stagesprograms use:

 

  • Semi-annual assessment - at the end of each semester, staff and students will visit our goals to assess our progress and make needed adjustments.
  • Written self-evaluations filled out by participants.
  • Written evaluations by the instructors.
  • Written work of participants – poems, autobiographies, scenes and monologues.

 

Every other week there is an education staff meeting led by our Associate Director for Education to review our goals, go over the body of work being created in classes, and discuss the teens’ progress.  All of this evaluation information is used at these meetings to refine the programs and make appropriate adjustments throughout the year.

 

Teen Assistants’ performance is evaluated using the following tools: 

 

·     A 30-minute meeting before each class for feedback regarding the teens’ work.

·     A self-evaluation filled out by the Teen Assistants at pre- and post-program.

·     An individual evaluation meeting with staff mid- and end-of-year to discuss the self-evaluation and developing job skills, and make any needed changes.

 

TheStage Door Troupeare evaluated during each rehearsal and performance, with the director providing rehearsal notes to each actor to be incorporated into the next rehearsal/performance and the tour manager rating teens on their job performance – reaching out to the community to plan each show; interactions with adults and children before, during and after the shows; and being on time and prepared for rehearsal and performances.  Each actor receives a third of their wages following assessment of their job performance by City Stage staff. 

Examples of Program Success 

A 2010 analysis found that the after school program continuum is working, reaching our target population and moving youth along the continuum.  Specifically, we found amongTeen StagesandStage Doorparticipants that youth live in our target neighborhoods, they have participated in one to three City Stage programs for an average of two to four years; and that a third seek out leadership opportunities when they are old enough to work asTeenAssistantsin theAfter Schoolprogram.


Touring Productions

City Stage tours free 30-45 minute participatory performances for under-served audiences throughout Eastern Massachusetts in libraries, schools, and community centers, reaching over 20,000 children and adults annually.  Our newest show,D.W. Counts Down to Kindergarten, is being performed in 30 community locations throughout the city to help families of 4-year-olds start the process of preparing for the transition to Boston Public Kindergarten.  Since 2009, City Stage has brought 16 free performances of two touring shows to summer visitors on George’s Island,provided in partnership with the Boston Harbor Alliance.  City Stage also serves as Artistic Director of the Museum’s Carl & Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation Kid Stage and shows are performed 363 days a year for over 100,000 people.

City Stage’s is currently working to launch a new tour offering a menu of shows connecting urban Bostonians to the city’s history and diversity through the dynamic lens of the MBTA.  All shows will be hosted by an actor portraying Charlie, an iconic fictional Boston character made famous by the story and song “Charlie and the MTA.”

Five productions would be included in the tour, each connected to a different line of the MBTA public transit system. 

Budget  $50,000
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theatrical Performances
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Families
Program Short-Term Success 

The City Stage Company’s touring program is evaluated informally through feedback from participating families, and through ongoing discussions with staff at host locations.  City Stage takes audience feedback seriously and makes adjustments to its productions to address community needs articulated through this feedback. 

 

The feedback for City Stage’s past tours has been universally positive.  A formal summative evaluation of the 2007-2008 school-based tour ofWhat’s the Big Idea?concluded that the play allowed students to experience a performing arts presentation, for some their first exposure to this genre, and to further their study of innovation following the performance, using the play as a jumping off point for learning about many unique innovators from Massachusetts.  Teachers called the show “attention grabbing throughout”and noted:

 

  • For an inner city charter school, it was important we had them see such professional actors.
  • It helped broaden student vocabulary as well as their ideas about new concepts.
Program Long-Term Success 

In 2006-2007 over 6,000 Bostonians attendedBuster has Asthma,an original play about effective asthma management that  toured 60 community locations in five Boston neighborhoods with the highest rates of childhood asthma in America.  Another 17,500 students and their teachers are attendingWhat’s the Big Idea,developed in partnership with the Boston History & Innovations Collaborative, as it tours 70 elementary schools in Boston and Greater Boston from 2006 to 2008.

 

A survey of parents who sawBuster Has Asthmarevealed 50% plan to do something differently as a result of seeing the play and a two-month follow-up showed that siblings became more involved in the care and management of asthma within the family. 

Program Success Monitored By 

ForThe Charlie Talestour, City Stage will create a quick five-question survey for audience members following a performance.  As added enticement, those who take the survey will be eligible for a drawing.  The five-question survey will be conducted using prepaid postcards; text prompts and mobile applications that allow Company staff to take down responses after show.  The Company would be particularly grateful for the support of Bank of America employee volunteers to help capture as much audience feedback as possible.  The survey will ask:

 

  1. What will you remember when you think about this show?
  2. Have you and your children attended any live performances in the past year?
  3. Have you visited this site before today?
  4. How did you hear about today’s show?
  5. How important was it to you that the performance was free? Scale of 1-5 Not very to Extremely Important.

 

In addition, by placing prompts on the stage backdrop similar to signs on a subway station wall requesting feedback, City Stage will be able to collect spontaneous comments, suggestions and feedback. 

 

Examples of Program Success 

City Stage’s programs have been so successful that the Company received a2005 Elliot Norton Awardfrom the Boston Theater Critics Association, for 30 years of inspiring children and their families to make discoveries about themselves through theater.


