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Wellesley Theatre Project Inc.

 98 R Central Street
 Wellesley, MA 02482
[P] (781) 2351550
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www.wellesleytheatreproject.org
[email protected]
Hillary Drew
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INCORPORATED: 2012
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EIN 45-4189831

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

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Wellesley Theatre Project empowers youth with life skills learned through exceptional performing arts education, and then challenges them to become citizen artists -- improving the quality of life in their local and global community by emphasizing collaboration, cultural and social understanding.

Mission Statement

Wellesley Theatre Project empowers youth with life skills learned through exceptional performing arts education, and then challenges them to become citizen artists -- improving the quality of life in their local and global community by emphasizing collaboration, cultural and social understanding.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2011 to Aug 31, 2012
Projected Income $121,147.00
Projected Expense $96,128.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Community Outreach
  • Productions
  • Theatre Arts Camps
  • Theatre Classes
  • Workshops and Master Classes

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Overview

Mission Statement

Wellesley Theatre Project empowers youth with life skills learned through exceptional performing arts education, and then challenges them to become citizen artists -- improving the quality of life in their local and global community by emphasizing collaboration, cultural and social understanding.


Background Statement

Wellesley Theatre Project is a nonprofit organization that provides young people the opportunity to study and experience theater and performing arts through classes, fully realized productions, workshops, master classes, and summer camps lead by theatrical professionals and degreed educators. 

Within an inclusive and motivating environment, teaching artists apply a holistic approach to teaching the theatre arts which connects students to every aspect of performance (acting, singing, dancing, etc.); including behind the scenes design and technology, direction and production, and creative writing. 

Regardless of ability or experience, Wellesley Theatre Project inspires students to strive for their own personal best; empowering them with confidence and social skills they may not necessarily receive in conventional academic or extracurricular activities.  

Wellesley Theatre Project encourages students to apply their knowledge and techniques learned through the theatre arts to develop “Artistic Citizenship” which emphasizes collaboration, cultural and social understanding and giving back to the community. Multiple opportunities for performance outreach is built into WTP curricula. 

Wellesley Theatre Project provides a unique opportunity for self discovery, problem solving and taking risks in a safe and supportive environment. Students learn and develop important life skills and foster confidence that will become an integral part of their personal growth, which will serve them well in their future disciplines and professions; helping them find their path in our local and global community. 

WTP was formed to meet the demand from the community.  There were limited opportunities for elementary students to learn about and participate in performing arts - outside of instrument and dance lessons. The Wellesley Public School Performing Arts Department’s Learning goals are incorporated into WTP’s elementary school aged program, providing a head start and early exposure to this celebrated and successful programming in our school community.  As a result, WTP believes it will encourage increased participation rates in the WPS classrooms, and strengthen an already successful middle and high school program.


Impact Statement

Accomplishments

Since incorporating in January, 2012, Wellesley Theatre Project has much to celebrate.

-WTP founders drafted articles of incorporation, assembled a team of passionate board members, and began the first stage of Year One planning.

-WTP Team completed a business plan complete with program and revenue goals for the next three years.

-WTP wrote and submitted IRS Form 1023 to obtain exempt status.  WTP received approval and was designated a 501 (c) 3 organization.

-WTP launched a grass roots fundraising campaign to cover start up costs for year one.    The campaign was a success and provided required funding needed to begin summer camp operations.  Additionally, early funding made it possible to sign a lease for permanent year-round classes beginning September, 2012.

Goals

Program- Meet programmatic goals with a focus on quality educational opportunities for youth.

Raise Awareness/ Profile in Community - Continue to utilize all communication avenues to spread the word of WTP classes, productions, outreach in the community.

Reach Enrollment Goals -  WTP seeks to build on success of summer camps and meet enrollment goals for each Fall and Spring class.

Reach Revenue Goals to fully support programs directed by the mission.

- WTP will create and implement a successful development plan, which will include creation of a membership program, and solicitation strategies for individuals, businesses, foundations, state and local grants, and other revenue generating programs. 

  • WTP will seek donations to cover business expenses as well as provide students with need based scholarships.
  • FY2013 contemplates an understanding that first year donors may lower their annual commitment year two, but also accounts for new donor growth in local community support in the areas of grants, individuals, and businesses.
  • Earned revenue goals will be met through enrollment, ticket sales, advertising and sponsorship income.

Needs Statement

Increase Revenue - Meet enrollment and fund development goals in order to meet monthly lease obligations, general operating (staff, teaching artists), and production expenses.

Increase Community Awareness - Continue to share news of WTP to community.  WTP seeks to increase articles/mentions in the press, online sources, and word of mouth.

Meet year one operational and programming goals, designed directly from the mission, with a motivated and skilled staff.

