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Chance Theater 

5522 E La Palma Avenue 
Anaheim, CA  92807


Contact: Erika Miller
Fax: 714 -459-7873 
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  • 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

As a non-profit theater company, ticket sales only cover half of the costs to run the organization. Chance Theater relies on the generosity of its supporters with gifts of time, talent and treasure to keep our mission alive. Sponsorship opportunities are:Linda & Tod White Artist Fund Challenge– $50,000 challenge grant to the end of 2018 to help us deepen our artistry and increase our artist compensation. Speak Up Fund –Supports our education and outreach programs including our Veteran’s Storytelling Project and our Speak Up – Take a CHANCE teen outreach theatre workshop. OTR New Works Fund –Major initiative to support the freshest voices in American Theater through our New Works series and Resident Playwright program. Become an Honorary Producer. Producers are given the rare opportunity to peek behind the curtain and be part of the process. While you enjoy getting up close and personal with the Chance, you are also providing vital support for the artists, the productions, the organization, and your community. (Gifts range from $5,000 to be an Associate Producer on a play to $35,000 to be an Executive Producer for the Season)Planned gifts - Charitable bequests can help build the long-term financial strength of Chance Theater 


  • 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: 5
No. of Part-Time Employees: 4
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). 



 We believe that theater is like a gym for empathy. It’s where we can go to build up the muscles of compassion, to practice listening, understanding and engaging with people that are not just like ourselves. Our mission is to utilize the power of live theater to contribute to a more compassionate, connected, and creative community. We support this mission by providing socially-conscious, intimate theater experiences, generating dialogue between our diverse communities, empowering young minds, and nurturing local artists.


Program: The Chance Season and Educational Programming
Budget: $970,315
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 generally consists of four to five productions in its Subscription Series, two Theatre for Young Audience productions and a Holiday production. 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 Speak Up Fund donors 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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