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Larry Coen
CEO Term Start Sept 2008
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Made his City Stage Co. debut in 1982 as the Talking House in "Energy Matters." He is the co-author, with "Friends" creator David Crane, of the play "Epic Proportions," which had a Broadway run in 1999. Coen is a professional actor, who received a 2007 Elliot Norton Award for "Outstanding Actor, Small/Midsize Company" from the Boston Theater Critics' Association. Coen's award is for his performances in "The Plexiglass Menagerie," "Silent Night of the Lambs" (The Gold Dust Orphans), "Miss Witherspoon" (Lyric Stage Company), "The Taming of the Shrew" (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), "Samurai 7.0: Under Construction" (Beau Jest Moving Theatre)
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Ms. Susan Gassett Sept 1974 Sept 2008

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Chandra Pieragostini Associate Director for Education

Chandra Pieragostini, Associate Director of Education, has worked for City Stage Company since 1992 as an actor, director and artistic educator.  She has taught and served as play director in many City Stage Co's programs including Health Careers Academy, the Rogers Middle School, McKinley Elementary, City Streets Teen Theater in Lowell, the Stage Door Players, and Afterschool with City Stage Co.   Chandra is currently teaching in the SpotLit program at the Rogers Middle School.  She has a B.A. in theater from Brandeis. She is an Equity actress often seen in the Elliot Norton Award winning comedy, Shear Madness, America's Longest running play; is Director of Merrimack Repertory Theater’s Young Artists at Play summer program; and is an artist in residence for the Lemberg Children's Center at Brandeis University. 

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Challenge America Grant National Endowment for the Arts 2011
Paris Award Cloud Foundation 2007
Theater Hero Award Stage Source 2006
Elliott Norton Award Boston Theater Critics Association 2005
Arts in Education Dissemination Grant U.S. Department of Education 2004

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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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

Maintaining partnerships is a core activity for City Stage. Strong partnerships with schools, community agencies and touring locations insure that City Stage is able to recruit and retain our target audience/population.School partners are selected based on need and willingness of both teachers and administrators to commit to the partnership.  Current partnerships are between two and 25 years old.  The Blackstone Community, a partner since 2000, is now hosting all of City Stage’s after school programs.  This follows years of City Stage piecing together space at several different locations around the South End, none of which provided needed consistency.  Stage Door touring partners include many repeat venues that have come to rely on City Stage for free programming, including formal partners as well as community agencies - South End Library, area housing developments, Roxbury Children’s Services and the Strand Theatre. We focus on places that are within walking distance from City Stage to serve our neighborhood. 

 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 3
Number of Contract Staff 30
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 8
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 12
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 10
Male: 13
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Andrene Plummer
Board Chair Company Affiliation Moduslink
Board Chair Term Jan 2006 - Dec 2012
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Larry Coen City Stage Co. Exofficio
Ms. Ellen Gulachenski Harvard University Voting
Ms. Andrene Plummer Moduslink Voting
Mr. Rick Stockwood Self-Employed Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

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

Board Information

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

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Company is guided by a committed four member board of directors that supports ongoing strategic planning and organizational capacity building to improve fundraising and administrative functions.  Members have been selected for their specific expertise – a lawyer who advises City Stage on contracts, compliance with labor laws and related issues; a public relations and marketing specialist who advertises the Company through online tools including Twitter, Facebook; and a technology expert who maintains the website. 

 

In recent years, the board has led the Company through several major projects and transitions, including:

 

  • A complete capital renovation of our office space to create a dynamic space that facilitates programs and community gatherings;
  • A rebranding of the Company’s identify with a new logo and website launched in 2010; and
  • A successful transition from the Company’s founder following 33 years of dedication and service.

 

City Stage plans to expand the board by recruiting one or more individuals who work with youth in fields outside the arts to bring their expertise to the table to increase the Company’s understanding of the social needs of our participants. 

 

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2010 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2009 (%)

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2010 to Aug 31, 2011
Projected Income $287,300.00
Projected Expense $257,358.00
Form 990s

2011 City Stage Co. 990

2010 City Stage Co. 990

2009 City Stage Co. 990

2008 City Stage Co. 990

Audit Documents

2012 City Stage Co. Audit

2011 City Stage Co. Audit

2010 City Stage Co. Audit

2009 City Stage Co. Audit

2008 City Stage Co. Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Total Revenue $197,917 $244,966 $235,615
Total Expenses $306,059 $261,057 $241,873

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- $163,165 $130,895
Government Contributions $13,700 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $13,700 -- --
Individual Contributions $87,267 $24,680 $43,347
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $96,950 $55,300 $60,828
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- $545
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- $1,821 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Program Expense $245,273 $214,623 $196,443
Administration Expense $43,211 $26,174 $31,299
Fundraising Expense $17,575 $20,260 $14,131
Payments to Affiliates -- $0 $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.65 0.94 0.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses 80% 82% 81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 17% 11% 8%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Total Assets $30,962 $136,553 $147,682
Current Assets $21,325 $120,343 $124,696
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $1,790 $6,226 $1,264
Total Net Assets $29,172 $130,327 $146,418

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
Linde Family Foundation $50,000.00
Linde Family Foundation $50,000.00
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation $35,000.00
O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation $35,000.00
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
EdVestors $44,000.00
Hestia Fund $15,000.00

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
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 2011 2010 2009
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 11.91 19.33 98.65

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

City Stage has always been a flexible arts organization that can adapt to the changing economic times and as a result, the Company has survived for nearly 40 years.  While the economic downturn brought the loss or reduction of funding from some supporters, City Stage Co. has been able to sustain programs and saw the return of some funders who had been forced to temporarily curtail their grantmaking.  City Stage Company operates on an annual budget of approximately $250,000, keeping our overhead low by renting office space and delivering programs in community spaces that are provided in-kind.  City Stage has worked hard since FY05 to build our fund balance.  Despite the difficult economic climate in recent years, the Company’s fund balance had a net gain of $120,000, growing from $10,000 in FY04 to $129,000 by the end of FY11.

 

Foundation Comments

This organization's financial summary data is per the audits, with expense data per the 990s.  For the 2010 expenses, the expenses did not total; as such, the remainder has been listed as fundraising to mimic the 2009 990 expenses.

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Impact

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