Volunteers - Expand on current pool and develop a thriving, committed and passionate volunteer base.

Successfully prepare new leased space for year round classes and rehearsals by Fall 2012.  (Install flooring, move-in, etc.)


CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

METROWEST REGION, MA
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
Wellesley Theatre Project is located in Wellesley, MA.  Classes and production camps began June 2012.  While the highest percentage of students are from Wellesley, enrollment included youth from all over the MetroWest area.  Children enrolled were from towns including: Wellesley, Needham, Natick, Weston, Sudbury, Hull, Waban and Newton.

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Theater
  2. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  3. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Performing Arts

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

Community Outreach

Touring and Community Outreach

WTP seeks a broad range of community engagement experiences.  Activities may include:

  • a youth touring program that offers free performance opportunities to the community.  Venues may include libraries, festivals, schools. 
  • field trip opportunities for schools offering cultural experiences to children who may not have been previously exposed to theatre arts programming.  WTP may provide mini-curricula and study guides to teachers to continue the learning experience in the classroom. 
  • a community outreach program that consists of WTP staff visiting schools to teach, and provide hands on experience for students.
  • Playwriting contest conducted within the schools with opportunities for students to perform original works.
  • ReActing: Citizen Artists in Action will feature WTP students who will choose a charitable nonprofit organization to partner and showcase each year. 

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Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Performing Arts
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families General/Unspecified
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Productions

A hallmark of the organization is its emphasis on educational theatre arts components in addition to high quality production opportunities.

 

Production Classes: (September - June)

12- Weeks each (Fall, Spring) 

Students will explore their creativity and expand their acting, singing, and dancing skills.  From audition preparation to Opening Night, all students will explore what it takes to produce a stage show.  Need based tuition scholarships are available.

  • Production Rehearsals - including group and individual coaching sessions with the director, musical director and choreographer.  
  • Each session concludes with a fully realized production professionally produced and ticketed for the public at a venue such as Wellesley Middle School auditorium.
Budget  $0.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theatrical Performances
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Families General/Unspecified
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Theatre Arts Camps

3-Week Musical Theatre Intensives  open to 2nd-12th Grade- Students will explore their creativity and expand their acting, singing, and dancing skills.  From audition preparation to Opening Night, all students will explore what it takes to produce a stage show.  

A typical day will include:
  • General theatre arts classes (acting, character development, dance)
  • Production Rehearsals - including group and individual coaching sessions with the director, musical director and choreographer.  
  • Each camp concludes with a fully realized production professionally produced and ticketed for the public at a venue such as Wellesley Middle School auditorium.  

1- Week Theatre Arts Camps for students PreK to  1st grade.

    • PreK to 1st grade
      • Using well loved stories, children learn acting basics, beginning theatre, movement, and arts and crafts.  
      • On last day of camp, students will have a chance to share their new skills with family and friends.
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Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theater Arts Instruction
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) K-12 (5-19 years) Families
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Theatre Classes

Creating high quality, fully realized productions to share with the public will always be a large component of Wellesley Theatre Project. However, the training that earns you those productions is just as important.  Need based scholarships are available to cover all or part of tuition.

WTP offers age specific training classes after school. Experienced students and first time actors will hone their skills and through the study of improvisation, singing, dancing, stage combat, and overall performance skills. WTP students will gain a competitive edge when it comes to auditioning for other productions, and most importantly, top notch programs at conservatories and universities across the globe.

    • Two Semesters, 12- Weeks each (Fall, Spring) 
    • Mini- terms, 4-weeks each, (Fall, Spring) 

Curriculum offering may include:  

    • Acting, Musical Theatre, Improvisation
    • Theatrical Design, Technical Production
    • Stage Combat, puppeteering
Budget  $0.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theater Arts Instruction
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
Program Short-Term Success  *
Program Long-Term Success  *
Program Success Monitored By  *
Examples of Program Success  *

Workshops and Master Classes

  • Workshops and master classes are offered for a variety of ages involving different areas of study throughout the year taught by industry professionals.
Budget  $0.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theater Arts Instruction
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Families General/Unspecified
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Hillary C Drew
CEO Term Start Jan 2012
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

With a BA in Theatre from University of Central Florida, Hillary has a decade of experience working professionally as a teaching artist, director, producer, and youth theatre program director in Colorado and Florida.   In these capacities, Hillary took a leadership role in her community as an arts advocate and was instrumental in growing existing programs both artistically and administratively.  Her work with community outreach, marketing efforts and grant preparation, was critical to both the organizational impact on the community, but also its ability to be sustainable. 

Hillary began her love for theatre at the age of three.   Knowing the positive impact it brought into her life, her passions grew into a desire to share this art and her skills with the next generation. Hillary is very excited to begin a new journey at WTP, and becoming a part of the Wellesley Community.

