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Chance Theater 

Also Known As: The Chance Theater
5522 E La Palma Avenue 
Anaheim, CA  92807


Contact: Erika Miller
Fax: 714 -459-7873 
Web Site:
  • This organization is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity.
  • Financial information in this report is derived from the organization's December 31, 2015 Form 990.

How to Help

The Chance is currently seeking funding for its annual campaign, its educational programming, and its seasonal programming. A highlight of some of the sponsorship opportunities available are:Adopt a Chair in a our new theater for $2,500 or $5,000Underwrite productions or the season as an Executive Producer (starting at $5,000 as an Associate Producer for a play and going up to $25,000 to be the Season Sponsor)Join the Producer's Circle with a gift of $3,500 and support your choice of program: The Artist Circle, the OTR Circle or the Speak Up CircleThere are many creative ways in which the Chance could use your help! Erika Miller, Development Director and Casey Long, Managing Director, would be more than happy to meet with any prospective donors to see how a partnership would be the most beneficial and rewarding for both parties.


  • A65 (Theater)
  • A25 (Arts Education/Schools)
EIN: 11-3679644
Year Founded: Information not available
Ruling Year: 2003
Fiscal Year End Date: December 31, 2015
Assets: $1,075,360
(from Dec 31, 2015 Form 990)
Income: $975,683
(from Dec 31, 2015 Form 990)
No. of Board Members: Information not available
No. of Full-Time Employees: 4
No. of Part-Time Employees: 2
No. of Volunteers: 25

Chief Executive

Oanh Nguyen

Chief Executive Profile

Oanh Nguyen (Artistic Director) has been serving as Chance Theater's founding Artistic Director since 1999. Oanh is a recipient of TCG's New Generations Grant and the TCG Nathan Cummings Young Leaders of Color Fellowship. He was awarded the Outstanding Artist Award by Arts Orange County, profiled in Orange County Register's ""Most Influential People"" 2014 series and OC Weekly's 2014 People Issue, inducted into Anaheim High School's Hall of Fame and recently was the commencement speaker to the 2014 graduation class of Chapman University College of Performing Arts. Oanh was Producing Associate at South Coast Repertory for four years. He also served on the advisory board of the Anaheim High School Performing Arts Conservatory, the board of Network of Ensemble Theatres, LA's 99-seat Transitional Committee, multiple SDC committees and grant panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and Theatre Communications Group. Oanh is a proud member of SDC and SAG-AFTRA. His directing credits include productions at Chance Theater, East West Players, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and South Coast Repertory, and served as the Associate Director for the international tour of David Henry Hwang's "Chinglish" (Berkeley Repertory, South Coast Repertory, Hong Kong Arts Festival). His selected film credits include "Two Brothers" directed by Jean-Jacques Annaude, "Rush Hour 3" directed by Brett Ratner, and "Lonely Boy" directed by Dale Fabrigar (Best First Feature Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Louisiana International Film Festival and Audience Award Winner at the 2013 BolderLife Festival). 



The Chance is dedicated to the creation of exciting theatrical experiences, taking artistic risks, and collaborating with gifted artists on passionate and provocative plays and musicals in order to tell bold, distinctive and innovative stories.The Chance Theater mission is to contribute to a more compassionate, connected, and creative Orange County. We do this by: producing powerful, socially-conscious, provocative, intimate theater experiencesgenerating participation and dialogue between our diverse communitiesnurturing and supporting local artistsinspiring and empowering creative young minds


Program: The Chance Season and Educational Programming
Budget: $787,407
Category: Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served: Adults

Program Description:

The Chance presents a full season of award-winning intimate theater annually from January through December. Season subscription packages, single tickets and sustaining memberships are all available to purchase to attend the productions. Plays generally run for 4-5 weeks and musicals for 5-6 weeks with performances Thursdays through Sundays. The Chance season consists of four productions in its Subscription Series. There are three Theatre for Young Audience productions and two Holiday productions. Also within the season are various events like live music and open mic nights, as well as our reading and workshop series "On the Radar"" which introduces emerging playwrights, new plays and musicals to Chance audiences. The Chance Youth Education and Outreach Programs, which are supported through grants and the Speak Up Circle supporters help to provide full scholarships to our summer youth workshop students, give veterans the opportunity to use theater as part of their healing process, bring young adults to the theater through ticket sponsorships, provide free performances in the community, support other local non-profits through ticket donations, and make theater accessible for all families through our Relaxed Performance initiative.


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Balance Sheet Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2015

Total Note: The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities also must be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.
Assets January 1, 2015 December 31, 2015 Change
Cash & Equivalent $443,293 $202,531 ($240,762)
Accounts Receivable $16,423 $17,042 $619
Pledges & Grants Receivable $0 $0 $0
Receivable/Other Due to changes in the 2008 Form 990, this data is no longer reported. $0 $0 $0
Inventories for Sale or Use $0 $0 $0
Investment/Securities Due to Changes in the 2008 Form, this value now includes Publicly Traded Securities as well as Other Securities. $38,559 $113,796 $75,237
Investment/Other Due to various changes in the way this data is reported in the 2008 Form 990, it may not be possible to accurately compare this data from the 2008 form 990 against the same field on prior forms $0 $0 $0
Fixed Assets The 2008 form does not distinguish between LBE as investments and LBE as fixed assets. This value is equivalent to the sum of both line items on earlier forms (Part IV line 55 plus line 57). $473,449 $701,969 $228,520
Other Program Related Investments is now a separate field on the new form, Part X-13(A) and (B). $39,689 $40,022 $333
Total Assets: $1,011,413 $1,075,360 $63,947

Liabilities January 1, 2015 December 31, 2015 Change
Accounts Payable $65,202 $38,509 ($26,693)
Grants Payable $0 $0 $0
Deferred Revenue $0 $0 $0
Loans and Notes The value on this line may now include payables to former employees, disqualified persons and unrelated third parties. $238,254 $97,408 ($140,846)
Tax-Exempt Bond Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Other Due to various changes in the way this data is reported in the 2008 Form 990, it may not be possible to accurately compare this data from the 2008 Form 990 against the same field on prior forms $0 $0 $0
Total Liabilities: $303,456 $135,917 ($167,539)

Fund Balance: $707,957 $939,443 $231,486


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