“I believe that the theatre arts further one’s character,  understanding, and growth as an individual. My goal as an educator is to inspire students to create, explore, think critically, have an understanding of what’s going on around them and enjoy every minute of it!”

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. Benjamin Dixon Rush Artistic Director/ Co-Founder

For over 20 years, Ben has worked in all aspects of the theatre as a performer, director, designer, technician, carpenter, and youth educator. Ben attended Florida School of the Arts majoring in Acting and pursuing his Associate in Science degree. Later, he formally expanded his knowledge in Technical Direction with a B.F.A. from University of North Carolina School of the Arts.  

As a performer, Ben grew into such roles as Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), Cervantes/Quixote (Man of La Mancha), Harold Hill (The Music man), James Leeds (Children of a Lesser God - Best Actor, SETC 2007), and the title role in Shakespeare's Macbeth (Best Actor, District V Thespians 2007). Ben was honored to be a part of the nationally cast World Premiere of RAGTIME: School Edition, and featured on the Original Cast Recording of that production.   

Ben worked professionally in Orlando as a stunt performer at Universal Studios Orlando as well as an actor with regional houses such as Florida Children's Repertory Theatre, Orlando Rep, and Mad Cow Theatre.  As a child of educators, Ben followed his own desire and dream to teach.  

Ben began by working with high school students as a technical design consultant. Then, he directed and taught both youth and adults through performance camps, classes and productions with various Orlando organizations.  Ben furthered his practical experience with the commercial technical side of the performing arts while working with PRG.  Ben co-founded Wellesley Theatre Project to pursue his passion for teaching and he looks forward to training the next generation of artists.    www.benjamindrush.com

"Life is all about choices, and so is art. By playing a character, creating a dance, or designing a world; an artist can and will affect themselves as well as others. My goal is to allow our students to take ownership over the art and the world it exists in. By doing so, they hone a craft and learn valuable life skills- all while gaining the courage to find their voice, make their choice, as a Citizen Artist."

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Collaborations

Whether through classes or rehearsals, WTP will emphasize collaboration, and promote cultural and social understanding as it relates specifically to the piece they are studying.  In the initiative, ReActing: Citizen Artists in Action, WTP will choose another charitable nonprofit organization to partner and showcase each year.  From that, students will create and devise a production or installation influenced by the organization. ReActing will also meet regularly to do a service projects within the community. 

From the start, WTP founders reached out to the Wellesley Public School Department of Performing Arts, and incorporated their learning goals into the organizations’ mission and curriculums.  WTP has a cooperative and complementary relationship with Wellesley Public Schools. Elizabeth Perry, Director of Performing Arts for the Wellesley Schools, supports the WTP initiative and together they collaborated on a free master class led by a Broadway actor.  Wellesley Theatre Project has already reached out to all the area drama and music teachers offering free tickets and invitations for future collaborations.  WTP participated as a sponsor in the June PMC Kids Ride and they facilitated a craft/entertainment table at the Wellesley Mother’s Forum June event.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Wellesley Theatre Project’s principals and founders are made up of Teaching Artists- theatre professionals and degreed educators; along with experts in theatre operations, design and technical direction.  WTP also has a growing and deeply committed board of directors who volunteer their expertise in financing, fund development, marketing and theatre management. With decades of experience on stage, behind the scenes and in front of the house – the WTP management understand what it takes to run a theatre company and stage fully realized productions.

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 5
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
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 Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt
State Registration Exempt

Risk Management Provisions

Accident and Injury Coverage
Commercial General Liability
Commercial General Insurance
Business Income
Liquor Liability
Corporal Punishment Liability
Special Event Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Workplace Violence

Reporting and Evaluations

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

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Michael J Scholl
Board Chair Company Affiliation Alteris
Board Chair Term Jan 2012 -
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Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Susan Cable NA Voting
Ms. Hillary C. Drew Wellesley Theatre Project Voting
Ms. Belinda Harter Scholl & Vandervoort Consulting Voting
Mr. Benjamin Dixon Rush Wellesley Theatre Project Voting
Ms. Elizabeth D. Scholl Scholl & Vandervoort Consulting Voting
Mr. Michael J. Scholl Alteris, a member of Argo Group Voting
Jill Woods NA --

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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 3
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

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

Standing Committees

  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Finance

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Financials


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Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2011 to Aug 31, 2012
Projected Income $121,147.00
Projected Expense $96,128.00
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2012 Form 1023

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

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Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

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Foundation Comments

This is a new nonprofit organization and, as such, has no financials posted.  The nonprofit has posted their Form 1023 for review, which is their application for 501(c)(3) status; on page nine, the document details the nonprofit's anticipated revenue for the next three years.

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